DESIGN OF CIVIL AIRFIELD PAVEMENTS FOR SEASONAL FROST AND PERMAFROST CONDITIONS

The principal adverse effects of frost action on pavements are roughness and cracking which are caused by the upheaval of the pavement during freezing and the weakening of the subgrade and base course and loss of supporting capacity during thaw. Design procedures for pavement section thicknesses to minimize these effects in both flexible and rigid pavements in areas of seasonal frost and permafrost conditions have been developed for the Federal Aviation Administration. The design charts are based on a classification of frost-susceptible soils and the depths to which freezing and thawing will occur for the specific location. Design procedures for pavements incorporating extruded polystyrene insulation have also been developed. /Author/

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    • This paper appeared in TRB Special Report 175, Research in Airport Pavements. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved
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    • Johnson, Thaddeus C
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  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 53-57
  • Monograph Title: RESEARCH IN AIRPORT PAVEMENTS
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  • Accession Number: 00189929
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM