POLAR STRUCTURES, THE NCEL FAMILY OF WANIGANS
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA
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The need for portable shelters for trail operations, transient field camps, and remote construction areas in polar regions led to the development and evaluation of a family of wanigans. The basic wanigan in this family is the Standard NCEL Sled Wanigan, which is 8 feet wide and 20 feet long. A 10-foot- wide version of this wanigan is called the ExtraWide NCEL Sled Wanigan. Both of these wanigans must be mounted on bobsleds for mobility. For limited mobility independent of a sled, a heavy-duty floor and skid system was developed for the wanigans. These skid-mounted units are called the Standard NCEL Portable Camp Wanigan and the Extra-Wide NCEL Portable Camp Wanigan. All are of a prefabricated, panelized construction with interchangeable components. The two standard wanigans are air-transportable in a C-130 aircraft the two extra-wide wanigans must be disassembled for shipment in this aircraft. A basic heating and ventilating kit, an electrical harness, and a side-mounted fuel storage tank were developed for the wanigans. These are adequate for most general applications. Prototypes of both sled wanigans and both portable camp wanigans were tested and evaluated at polar field sites. These tests demonstrated that the sled wanigans are well suited for housing the facilities required on sled train operations in polar regions, and that the portable camp wanigans are well suited for housing those facilities required at transient field camps and isolated construction sites.
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