Accession Number : AD0281946

Title :   SNOW COMPACTION - TECHNIQUES.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Moser,E. H. , Jr

Report Date : 29 JUN 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : Extensive experiments were conducted to develop techniques and equipment for the Navy's cold-processing snow-compaction procedures for producing load-bearing snow by mechanical acceleration of the natural metamorphic processes occurring in snow. Six techniques have been developed: precompaction preparations, compressive compaction, depth-processing, double depth-processing, surface-hardening, and layered compaction. All six techniques are used in the maintenance and repair of snow-compaction areas, with the choice of technique depending on the need. In addition to developing techniques and equipment for compacting snow to varying degrees of hardness, some investigations have been made on the protection of this snow from deterioration under intense solar radiation and prolonged periods of above-freezing temperatures. Experience has shown that a basic understanding of the techniques and snow-compaction equipment is required for the successful construction of skiways, runways, parking areas, and snow roads. (Author)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY ENGINEERING, *ROAD BUILDING EQUIPMENT, *RUNWAYS, *SNOW, AIRPORTS, LANDING FIELDS, MAINTENANCE, NAVAL OPERATIONS, POLAR REGIONS, TESTS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE