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|Title:||Advances in Antarctic sled technology|
|Authors:||Lever, J. H.|
Weale, Jason C.
Kaempfer, Thomas U.
Preston, Monica J.
|Publisher:||Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)|
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
|Abstract:||Abstract: This report discusses the recent advances in the performance of sleds developed for polar resupply traverses. Researchers at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) have guided developments by using field mobility measurements that routinely included sled-train towing force, speed, and air temperature. Owing to its dominant contribution to towing resistance, researchers have made special efforts to understand the processes and design choices that affect sled–snow sliding friction. As a result, polar traverses now tow lightweight, flexible sleds that achieve significant performance and cost advantages relative to steel sleds. With an emphasis on Antarctic traverses, this report summarizes sled developments, performance data, insights, and future goals for sled technology.|
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