A Pilot experiment to measure arctic pack-ice driving forces

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ConferenceProc. 9th Int. Conf. on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions (POAC-87): 17 August 1987, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Pages381395; # of pages: 15
Subjectice; forces (mechanics); pack ice; driving forces; compressive ice stresses; southern beaufort sea, multi-year ice floe; ridging
AbstractPack-ice driving forces are synonymous with the limiting forces that can be transmitted through pack ice. Knowledge of this topic is important in relation to: ice loads on structures (the limiting driving force approach); ice motion modelling and forecasting; arctic ship routing. Until recently, limiting pack-ice forces had been speculated upon but never measured. This paper describes a pilot experiment to measure typical values for pack-ice driving forces across a width of several kilometres in the southern Beaufort Sea. In-situ ice pressure sensors were installed near the middle of a multi-year floe. The floe was subject to converging ice conditions and pressure ridging occurred around it. Corresponding compressive ice stresses in the floe were measured from which the average pack-ice forces associated with the observed ridging could be inferred. The paper describes the background to the project, the general approach, the equipment used, and the results obtained.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number31006
NPARC number20378444
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