Lightweight Fill Helps Albany Port Expand

by K. M. Childs, Pres.; Childs Engrg. Corp., Medfield, Mass.,
David L. Porter, Vice Pres.; Childs Engrg. Corp., Medfield, Mass.,
Thomas A. Holm, Dir. of Engrg.; Solite Corp., Mount Marion, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 4, Pg. 54-57

Document Type: Feature article


Lightweight aggregate was used as a soil fill in the reclamation of a marine terminal at the Port of Albany, New York in order to stabilize the dockside area. Gravel-filled steel sheet pile walls and a tiedback sheet pile wall system with a lightweight backfill were used in reclaiming a formerly unusable slope into the Hudson River. A specially designed apparatus was developed to determine the angle of internal friction and triaxial compression tests conducted on large-scale specimens of coarse lightweight aggregate. Specifications called for maximum compacted density of 70 lb/ft³ with an angle of internal friction of not less than 40 degrees. A total of 27,000 cubic yards of coarse lightweight aggregate was placed and compacted.

Subject Headings: Aggregates | Steel piles | Fills | Ports and harbors | Sheet piles | Walls | Friction | Triaxial tests | New York | United States | Hudson River

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