Accession Number : AD0410460


Title :   DESIGN CONCEPT FOR AN ELEVATED SOUTH POLE STATION.


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF


Personal Author(s) : Anderson,J.L. ; Schroeder,J.E.


Report Date : 26 JUN 1963


Pagination or Media Count : 49


Abstract : Because of the failing condition of the present South Pole Station and the need for a station with a minimum life of 15 years, in 1960 the Laboratory was requested to study design concepts for the South Pole Station. All concepts were to be com patible with the logistical and natural problems, the construction season, and the construction force. Three basic concepts were investigated, above-grade, at-grade, and below-grade. In turn, building layouts of train, semi-train, composite, and dispersed were investigated for each concept. Of these, it was determined that a combination semi-train and dispersed layout was best with the below- and at-grade concepts, and a composite layout was best with the above-grade concept. An above composite design was selected as the most promising for the South Pole Station. Following this selection, a conceptual design was developed. The principal components included an elevated structure and underlying tunnel for the camp core, with the major outlying facilities connected to this core by fully lined under-snow tunnels. The success of the elevated structure was confirmed by wind-tunnel model studies which showed that little drift would occur under an elevated building in a climate similar to that of the South Pole. (Author)


Descriptors :   *WEATHER STATIONS, POLAR REGIONS, LOGISTICS, CONSTRUCTION, STRUCTURES, UNDERGROUND STRUCTURES.


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE