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Title: Frost investigation, 1944-1945 : report on Watertown Airfield, Watertown, South Dakota
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Omaha District.
Keywords: Watertown Airfield, South Dakota
Pavement bases
Soil mechanics
Frost action
Frost heave
Frost heaving
Issue Date: Jun-1945
Publisher: Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory (U.S.)) ; no. 6
Description: Technical Report
Purpose: The purpose of this investigation has been the determination of the development of frost action in pavement elements as affected by varying conditions of weather, soils, and ground water; and further, the obtaining of data, relative to the reduction of load carrying capacities of the pavements caused by the action of frost in the various pavement elements. The investigation at Watertown Airfield was made to determine the effects of frost in an area having generally severe winter temperature conditions, a fairly high rate of annual precipitation, a high water table, and subsurface conditions favoring the development of frost action during the winter period. The scope of this report covers a comprehensive investigation of changes occurring in the various pavement elements during the period from early fall, 1944, through the spring thaw period in 1945. The investigation included the measurement of pavement heaving caused by frost action, the determination of moisture, density, and CBR changes in pavement subsurface elements and the further determination of pavement surface load-deformation characteristics by means of plate load bearing tests made on the surfaces of both concrete and flexible-type pavements during the thaw period. California Bearing Ratio tests on base course and subgrade materials have been included in the investigation. The investigation includes both flexible and rigid type pavements, with further investigations of moisture and density conditions under turf surfaces.
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