The deformation behavior of frozen saline soils involves a complex interaction between non-deformable particles (soil) and a plastic solid (ice) containing a liquid phase (brine). In order to understand this, it is highly desirable to characterize the deformation behavior of the ice-brine system alone. However, preparation of ice-brine specimens suitable for laboratory testing is difficult because migration of brine during freezing produces inhomogeneous brine distributions. To overcome these difficulties, a liquid phase sintering technique has been developed to produce ice specimens from NaCl brine. The details of the process and the resulting microstructures are presented.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.