Title Investigation for the deformation of embankment underlain by warm and ice-rich permafrost
Author Zheng Bo; Zhang Jianming; Qin Yinghong
Author Affil Zheng Bo, China Academy of Railway Sciences, Beijing, China. Other: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Cold and Arid regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, China; Southwest Research Institute Company, China
Source Cold Regions Science and Technology, 60(2), p.161-168, . Publisher: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISSN: 0165- 232X
Publication Date Feb. 2010
Notes In English. Based on Publisher- supplied data GeoRef Acc. No: 309597
Index Terms creep; deformation; embankments; foundations; ice; models; permafrost; permafrost thermal properties; permafrost thickness; physical properties; railroads; settlement (structural); temperature; thermal properties; thermal regime; thickness; China-- Qinghai-Tibet Railway; Asia; China; Far East; numerical analysis; Qinghai-Tibet Railway; settlement
Abstract The purpose of this study is to investigate the settlement of the embankment constructed in warm and ice-rich permafrost (WIRP) region along the Qinghai-Tibetan Railway (QTR). In this investigation, an in- situ experiment for the thermal regime under this embankment and for the settlement of the embankment is proposed. The data illustrate that the thicker the embankment fill, the thicker the WIRP layer under the embankment, and the greater the rise of the permafrost temperature, the larger the settlement of the embankment experiences. The observed data also show that the total settlement comes mainly from the creep deformation of the WIRP layer underneath the original permafrost table. To better understand this deformation, we construct a numerical model which considers the creep behavior of the WIRP layer to predict the settlement of this embankment. The numerical results show that 1) under the same mean annual ground temperatures (MAGT), the embankment settlement increases linearly with the thickness of the embankment, and 2) when the MAGT is at -0.5C, the total settlement of the embankment with 6 m thickness would be up to 18.1 cm in the 30th service years of the embankment.
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.coldregions.2009.08.012
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 65006511