Frost depth prediction for seasonal freezing area in Eastern Turkey

Muge Elif Orakoglu, Jiankun Liu, Erol Tutumluer

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This paper presents the results of an investigation relative to the prediction of frost depths of seasonal freezing area in eastern Turkey. The Stefan equation and a modified Berggren equation are compared and utilized, and the computed results are compared with actual observed data. Also, the different harmful effects of freezing-thawing on highways in eastern Turkey are elucidated, supplemented with case studies. Based on this, the coldest areas are defined and a freezing depth contour map with the region's transportation network is produced. Some recommendations for the design and maintenance of subgrades in cold regions are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-126
Number of pages9
JournalCold Regions Science and Technology
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Cold regions in Turkey
  • Frost heave
  • Frost-related problems
  • Subgrade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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