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Title: Frost investigation, 1944-1945 : report on Pierre Airfield, Pierre, South Dakota
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Omaha District.
Keywords: Pierre 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 subsurface pavement elements as affected by varying conditions of weather, soils, and ground, water, and the further determination of the reduction of the load carrying capacities of pavements caused by the action of frost in the various pavement elements. The investigation at Pierre Airfield was made to determine the effects of frost in an area having a low annual precipitation, an extremely low water table, and naturally dry subsurface soil conditions, these conditions existing in materials having an indicated high susceptibility to frost action under proper moisture condition. The scope of this report covers a comprehensive investigation of moisture and density changes occurring in the various pavement subsurface elements during the period from early fall, 1944, through the spring thaw period in 1945, the measurement of heaving of the pavement caused by frost action; and the determination, by means of accelerated traffic tests, of the carrying capacity of the airfield pavements during and immediately after thaw. The investigation includes both flexible and rigid type pavements, with further investigations of conditions under turf surfaces and of soils in specially constructed test boxes.
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