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Title: Experimental and theoretical studies of the mechanism of frost heaving
Authors: Harvard University. Division of Engineering and Applied Physics.
Chalmers, Bruce.
Jackson, Kenneth A.
Keywords: Cold weather construction
Frost action
Ice lenses
Soil physics
Soil tests
Soil water
Frost heave
Frost heaving
Frozen soils
Frozen ground
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Research report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 199.
Description: Research Report
Abstract: This 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.
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