A soil frost-susceptibility test and a basis for interpreting heaving rates

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Pages721727; # of pages: 7
SubjectPermafrost; Soils; frost resistance; freezing; frost heaving; frozen soils; heave rates; step freezing temperature; overburden pressure effects; freezing temperature effects; Sol; resistance au gel; congelation (physique); penetration du gel; sol gele
AbstractA soil frost susceptibility test is proposed. The method involves the unidirectional freezing of a saturated sample by imposing a step freezing temperature at one end of the specimen and measuring the heave rate. The two most important conditions that influence heave rate during the test are the overburden pressure and the freezing temperature. Results show that the heave rate can be expressed as an exponential function of the applied overburden/freezing temperature ratio. The desirable features of the proposed freezing technique and the method of interpreting the results are outlined.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number17090
NPARC number20375404
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