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Title: Insulating and load-supporting properties of sulfur foam for expedient roads in cold regions
Authors: Smith, North.
Pazsint, Daniel A.
Keywords: Cold regions engineering
Expedient construction
Unsurfaced roads
Foamed materials
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 79-18.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: Temperatures of the subgrade and of sulfur foam insulation test sections in an expedient road were monitored with thermocouples to document freezing and thawing conditions. Vehicular trafficking was conducted on a limited basis to determine the load supporting capabilities of the foam. The sulfur foam, placed directly under a prefabricated surface mat, was found to be unsuitable for use as an expedient thermal insulation and traffic load supporting material primarily because of its low tensile strength and high brittleness. The insulating value of sulfur foam produced by the batch process in the field was about one-half that of extruded polystyrene, meaning double the thickness for equal protection against thaw.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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