Snowdrift Control Techniques and Procedures for Polar Facilities.
Final rept. Nov 68-Jan 70,
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF
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Accumulation of windblown snow causes an assortment of problems at polar facilities. In addition to curtailing personnel and vehicular movement, snowdrift accumulation may damage structures and disrupt aircraft operations. In an effort to develop techniques and procedures for alleviating snowdrift accumulation, scale-model studies on building shapes, orientations, and groupings were conducted in wind ducts, and field studies were conducted on snow collection systems. The scale-model wind duct studies of a camp showed that snowdrift accumulation can be reduced by elevating the camp on a snow platform, orienting the buildings 45-degrees to the snow-carrying wind, and placing the structures and utilities to permit easy snow removal. Author
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost
- Civil Engineering