A VACUUM SATURATION METHOD FOR PREDICTING THE FREEZE-THAW DURABILITY OF STABILIZED MATERIALS

A STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE IF A VACUUM SATURATION PROCEDURE COULD BE USED AS A RAPID AND ECONOMICAL METHOD FOR ACCURATELY PREDICTING THE FREEZE- THAW DURABILITY OF STABILIZED MATERIALS SUCH AS SOIL- CEMENT, LIME-FLYASH, AND LIME-SOIL MIXTURES, THE SOILS USED IN THE STABILIZED MIXTURES WERE REPRESENTATIVE OF THOSE FOUND IN ILLINOIS. VACUUM SATURATION WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY ALLOWING SPECIMENS, WHICH HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN EXPOSED TO A VACUUM PRESSURE OF 24 IN. OF MERCURY FOR 30 MIN. TO SOAK IN WATER FOR 1 HR AT ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE. FREEZE-THAW CYCLES WERE ACCOMPLISHED WITH AN AUTOMATIC FREEZE-THAW CABINET PROGRAMMED TO SIMULATE A REALISTIC FREEZE-THAW CYCLE. UNCONFINED COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH AND MOISTURE CONTENT MEASUREMENTS WERE USED TO EVALUATE THE DURABILITY OF THE STABILIZED MATERIALS. LINEAR REGRESSION ANALYSES OF THE DATA INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT CORRELATION BETWEEN VACUUM SATURATION STRENGTH AND CYCLIC FREEZE-THAW STRENGTH. A SIGNIFICANT CORRELATION WAS FOUND TO EXIST BETWEEN VACUUM SATURATION MOISTURE CONTENT AND CYCLIC FREEZE-THAW MOISTURE CONTENT. BASED ON THE EXCELLENT CORRELATION BETWEEN THE VACUUM SATURATION STRENGTH AND MOISTURE CONTENT AND THE STRENGTH AND MOISTURE CONTENT AFTER FIVE AND TEN FREEZE-THAW CYCLES, IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT VACUUM SATURATION PROVIDED A RAPID AND ECONOMICAL METHOD FOR PREDICTING THE FREEZE-THAW DURABILITY OF STABILIZED MATERIALS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract No IHR 401
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Engineering Experiment Station
    Urbana, IL  USA  61801

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  USA  62764
  • Authors:
    • Dempsey, B J
    • Thompson, M R
  • Publication Date: 1972-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00230768
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Int Rpt
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 7 1973 12:00AM