The results of a six-year field test program conducted near Fairbanks, Alaska, to investigate the reduction in frost heave obtained by applying a surcharge stress on the soil are presented. Seasonal heaves of 25-ft-square test sections with nominal surcharge loads of 2, 4, 6, and 8 psi were compared with heaves at adjacent unloaded sections. The test sections were on a silt soil in an area where permafrost existed at about a 7-ft depth. Results showed that only a small surcharge load was needed to cause significant reductions in heave. Data are included that indicate that heave reduction was achieved by minimizing groundwater migration. A method for correlating field and laboratory rate-of-heave data is suggested. /Author/

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  • Pagination: 29 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00263537
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TR 184 Tech. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1974 12:00AM