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Title: Ice control techniques for Corps projects
Authors: Haynes, F. Donald
Haehnel, Robert B.
Clark, Charles H.
Zabilansky, Leonard J.
Keywords: Polynyas--Methodology
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)--Cold weather conditions--Heating and ventilation
Radiant heating--Methodology
Dams--Cold weather conditions--Heating and ventilation
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report;REMR-HY-14
Abstract: This investigation was performed by the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory for Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The overall objective of the study was to provide much more efficient methods for controlling and removing ice at locks and dams. Twelve serious ice problems at locks were identified, the most severe being ice accumulation in the miter gate recess. Fifteen ice problems around dams were identified, the most severe being ice accumulation upstream of a dam. The most common method of dealing with ice problems has previously been chipping the ice off, a labor-intensive, time-consuming, and hazardous practice. Other more efficient and more effective methods such as air bubbler systems and panel heaters were studied herein. The rationale has been to prevent ice from forming, or, if this is not possible, provide efficient, economical solutions. Future research should focus on optimizing panel heater size and power requirements in problem areas for ice buildup. Also, additional work should be done with bubblers and water cannons for moving ice.
Description: Technical Report
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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