Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 261–272 | Cite as

Calculation theories and analysis methods of thermodynamic stability of embankment engineering in cold regions

  • Yuanming Lai
  • Wansheng Pei
  • Wenbing Yu
Review Geography


The calculation theories and analysis methods of thermodynamic stability of embankment engineering in cold regions are systematically summarized. The engineering theories and methods taken to control frost heave and thaw settlement in seasonal frozen soil regions may not be applicable in permafrost regions. The active cooling technology of roadbed should be utilized to limit the effects caused by both climate changes and human engineering activities. The paper mainly discussed the calculation theories and analysis methods of four kinds of embankment structures, i.e., the crushed-rock embankment, duct-ventilated embankment, thermosyphon embankment, and composite embankment. It is expected that a scientific basis could be provided for the theory, design, and application of embankment constructions in cold regions.


Embankment engineering in cold regions Air-cooled embankment Thermal mechanics characteristic Stability theory Analysis method 



This study was supported by the Western Project Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KZCX2-XB3-19), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41230630), the National Basic Research Program of China (2012CB026102), the Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KZCX2-EW-QN301), and the Project for Incubation of Specialists in Glaciology and Geocryology of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (J1210003/J0109).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soil Engineering, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research InstituteChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina

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