FRACTURE OF ICE

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Understanding how sea ice fractures has fundamental importance in arctic marine technology and climate studies. The importance of ice fracture research is enhanced by global warming which has changed the once-predictable seasonal conditions. It is not only that the sea ice is thinner, it is also warmer. We need to address how this new, warm ice fractures. We will conduct systematic experimental assessment of the small-scale physical mechanisms and the parameters that impact tensile fracture of warm ice, close to the melting point. We will conduct laboratory experiments at Aalto University and at University College London, and field experiments in Svalbard. Very large-scale experiments at the 40m x 40m Aalto Ice Tank have a central role in the research.
AcronymICEFRACTURE
StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/09/202231/08/2026

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