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Feasibility of Using Modified Silty Clay and Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Board as the Subgrade Thermal Insulation Layer in a Seasonally Frozen Region, Northeast China

School of Transportation, Jilin University, Changchun 130022, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(3), 804; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030804
Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 30 January 2019 / Published: 3 February 2019
To achieve the purposes of storing industry solid wastes and enhancing subgrade stability in seasonally frozen regions, Structure III, which utilized the modified silty clay (SC) and extruded polystyrene (XPS) board as a novel subgrade thermal insulation layer (NSTIL), was presented. The above modified SC consisted of oil shale industry solid waste, fly ash and SC. In terms of environmental impact, the average single pollution index, the Nemerow integrated pollution index and national standards were carried out to estimate whether the modified SC could be used as a subgrade filler. These results show that, although the modified SC will produce pollution to the environmental background, the concentration of each hydrochemical constituent from the modified SC meets the corresponding national standards in China. In terms of the thermal insulation capability, the numerical simulation of coupling moisture and temperature was applied to analyze that of Structures I, II and III. The research results show that the numerical results of the Structure I are approximated to the official website information of Jilin province, indicating that the above numerical simulation is effective for coupling moisture and temperature of frozen soil. Both modified SC and NSTIL have the advantage of good thermal insulation property, but the thermal insulation property of the NSTIL is greater. Furthermore, the NSTIL at the top of the Structure III can protect the SC of the experimental road from the damage of frost heave. The research results are of great significance for reducing environmental pollution caused by oil shale industry solid waste and fly ash, increasing the utilization rate of industrial waste and enhancing the subgrade stability in seasonally frozen regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: seasonally frozen region; modified silty clay; oil shale industry solid waste; fly ash; subgrade insulation layer; frost-depth; environmental pollution assessment; coupling moisture and temperature seasonally frozen region; modified silty clay; oil shale industry solid waste; fly ash; subgrade insulation layer; frost-depth; environmental pollution assessment; coupling moisture and temperature
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Li, Q.; Wei, H.; Han, L.; Wang, F.; Zhang, Y.; Han, S. Feasibility of Using Modified Silty Clay and Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Board as the Subgrade Thermal Insulation Layer in a Seasonally Frozen Region, Northeast China. Sustainability 2019, 11, 804.

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