Modelling culvert construction in artificially frozen ground using finite element analysis

H. Malekzadeh, D. J. Edwards, F. C. Frank

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This paper describes the development of a computer finite element method (FEM) model for simulating the temporary earthwork support technique, artificial ground freezing. Specifically, ice-wall thickness growth and ground movement (due to frost heave and thaw settlement) were evaluated with the use of the finite element software package ABAQUS. Other parameters modelled were obtained from a combination of a priori research and invaluable practitioner experience. Simulation results were then compared with measurements obtained from a live field project to assess model accuracy. Output results obtained from the FEM analyses provided demonstrable evidence of the model's inherent ability to simulate “realistically” the effects of ground freezing analysis process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-261
Number of pages9
JournalStructural Survey
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction industry
  • Modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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