FORCE MEASUREMENTS ON A NAVIGABLE ICE BOOM

A test ice boom was designed, installed and instrumented on the St. Lawrence River near Massena, New York, in order to demonstrate the feasibility of maintaining a stable ice cover upstream from the boom while allowing repeated ship passages. The installed instrumentation allowed loads to be measured, which in turn led to the revision of available theories for computing loads on ice booms as well as providing raw data for the calibration of hydraulic/ice models of navigable ice booms. The force measurements also showed that the effect of water surface elevation fluctuations must also be considered during the design where it is necessary to anchor the shoreside ends of boom cables well above the water level. The boom assisted in the early formation and the maintenance of a stable ice cover throughout the winter. No ice passed over or under the boom, even under conditions of high wind and frequent vessel transits.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Association for Hydraulic Research

    Room 61, Box 177
    Delft,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Uzuner, M S
    • Peter, J J
    • Robb, DCN
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 179-187
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174240
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM