Accession Number : AD0744237

Title :   Snowdrift Control Techniques and Procedures for Polar Facilities.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Nov 68-Jan 70,

Corporate Author : NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Brier,F. W.

Report Date : JUN 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : 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)

Descriptors :   (*SNOW REMOVAL, POLAR REGIONS), WIND, DRIFT, TRAFFICABILITY, STRUCTURES, DAMAGE, AVIATION SAFETY, MODEL TESTS, RUNWAYS, FIELD THEORY

Subject Categories : Snow, Ice and Permafrost
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE