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Title: Evaluation of selected frost-susceptibility test methods
Authors: United States. Federal Aviation Administration
United States. Federal Highway Administration
Chamberlain, Edwin J.
Keywords: Frost heave
Frost heaving
Soil classification
Soil tests
Soil mechanics
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 86-14.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: Three methods for determining the frost susceptibility of soils are evaluated in this report. These methods are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers frost design soil classification system, a moisture-tension/hydraulic-conductivity test, and a laboratory freeze-thaw test. The Corps method, which is based on particle size, soil classification, and a laboratory freezing test, was found to be useful for identifying frost-susceptible soils. However, it cannot be used with confidence for determining the degree of frost susceptibility. The moisture-tension/hydraulic-conductivity test was found to be unacceptable because it required too much time and its results correlated poorly with field observations. The freeze-thaw test was determined to be the most accurate of the methods studied, including the freeze test that is a part of the Corps method. The freeze-thaw test is thoroughly described. It includes indexes of both frost-heave susceptibility (heave rate) and thaw-weakening susceptibility (CBR after thawing). It also accounts for the effects of freeze-thaw cycling and is completely automated to improve the repeatability of the test results. It is suggested that the freeze-thaw test be considered as a replacement for the Corps freezing test.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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