SOME ELEMENTS OF ICEBERG TECHNOLOGY

The paper attempts to make technical information on glaciological and ice engineering aspects of the problem more readily available to the interested planner or engineer. Specific conclusions include: (1) No unprotected iceberg, no matter how long or wide, would be likely to survive the ablation caused by a long trip to low latitudes. (2) Icebergs that have a horizontal dimension exceeding 2km may well be prone to breakup by long wavelength swells. (3) To avoid the dangers associated with an iceberg capsizing, the width of a 200-m-thick iceberg should always be more than 300 m. (4) For towing efficiency the length/width ratio of a towed iceberg should be appreciably greater than unity. (5) For a pilot project, the selected iceberg would have to be quite small, if for no other reason than the practical availability of tug power. (Au)

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  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179801
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Arctic Institute of North America
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 78-2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM