RESEARCH PAPERS: Arctic Engineering

The Characteristic Grain Size and the Compressive Strength of Ice Containing a Bimodal Distribution of Grain Sizes

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E. M. Schulson, J. L. Laughlin

Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 111(1), 61-62 (Feb 01, 1989) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3257140 History: Received January 01, 1987; Revised May 18, 1988; Online October 30, 2009


The purpose of this communication is to show through experiment that the compressive strength of polycrystalline ice, which contains a bimodal distribution of grain sizes, can be expressed in terms of a characteristic grain size. The work was performed in response to an awareness that grain refinement strengthens both columnar [1] and granular [2] freshwater ice deformed under compression, and that ice formed naturally often contains grains of more than one size. A detailed discussion is given elsewhere [3].

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