FROST ACTION PHENOMENA IN SOILS AND PAVEMENTS--A COMPREHENSIVE LITERATURE SURVEY ON THE THEORIES AND DESIGN PRACTICES

Prompted by frost damage experienced in pavements in Pennsylvania, PennDOT initiated a research project entitled "Freezing Indexes and Regional Climates" which is concerned with the influence of climatic variables on the depth of frost penetration beneath pavements. Prior to the commencement of any research study, a comprehensive survey of the past and current literature relating to the study objectives should be performed. As a result of such a survey, PennDOT has written a condensed manuscript dealing with frost action phenomena. The manuscript is separated into three parts. Part I is concerned with the main factors influencing frost action. It is primarily theoretical in content and discusses fully the conditions necessary for frost action to occur. Part II involves the various methods of predicting the depth of frost penetration once the influencing parameters are known. Part III considers some of the design practices employed to minimize or eliminate the detrimental effects of frost action once the penetration depth is known. Major emphasis is placed on the Corps of Engineers' approach to frost action. A subject index is added to facilitate locating the areas of interest for the reader. This manual can be of special interest to the practicing engineer since the report encompasses both the theoretical and practical aspects of frost action. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    Bureau of Materials, Testing and Research, 1118 State State
    Harrisburg, PA  USA  17112
  • Authors:
    • Cominsky, R J
    • Cumberledge, G
    • Bhajandas, A C
  • Publication Date: 1972-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 252 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167851
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: PennDOT Proj. 68-30
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1978 12:00AM