Quantitative analysis of snow deposition by use of models in a water flume

TitleQuantitative analysis of snow deposition by use of models in a water flume
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1967
AuthorsTheakston, F. H., and Naraine D.
Conference Name35th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 35th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1967
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationBoise, Idaho
KeywordsModelling snow accumulation, Snow loads, Water flume

Snow loads on roofs of buildings and other structures are studied by use of models of buildings under water in a flume where fine sand is added to simulate blown snow. The pattern of drifting sand in water is remarkably similar to snow deposited by wind. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, have established laboratory procedures to study quantitatively the deposition of white sand injected into flowing water in the flume. Data and photographs are included to illustrate the quantity of the sand deposited and to qualify the changes recommended for building codes for orientation of structures and highways as well as landscaping features through the knowledge obtained form this procedure.