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A Frost Heaving Prediction Approach for Ground Uplift Simulation Due to Freeze-Sealing Pipe Roof Method

Shengjun Deng1,2,3, Haolin Chen1, Xiaonan Gong2, Jiajin Zhou2, Xiangdong Hu4, Gang Jiang1,*

1 Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, 210009, China
2 Research Center of Coastal and Urban Geotechnical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310058, China
3 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 08544, USA
4 Key Laboratory of Geotechnical and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Department of Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092, China

* Corresponding Author: Gang Jiang. Email: email

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Mechanical Reliability of Advanced Materials and Structures for Harsh Applications)

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2022, 132(1), 251-266.


Freeze-sealing pipe roof method is applied in the Gongbei tunnel, which causes the ground surface uplift induced by frost heave. A frost heaving prediction approach based on the coefficient of cold expansion is proposed to simulate the ground deformation of the Gongbei tunnel. The coefficient of cold expansion in the model and the frost heaving rate from the frost heave test under the hydration condition can achieve a good correspondence making the calculation result closer to the actual engineering. The ground surface uplift along the lateral and longitudinal direction are respectively analyzed and compared with the field measured data to validate the model. The results show that a good agreement between the frost heaving prediction model and the field measured data verifies the rationality and applicability of the proposed model. The maximum uplift of the Gongbei tunnel appears at the center of the model, gradually decreasing along with the lateral and longitudinal directions. The curve in the lateral direction presents a normal distribution due to the influence of the constraint of two sides, while the one along the lateral direction shapes like a parabola with the opening downward due to the temperature field distribution. The model provides a reference for frost heaving engineering calculation.


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Deng, S., Chen, H., Gong, X., Zhou, J., Hu, X. et al. (2022). A Frost Heaving Prediction Approach for Ground Uplift Simulation Due to Freeze-Sealing Pipe Roof Method. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 132(1), 251–266.

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