RESEARCH PAPERS: Arctic Engineering

Ice Impact Force Measurements on a Vertically Faced Bridge Pier

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R. Frederking, M. Sayed

Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 114(1), 63-65 (Feb 01, 1992) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919953 History: Received August 08, 1990; Revised September 23, 1991; Online June 12, 2008


A vertically faced 90-deg wedge-shaped pier on the Rideau river in Ottawa has been instrumented to measure ice impact forces. The pier is fitted with a frame which allows various sensors to be used to measure ice impact loads. Measurements have been made for three winters with two different types of ice sensors. A maximum impact force of 50 kN was obtained from direct measurements and a maximum local impact pressure of 6 MPa over an area of 0.01 m2 was indirectly estimated.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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