Investigation of beach sand stabilization by thermitic means and the design of possible methods of application in the field
Coyer, Charles Bruce
McGuire, Larry Cecil
Kilonwley, E. J.
Nippes, E. F.
Smith, D. T.
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This investigation is primarily concerned with the stabilization of sands for military purposes. Actual tests were made with amphibious operations in mind, and, for this reason, beach sands were used in the experimentation. during wartime landing operations, many rubber-tired vehicles must be run ashore from amphibious craft. Sand, in itself, will not support these vehicles unless it happens to contain a certain critical amount of moisture. This condition will normally prevail on little, if any, of the shore area. In order that the vehicles be able to move at all under their own power, the sand must be made to afford some support in addition to that supplied in its natural state. The following investigation presents one method of accomplishing this aim. Inasmuch as this type of work will normally be applied only to wartime use, certain factors are taken into account. First it is recognized that this process may frequently be carried out under combat conditions and under enemy fire. For this reason, considerable attention has been given to devising methods and designing equipment for simplicity and speed. Second, the roads provided will probably be needed only for a comparatively short period of time. Therefore, the permanence of the finished product need not be a prime consideration. Third, it is realized that this process is a wartime expedient and will not have extensive application to peacetime use. In its present form, it will not be economically feasible for commercial application because of the prohibitive cost of material and labor.
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