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Title: Preliminary snow compaction field tests using dry processing methods
Authors: Wuori, Albert F.
Keywords: Snow
Snow compaction
Snow roads
Snow runways
Aircraft landing areas
Snow construction
Publisher: U.S. Army Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Research Establishment.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: SIPRE report ; 53.
Description: Technical report
Summary: During the winter of 1956-57 at Houghton, Michigan, several test lanes were constructed of dry processed snow in order to determine the feasibility of constructing runways of snow processed without the addition of heat or water. The test lanes were composed of snow disaggregated by and discharged from rotary snowplows. The surfaces of the leveled snow deposits were additionally processed by rolling or vibratory compacting. It was found that the vibratory compactor was effective in densifying and strengthening the surface layer when used on freshly processed snow and less effective when age hardening of the snow had taken place. Rolling was most effective when the snow temperature was near the melting point. There may be a significant difference in the properties of disaggregated snow dependent on the mechanical and operating characteristics of the different snowplows used.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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