Accession Number : AD0785505

Title :   Reduction of Frost Heave by Surcharge Stress.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER N H

Personal Author(s) : Aitken,George W.

Report Date : AUG 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : The results of a six-year field test program conducted near Fairbanks, AK, to investigate the reduction in frost heave obtained by applying a surcharge stress on the soil are presented. Seasonal heaves of 25-ft-square test sections with nominal surcharge loads of 2, 4, 6, and 8 psi were compared with heaves at adjacent unloaded sections. The test sections were on a silt soil in an area where permafrost existed at about a seven-ft depth. Results showed that only a small surcharge load was needed to cause significant reductions in heave. Data are included that indicate that heave reduction was achieved by minimizing groundwater migration. A method for correlating field and laboratory rate-of-heave data is suggested. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Frost heave, *Foundations(Structures), *Alaska, Stresses, Permafrost, Loads(Forces), Silt, Ground water, Motion, Pavements, Field conditions, Correlation techniques, Arctic regions, Cold weather tests, Seasonal variations, Test methods

Subject Categories : Soil Mechanics
      Snow, Ice and Permafrost
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE