Montana State University

Civil Engineering

205 Cobleigh Hall
P.O. Box 173900
Bozeman, MT 59717-3900

Tel: (406) 994-2111
Fax: (406) 994-6105

Dr. Ed Adams

eda(at)ce.montana.edu

Dr. Ladean McKittrick

ladeanm(at)ce.montana.edu

Projects of the MSU Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility

Current and Future Projects

More information coming soon!


Previous Projects

Since its inception, the Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility (SSERF) has been actively used for a range of activities associated with education and research.

For more detail about past projects, read the SSERF Usage Overview.

Research activities oriented toward human physiology have included:

  • Evaluating the Effects of Dehydration on Physical Performance at Cold Temperatures
  • Improving Cardiopulmonary Function in COPD Patients during Cold Exposure
  • Evaluation of performance oriented clothing on physical performance at cold temperatures

Study cases evaluating structural and equipment performance included:

  • An evaluation of Kubota RTV Utility Vehicle performance at Cold Temperatures for MSU facility services
  • Solar Panel Performance with varying Temperature and Solar performance
  • Shear behavior of Glued Laminated Lumber at SubFreezing Temperatures

Research oriented toward Winter Roads and Ocean bottoms included:

  • Development of Standardized Test Procedures for Evaluating Deicing Chemicals
  • Laboratory Investigation of Prewet Solid Deicing Salts Exposed to Traffic
  • Establishing Best Practices of Removing Snow and Ice from California Roadways
  • Inhibitor Longevity and Deicer Performance Study
  • Melting Power Testing on Commercial Deicers
  • Effect of Cold Temperature on the Mechanical Properties of Marine Clays

Studies related to life in extreme envrionments included:

  • Exploring the Liquid Vein Network between Ice Crystals in Glaciers
  • Concentration and Isotopic Composition of Gases in Glacier Ice

Research in snow mechanics included:

  • Snow Depth and Snow Water Equivalent Measurements using Ultra Wide Radar
  • Laboratory Simulations of Near Surface Weak Layer Formation
  • Shear Strength of Weak Layers in Snow

In addition to ongoing research, there seems to be an ongoing stream of people that are interested in touring the lab. Those who have toured the SSERF include: Elemetary, middle, and, high school classes. Along with prospective faculty and college students, current college students and faculty, and the occasional VIP.