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2010
Volume 13
Issue 2
Topic:
Agricultural Engineering
ELECTRONIC
JOURNAL OF
POLISH
AGRICULTURAL
UNIVERSITIES
Massah J. , Noorolahi S. 2010. CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MUSKEG SITE IN PAKDASHT AREA, EJPAU 13(2), #07.
Available Online: http://www.ejpau.media.pl/volume13/issue2/abs-07.html

CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MUSKEG SITE IN PAKDASHT AREA

Jafar Massah, Sara Noorolahi
Department of Agrotechnology, College of Abouraihan, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

 

ABSTRACT


Muskeg covers a significant portion of the land mass in Iran and elsewhere. It creates considerable difficulties for surface transportation. To evaluate the vehicle mobility over
muskeg, it is essential to establish a procedure for identifying and characterizing
those mechanical properties of muskeg that are of importance from a vehicle mobility
viewpoint. The objective of this study was to determine the mechanical properties
of muskeg site at the research farm of College of Abouraihan with a bevameter.
Tests were carried out on muskeg with three levels of volumetric moisture
content (13%, 34% and 86%) using circular sinkage plates which were mounted on
a bevameter. Tests were replicated three times for each of the three levels of
moisture content with circular sinkage plates. Results indicated that the size
of plates and the moisture content significantly influenced the values of critical
pressure (pcr) and critical sinkage (zcr).

Key words: Muskeg, Penetration resistance, sinkage, Mat, Peat soil.


Jafar Massah
Department of Agrotechnology,
College of Abouraihan, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

email: jmassah@ut.ac.ir

Sara Noorolahi
Department of Agrotechnology,
College of Abouraihan, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

email: s.noorolahi@yahoo.com

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