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Title: Comprehensive report : investigation of military construction in Arctic and Subarctic regions
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. St. Paul District.
Keywords: Airfields
Cold regions
Arctic regions
Cold weather construction
Soil mechanics
Thermal properties
Frozen ground
Frozen soils
Frost action
Frost heave
Frost heaving
Permafrost indicators
Meteorological data
Aerial photography
Fairbanks, Alaska
Publisher: Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory (U.S.)) ; no. 28.
Description: Technical Report
Summary: The problems of location, design, construction and maintenance of military airfields and other engineering works in arctic and subarctic regions are peculiar to those regions. The purpose of this investigation is to determine the methods and procedure to be used in the solution of these problems. Observations of existing structures have been made at various airfields in Alaska since 1945, and additional test structures were constructed near Fairbanks in 1946 and 1947 on which observations are being made. Construction and installation of equipment for observation of ground temperatures at certain weather stations throughout Alaska have been completed and observations are being made. The observations have resulted in the formulation of certain conclusions regarding the structures tested. Laboratory research has been carried on at the University of Minnesota to determine the thermal properties of soils and certain insulating materials. Purdue University has been engaged in developing procedures for locating permafrost and determining the kind of arctic and subarctic soils from aerial photographs, Library research is being conducted to locate and translate, where necessary, literature pertaining to permafrost, The results of geophysical exploration, using electrical resistivity methods, do not justify further work on permafrost until improved equipment is developed,, Special equipment has been developed, where necessary, to achieve the purpose of the investigation. Studies have been made of the data collected from the various phases of the investigation. The investigations at the Fairbanks Research Area, Alaskan weather stations, library research, and aerial photographic reconnaissance studies should be continued. The investigation at Northway should be discontinued when the ground temperatures under the hangar have stabilized. NOTE: This file is large. Allow your browser several minutes to download the file.
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