PIONEER POLAR STRUCTURES, PORTABLE MAINTENANCE SHELTER
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA
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The need for adequate shelter for maintenance and repair of construction and other equipment in pioneer polar camps resulted in the development of a packaged maintenance shelter. The shelter is a canvas-covered, aluminum-frame structure. It is skid-mounted for easy portability around a work area. The 20- by 24-foot shelter is adequate for the repair and maintenance of equipment as large as a Size 2 snow tractor and a Size 4 standard tractor. A standard NCEL portable wanigan was outfitted with shop equipment and tools as a companion piece for the shelter. A prototype shelter was evaluated on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. It was concluded from the test that the shelter and its outfitting is well suited for the maintenance and repair of equipment at pioneer polar camps and that it should be included as a facility for such camps.
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