Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Vernon R. Schaefer


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of freeze-thaw cycles on compacted soils. Specifically, the effects on glacial soils from eastern South Dakota were to be investigated. The main objectives of this study were to address the following questions about the behavior of glacial till soils. 1) Does molding water content ha e any effect on hydraulic conductivity of compacted soils? 2) Does compactive energy have any effect on hydraulic conductivity and molding water content? 3) Do freezing and thawing of compacted glacial soils have any impact on hydraulic conductivity? 4) What differences in hydraulic conductivity are observed for two glacial soils? 5) Based on the above criteria can an economical liner which meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (SD DENR) Agricultural (Ag.) Waste Standards be designed?

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Soil permeability
Soils -- Effect of temperature on
Soil freezing
Soil stabilization




South Dakota State University



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