Controlling movement of embankments over peats and marls

A deposit which frequently occurs in glaciated areas is peat underlain by a calcarious soil termed marl. This report investigates the properties and behavior of peat and marl. The influence of calcium carbonate on soil properties and behavior is reported. This report is presented as an aid to the engineer faced with the problem of building on peat and/or marl and should shed light on the unique properties and behavior of these materials. The report proposes a classification system for Indiana peats, which is in basic conformance with that developed in Committee D18 of the American Society for Testing and Materials. It further proposes sampling, testing, and analysis procedures which will produce reasonable predictions and control of embankment settlements where peat is the foundation.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The Appendices/ pages 164 through 180 are not included in this copy of the report. This section is contained in the interim report IN/JHRP-83/3* entitled "Use of Peats as Embankment Foundations. "
  • Corporate Authors:

    Purdue University

    Joint Transportation Research Program
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907-2051

    Indiana Department of Transportation

    100 N Senate Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN  United States  46204

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Gruen, H A
    • Lovell, C W
  • Publication Date: 1983-7-6

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 81p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01384456
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/IN/JHRP-83/06, C-36-5P
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 4:35PM