Accession Number : AD0623010

Title :   IMPROVEMENTS TO POLAR CAMPS, USE OF A 64-FOOT JAMESWAY.

Descriptive Note : Technical note,

Corporate Author : NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Sherwood,G. E.

Report Date : SEP 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : Certain practical considerations have usually limited the length of Jamesways to 48 feet' however, by using a side entry and heating the building with a forced-air furnace, its length can be extended indefinitely. Although economy of construction and heating increase with length, a limit of 64 feet was set for fire safety and possible tow as an assembled building. This length is easily adaptable to the NCEL 25-man pioneer polar camp. A 64-foot Jamesway was used as a 12-man quarters in the NCEL experimental camp near McMurdo, Antarctica, during Deep Freeze 64 and 65. The building size and arrangement worked quite well; however, some improvements are needed in the outfitting. The curtain partitions require some redesign for increased strength and better attachment to the arch ribs in the building. The electrical harness can be simplified by replacing the pre-wired conduit with insulated cable, and the lights need to be relocated for improved illumination. These items are currently being redesigned by the Laboratory. A 64-foot Jamesway was also used in the experimental camp for a mess hall, galley and utility building. This combination permitted placement of a snow melter and all high-water-use facilities in the same building, thus eliminating most of the outdoor water distribution lines in the present pioneer polar camp design. The combination building worked exceptionally well; however, the galley layout is being improved for better traffic circulation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*POLAR REGIONS, BUILDINGS), (*BUILDINGS, POLAR REGIONS), (*CIVIL ENGINEERING, POLAR REGIONS), STRUCTURES, SUPPORTS, PROTECTIVE COVERINGS, PAULINS, HEATING, MILITARY FACILITIES

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