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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.
Expedient road construction
Frost susceptible soils
Membrane encapsulated soil layer
Moisture susceptible soils
|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.|
|Appears in Collections:||Technical Report|