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Title: Compacted-snow runways : guidelines for their design and construction in Antarctica
Authors: National Science Foundation (U.S.). Division of Polar Programs.
University of Melbourne.
Russell-Head, David S.
Budd, W. F. (William Francis)
Keywords: Antarctica
Runway technology
Compacted snow runways
Snow runways
Snow mechanics
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 89-10.
Description: Special Report
Abstract: Only small areas near the margins of the ice cap in Antarctica are ice-free, and only a few of these exposed sites are suitable for the construction of conventional runways. Wheeled aircraft have operated successfully on hard sea ice and exposed glacial ice, and skis have been fitted to a wide range of aircraft for use on snow. There has been a resurgence of interest in making snow runways suitable for use by conventional wheeled aircraft. Laboratory and field work has confirmed that low-density surface snow can be compacted in several ways to yield a strong, uniform, load-bearing pavement that can support heavy wheeled aircraft. The Soviets have constructed several full-scale runways in Antarctica. This report provides some of the technical background for the design and construction of compacted-snow runways in Antarctica. The technology is not particularly difficult, and it is likely that the next few decades will see substantial changes to Antarctic air transportation as more snow runways are constructed throughout the continent.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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