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Title: Analysis of recent support-column survey results for the elevated facility at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
Authors: Blaisdell, George L.
Weale, Jason C.
Barna, Lynette A.
Keywords: Amundsen Scott South Pole Station (Antarctica)
Foundations--Cold weather conditions
Snow mechanics
Snow measurement
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)); no. ERDC/CRREL SR-19-3
Abstract: The snow-based foundation for the large elevated Station at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is continuously migrating (creep) away from the load imparted by structure’s support columns and grade beams. Because of nonhomogeneities in the snow foundation, differential loads on each support column, and the facility’s approximately 10-year build-out and progressive-occupancy period, nonuniform settlement of columns is occurring. The created differences in the tops of the columns, where the Station’s floor is attached, can cause serious structural damage and interfere with utilities. Following up on our previous (2006) review of the history of column settlement, this report incorporates essential ancillary measurements and assesses actual Station floor levelness. We determine that past actions to mitigate differential column settlement by shimming at column tops has and continues to be adequate to maintain an acceptable floor levelness. Further, we present a model for predicting future measures of floor levelness that can help facilitate decisions about when and what columns to shim to best preserve resources.
Description: Special Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CRREL SR-19-3
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 42 pages / 2.230 Mb
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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