Labfasiliteter på Forskningssenter vinterdrift (NTNU)
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Good quality winter maintenance of roads is important for getting people and goods safely transported in the winter. Ploughing, gritting and salting together with monitoring of road conditions require good knowledge and understanding of snow and ice properties, especially while interacting with a tire. A research group for winter maintenance at the NTNU has been established in cooperation with Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) to strengthen this field through research and building expertise. A central element of the research group’s activities is the education of master's and doctoral candidates with specialization in winter maintenance that further contributes to higher level of knowledge in the sector. Studying winter maintenance outdoors can be challenging, since weather conditions, such as precipitation, humidity and temperature, can vary rapidly and effect the test results. To secure good core expertise, such variables as weather, must be controlled. Therefore, there was a demand for new type of indoor laboratory facilities at the NTNU that would enable studies of snow and ice properties in controlled conditions. These facilities were develop in cooperation with the research group for winter maintenance at the NTNU and the NPRA and taken into use in January 2017. The description of these facilities are found in this memo.