INFLUENCE OF FREEZING AND THAWING ON THE RESILIENT PROPERTIES OF A SILT SOIL BENEATH AN ASPHALT CONCRETE PAVEMENT

Stress-deformation data for silt subgrade soil were obtained from in-situ and laboratory tests, for use in mechanistic models for design of pavements affected by frost action. Plate-bearing tests were run on bituminous concrete pavements constructed directly on a silt subgrade, applying repeated loads to the pavement surface while the silt was frozen, thawing, thawed, and fully recovered. Repeated-load laboratory triaxial tests were performed on the silt in the same conditions. Analysis of deflection data from the in-situ tests showed resilient moduli of the silt as low as 2000 kPa for the critical thawing period, and 100,000 kPa or higher when silt was fully recovered. Analysis of the laboratory tests, which gave moduli comparable to the latter values, showed that resilient modulus during recovery from the thaw-weakened condition can be modeled as a function of the changing moisture content. (Author)

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  • Pagination: 59 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00191104
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CRREL-78-23
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM