Breakage of Floating Ice by Compressed Gas Blasting.
COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER N H
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Tests were made to determine the effectiveness of compressed-gas blasting devices for breaking floating ice sheets. Experiments were made on frozen lakes in New Hampshire and Alaska using the Cardox and Airdox blasting systems, and comparative tests were made with conventional chemical explosives. Gas blasting devices were found to be closely comparable to chemical explosives in terms of specific energy consumption, but absence of any significant shock wave in the gas blast results in a different mode of action. The gas devices fractured the ice largely by flexure, giving large fragments. Practical applications of gas blasting for ice breaking are discussed. Author
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost