Aircraft Operations on Floating Ice Sheets

by S. Russell Stearns,

Serial Information: Journal of the Air Transport Division, 1957, Vol. 83, Issue 1, Pg. 1-19

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper outlines the fundamental relations of load and support of a floating ice sheet and extends these concepts to problems of aircraft operations on this medium. The failure mechanism of ice sheets is explained and limiting load conditions for various failure-stages are indicated. Ice-survey procedure and the effects of variable factors on load capability are carefully set forth.

Subject Headings: Ice loads | Aircraft and spacecraft | Ice | Sheets | Failure analysis | Load factors | Failure loads

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