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Title: Investigation of construction and maintenance of airdromes on ice, 1946-1947 : report of landings on ice at Cambridge Bay, Canada, May 1947
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. New England Division. Soils Laboratory.
Keywords: Airfields
Runways
Ice
Ice runways
Snow
Snow runways
Ice construction
Snow construction
Ice bearing capacity
Snow cover effect
Maintenance
Construction
Publisher: Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory) ; 10.
Description: Technical Report
Summary: Field observations were made of the operation of wheeled aircraft from water supported ice at Cambridge Bay, Victoria Island, Canada for "Project Beetle", in connection with an "Investigation of the Construction and Maintenance of Airdromes on Ice Caps and Ice Masses" as authorized by Office, Chief of Engineers and carried out by the New England Division during the fiscal year 1946-1947. The observations were made from 14 May 1947 to 24 May 1947. The site of operations had been selected as a location for one of a number of joint Canadian and American Arctic weather stations. Observations and studies were made as follows: (1) Effect of airplane wheel loads on ice, (2) Effect of snow cover on operation of wheeled aircraft on ice, (3) Effect of weather on ice formation, (4) Effect of operation of construction and maintenance equipment on ice surfaces, (5) Effect of oil, gasoline and debris on ice surfaces, (6) Construction and maintenance of snow covered ice airfield. It is concluded that fast ice in sheltered bays and inlets, such as that at Cambridge Bay, provides one of the most desirable sites for ice airfields when ice thickness requirements can be met. It is also concluded that 4 to 6 inches of snow cover on traffic areas is desirable for prolonging the useful period of operation, for smoothing out of minor surface irregularities and for providing a satisfactory braking surface for aircraft wheels.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11681/6606
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