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Title: Expedient MESL construction in cold weather
Authors: United States. Army. Office of the Chief of Engineers
Stark, Jeffrey A.
Affleck, Rosa T.
Orchino, Sherri A.
Keywords: Absorbent
Expedient road construction
Frost susceptible soils
Membrane encapsulated soil layer
Moisture susceptible soils
Thaw weakening
Issue Date: Jul-2000
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CRREL ; TR-00-8.
Abstract: A new method of constructing membrane encapsulated soil layers (MESLs) using plastic membranes, geotextiles, tapes for sealing the membranes, and absorbents for drying the soil was demonstrated. These materials would allow construction of a MESL in cold weather. The demonstration took place at Fort Drum, New York, and at Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, Vermont. Three layers of a 271 g m2 (8 oz yd2) geotextile successfully protected the membrane during a puncture test, and absorbents successfully caused the soil to act drier to increase vehicle trafficability. However, the geotextile is still too weak to be used in a MESL. Although the individual components performed well, the construction process is too exacting to be performed successfully and is not recommended for Army engineers.
Description: Technical Report
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