E3S Web Conf.
Volume 195, 20204th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E-UNSAT 2020)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Teoretical and Numerical Models|
|Published online||16 October 2020|
A frost heave model of unsaturated coarse-grained soil considering vapour transfer
1 National Engineering Laboratory for High-Speed-Railway Construction, Central South University, China
2 School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Substantial frost heave has been observed in coarse fills in high-speed railway embankments. These coarse fills have low fine contents and very low water content. The groundwater table is located below the coarse fills. The coarse fills were considered not susceptible to frost heave. Recent experimental results in the literature showed that vapour transfer has a considerable influence on the frost heaving of unsaturated coarse-grained soil. But vapour transfer has been rarely considered in the modelling of frost heave. This study presents a new frost heave model with considering vapour transfer and its contribution to ice formation. The rigid ice theory is applied to initiate an ice lens formation in the frozen fringe. An updated computer programme PCHeave is developed by considering the vapour transfer. The results of the proposed model are compared with laboratory test results, which show reasonable agreement. The prediction of the model agrees well with the measured frost heave and frost depth, which indicates that the proposed model can reasonably reflects the process of frost heave in unsaturated coarse soil.
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