Dynamics of snow melting on tents during possibly threatening precipitation

Grzegorz Kimbar


Lightweight tent structures are allowed under European codes to be designed for reduced snow load if the interior of a tent is appropriately heated. The dependence of the resultant snow load on snowfall rate is considered in this paper for such cases. A simple thermodynamic model of the heat flux is derived. Numerical simulation reveals the occurrence of a precipitation rate threshold value above which safety measure provided by heating becomes ineffective.

Słowa kluczowe: snow load, tents, safety

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