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dc.contributorGens Solé, Antonio
dc.contributor.authorMillán Pastor, Pilar
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria del Terreny, Cartogràfica i Geofísica
dc.description.abstractAnglès: Permafrost has become the most important feature in civil engineering in all the arctic regions. The construction of a new structure, such and road or and airfield, changes the thermal regime of the ground leading to a faster degradation of the frost table. The heat caused by the new structure speeds the thawing process of permafrost giving place to differential settlements on the surface and longitudinal cracks along the edges of roads and highways. One of the techniques to mitigate those effects is the use of reflective surfaces. It has been probed that a lighter color reflects more sunlight avoiding the rise of temperatures that makes permafrost to thaw prematurely. The purpose of this Thesis has been carrying out Ground Penetrating Radar investigations in different test areas of Kangerlussuaq airport in order to evaluate the changes that the frost table is experiencing underneath a white painted surface and black asphalt. The results obtained have shown that if the paint is maintained in good conditions the thickness of the active layer is considerably reduced under zones with reflective surfaces. Furthermore, the data obtained from the fieldwork has been compared with a thermal model which predicts the depth of the frost table from a deemed period of time. Both analyses have led to similar results, fact that should promote the development of light-colored asphalt materials. Future studies should focus in the improvement of the hitches that those kind of paints present, like the low skid resistance and their high maintenance cost.
dc.publisherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria civil::Materials i estructures
dc.subject.lcshPavements--Cold regions--Design and construction.
dc.subject.otherreflective surfaces
dc.subject.otherGPR (Ground Penetrating Radar)
dc.subject.otherthawing process
dc.subject.othersuperficies reflejantes
dc.subject.otherproceso de deshielo
dc.titleAnnual variation of the Frost Table at Kangerlussuaq airport
dc.title.alternativeVariation anual del nivel de permafrost en el aeropuerto de Kangerlussuaq
dc.typeMinor thesis
dc.subject.lemacPaviments -- Manteniment i reparació
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.audience.educationlevelEstudis de primer/segon cicle
dc.audience.mediatorEscola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyers de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona

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