Halley - at the edge of ice-station design

Blake, David. 2003 Halley - at the edge of ice-station design. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Civil Engineering, 156 (4). 168-174.

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Halley the 50-year-old Antarctic survey station where the hole in the ozone layer was discovered, is by necessity in one of the most inhospitable parts of the earth. Its resident staff are exposed to temperatures down to -55degreesC and winds up to 150 km/h, Everything they build eventually gets embedded in a moving ice shelf. As such, the first four stations were abandoned after ten years or so. The current station, Halley S, is radically different from previous designs in that it uses a mix of Jackable and ski-mounted structures, However, there is still room for improvement, particularly in regard to energy use, and Halley 6-already on the drawing board-is likely to be a further major step forward in sustainable ice-station design.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Administration
ISSN: 0965-089X
Additional Keywords: building structure & design, composite structures, weather
NORA Subject Terms: Electronics, Engineering and Technology
Date made live: 17 Feb 2012 09:56 +0 (UTC)

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