Accession Number : AD0714641

Title :   Experimental and Theoretical Studies of the Mechanism of Frost Heaving

Descriptive Note : Research rept.

Corporate Author : HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA DIV OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED PHYSICS

Personal Author(s) : Chalmers, Bruce ; Jackson, Kenneth A

PDF Url : AD0714641

Report Date : Oct 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The paper discusses the Jackson and Chalmers theory of frost heave and describes attempts to verify it experimentally. The theory takes into account the local thermal conditions in the soil and the permeability of the soil. The theory predicts (or explains) stationary ice lens formation, where there is no advance of the frost line, and also predicts a rate of heave that is independent of the rate of advance of the freezing front. The theory assumes that a soil can be represented by a single characteristic void size although in real cases soils are not as uniform and homogeneous as assumed. Several experiments to verify the theory are described. They were generally unsuccessful, neither disproving nor substantiating the theory.

Descriptors :   *CONSTRUCTION, *FROST HEAVE, ARCTIC REGIONS, DIFFUSION, FLUID FLOW, FREEZING, HEAT TRANSFER, ICE, INTERFACES, NUCLEATION, PERMEABILITY, PRESSURE, SOILS, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, THEORY

Subject Categories : Soil Mechanics
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE