A characteristic feature of bed conditions over large parts of the arctic region is that the bottom is bare rock or is covered by only a relatively thin layer of sediments. For this reason one of the most difficult--and often one of the most expensive and economically most unpredictable--problems facing the designer of arctic wharves is that of providing lateral support for his wharf structure at the bottom. During the last ten years in which a considerable number of wharves have been designed and constructed in Greenland an almost equally large number of different solutions to this problem have been tried with varying degrees of success. The paper presents some of these solutions with comments as to the experiences gained during construction. In Greenland the problem is aggravated by the fact that on many sites the possibility of drifting ice in the form of icebergs or large floes makes it necessary to use backfilled structures requiring strong lateral supports at the bottom.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Abstract of paper delivered at the First International Conference on "Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions" held at Trondheim, Norway, August 23-30, 1971
  • Corporate Authors:

    POAC Conference

  • Authors:
    • Hulgaard, E
    • Sorensen, T
  • Publication Date: 1971-8-23

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00025674
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Arctic Institute of North America
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1972 12:00AM