Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soils
From the point of view of the science of materials, frozen soil is a natural particulate composite, composed of four different constituents: solid grains (mineral or organic), ice, unfrozen water, and gases. The most important characteristic by which it differs from other similar materials, such as unfrozen soils and the majority of artificial composites, is that under natural conditions its matrix, composed mostly of ice and water, changes continuously with varying temperature and applied stress.
KeywordsClay Porosity Depression Brittle Hexagonal
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