Research on Transportation Facilities in Cold Regions

by Orlando B. Andersland, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Michigan State Univ., Dept. of Civ. Engrg., East Lansing, MI 48824,
Francis H. Sayles, (M.ASCE), Civ. Engr.; Office of the Federal Inspector, 2302 Martin Dr., Irvine, CA 92715,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-568-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-568-0 (ISBN-10), 1986, Soft Cover, Pg. 210
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Conference information: A Session of ASCE Convention | Boston, Massachusetts, United States | 27-Oct-86

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings

Abstract: Transportation facilities research in cold regions, reported in this session proceedings, begins with a field study showing that ground surface characteristics have a significant effect on ground temperatures. Results provide data needed for a surface energy balance model suitable for use at other locations. Next, a laboratory study evaluates freeze thaw damage to cement stabilized soils in terms of changes in the resilient modulus. Three freeze thaw cycles were sufficient to identify frost susceptible materials. The feasibility of constructing highways during cold weather is reviewed in terms of frozen ground excavation, earth placement and compaction, asphalt construction, concrete work, and equipment performance. Pipeline operation in cold regions requires that structural integrity be continually monitored. Theoretical concepts and design limitations are used in development of structural monitoring criteria. Frost heave is a major consideration in pipeline design. An engineering theory for frost heave prediction below a chilled pipeline is incorporated into a geothermal model with an evaluation based on measured heave data, soil properties, and other design parameters. The final topic involves both field and laboratory studies relative to ice forces on bridge piers. Changes in design methods are recommended and the need for further field tests is stressed.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Laboratory tests | Data processing | Bridge design | Soil cement | Frozen soils | Soil modulus


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