A floating-station structure

Rufli, Henry; Schwander, Jakob (2007). A floating-station structure. Annals of glaciology, 47, pp. 79-81. International Glaciological Society 10.3189/172756407786857839

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Long-term maintenance of camp constructions on snow and ice surfaces involves repeated adjustments of the vertical position of buildings due to snow accumulation or ice ablation. The principle of a low-effort vertical-adjustment station structure is presented. The basic idea is to construct a floatable spherical-shaped building that can be lifted by adding water underneath, which will then refreeze, or can be lowered by melting ice away from the base. Under cold polar conditions, the power requirement for melting the base free is approximately 100 Wm–2 and is usually available as waste heat from the electric power generator of the station.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Rufli, Heinrich and Schwander, Jakob

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

0260-3055

Publisher:

International Glaciological Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

BORIS Import 2

Date Deposited:

13 Oct 2021 11:20

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:52

Publisher DOI:

10.3189/172756407786857839

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/158442

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/158442

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