Accession Number : AD0266782

Title :   FIELD MOISTURE CONTENT INVESTIGATION - NOVEMBER 1952-MAY 1956 PHASE

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS

Personal Author(s) : WOMACK,L.M. ; MATHEWS,M.J. ; FRY,Z.B.

Report Date : MAY 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Tests were conducted on base course and subgrade materials at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, N. Mex., Sewart AFB, Nashville, Tenn., and Craig AFB, Selma, Ala., located in different climatic regions, to determine the variation in moisture content with time, and the movement and source of moisture beneath airfield pavements. The variation in moisture content with time (all elevations) followed no prescribed pattern of increase or decrease. The 18-in. depth in the subgrade was the only elevation to produce a trend of higher moisture content in the high rainfall zone. The variation (movement) of moisture content across the pavement width was insignificant in the base course and inconsistent for the two elevations in the subgrade. In-place moisture contents varied directly with the soil's plastic limit, liquid limit, plasticity index, optimum moisture content, and percentage of material passing the No. 200 sieve. The variation in moisture content could not be directly related to rainfall zone or climatic region, nor was the source of the moisture definitely determined for the areas tested. (Author)

Descriptors :   *LANDING FIELDS, *MOISTURE, *RUNWAYS, CLIMATE, DETERMINATION, PAVEMENTS, SOILS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE