The Mechanics of Frost Heaving

  title={The Mechanics of Frost Heaving},
  author={S. Taber},
  journal={The Journal of Geology},
  pages={303 - 317}
  • S. Taber
  • Geology
  • The Journal of Geology
  • The old theory that frost heaving is due to change in volume of water frozen was based on experiments with closed systems. Field observations and recent experiments indicate that soils, when subjected to freezing under normal conditions, usually behave as open systems. When the freezing of saturated soils results in little or no heaving, part of the water is forced through the soil voids below the zone of freezing, compressing or expelling air. Excessive heaving results when water is pulled… CONTINUE READING
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