Canadian Forest Service Publications

Feasibility of using continuous, stiff materials for reinforcing freshwater ice covers. 2019. Chen, W.; Liu, N.; Lindenschmidt, K.-E.; Swallow, C. SN Applied Sciences 1: 371.

Year: 2019

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39817

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1007/s42452-019-0381-z

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Winter roads are economical and effective means of providing reliable transportation links to remote regions. Operators establishing ice crossings over rivers and lakes have been facing increased pressure to deliver higher volumes of goods, larger loads, in challenging climatic conditions. A question arose from industry: “is there a way to safely provide additional bearing capacity in ice covers and assist with extending operating seasons, possibly through reinforcing the ice?” This study investigated this operational challenge by developing a model to simulate ice reinforcement theories using computer modeling techniques.