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Ice Engineering Part I – Ice Properties, Processes, and Problem Solutions

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Ice formation along rivers and channels can have destructive effects on the surrounding environment. Ice can cause bridge scour, soil erosion, death of vegetation and aquatic life, flooding and mechanical malfunction of hydropower plants. Ice control employs various processes of ice removal, and solutions for navigating water bodies containing ice. Several procedures of controlling and eliminating ice will be covered in this course. Ice formation processes and physical properties will also be discussed.

This course is the first of a two part series on ice engineering. Part I will provide the reader with the processes, and problem solutions for ice in rivers and channels. Part II will cover the problems of Ice jams; ice flooding, winter navigation on inland waterways and the preparation of river ice management plans.

This course material is based on the document “Ice Engineering,” as published on the website of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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