Thermal Analysis of Frozen Embankment Islands

by Guy R. Bafus, Lieutenant; Civ. Engrg. Corps, U.S. Navy, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.,
Gary L. Guymon, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. and Environmental Engrg.; Univ. of California, Irvine, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 123-139

Document Type: Journal Paper


A two-dimensional finite element analysis of the thermal state of man-made frozen islands is presented. The model includes an air-ground interface energy exchange simulator that incorporates available meteorological parameters for application to offshore areas in the Alaskan arctic. Comparison of simulations with analytical and available data indicates an accurate and efficient model. Two hypothetical island configurations are analyzed using actual meteorological data obtained at Barter Island, Alaska. Results suggest that islands constructed of dredged materials are feasible in shallow waters.

Subject Headings: Thermal analysis | Islands | Two-dimensional analysis | Finite element method | Simulation models | Weather forecasting | Model accuracy | Dredged materials | Arctic | Alaska | United States

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