Predictive Modeling of Freezing and Thawing of Frost-Susceptible Soils

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like an easy to use model(s) that can be used to predict maximum freezing depths, thawing period, magnitude of heave and resulting increase in earth pressure. Many grade separation bridges, which are supported on spread footings could become at risk due to frost/heave when a portion of the soil cover is removed to increase the bridge deck clearance. Hence, any such soil removal needs to be carefully evaluated using easy to use predictive methods and insulation and/or drainage options must be designed and installed to prevent frost penetration and the consequent frost heave. In addition, frost heave is typically followed by thaw consolidation and settlement. Therefore, spread footings located on soils subjected to frost-thaw cycles would experience up and down vertical movements. For bridges, such movements may create unsafe driving conditions at the boundaries between the bridge and the adjacent pavement structure.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Michigan Department of Transportation

      Murray Van Wagoner Building
      425 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 30050
      Lansing, MI  United States  48909
    • Project Managers:

      Endres, Richard

    • Performing Organizations:

      Michigan State University, East Lansing

      Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
      Institute for Community Development
      East Lansing, MI  United States  48824-1226
    • Principal Investigators:

      Baladi, Gilbert

    • Start Date: 20121001
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 32755

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01530757
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 2010-0294_Z9, OR10-047
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 24 2014 1:01AM