Title page for ETD etd-090799-160020

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Shea, Edward
Author's Email Address ed@ctr.vt.edu
URN etd-090799-160020
Title Calibration of Snowmaking Equipment for Efficient Use on Virginia's Smart Road
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kibler, David F. Committee Co-Chair
Loganathan, G. V. Committee Co-Chair
Amanna, Ashwin E. Committee Member
  • all-weather testing
  • remote sensors
  • snowmaking
  • snow and ice control
  • vehicle dynamics
  • snow removal management
  • snow inducer
  • safety and human factors
  • intelligent transporation systems
Date of Defense 1999-08-04
Availability mixed
Calibration of Snowmaking Equipment for Efficient Use on Virginia's Smart Road

Edward J. Shea


Virginia's Smart Road, to be completed by early 2000, is a test bed for numerous research activities including snow and ice control, remote sensor testing, snow removal management, safety and human factors, and vehicle dynamics. An all-weather testing system will feature 75 automated snowmaking towers. In order to provide timely and repeatable weather scenarios, equipment operators will need to understand fully the limitations and capabilities of the snowmaking system.

The research presented herein addresses the hydraulic and hydrologic variables and design methodology to implement efficient snowmaking at a transportation research facility. Design variables include nozzle configuration, water pressure and flowrate, compressed air pressure and flowrate, tower orientation, snow inducer concentration, water and compressed air temperature, and ambient weather conditions. Testing and data collection was performed at the Snow Economics, Inc. research and development site at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, PA. The results of this work will be used to guide the operators of the Smart Road on the most efficient use of the snowmaking equipment.

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