Tensile fracture of a single crack in first-year sea ice

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  • Clarkson University
  • United States Army Engineer Research and Development Center
  • TerraPower LLC


The break-up of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic has been studied during three field trips in the spring of 1993 at Resolute, NWT, and the fall of 2001 and 2004 on McMurdo Sound via in situ cyclic loading and fracture experiments. In this paper, the back-calculated fracture information necessary to the specification of an accurate viscoelastic fictitious (cohesive) crack model is presented. In particular, the changing shape of the stress separation curve with varying conditions and loading scenarios is revealed.


Original languageEnglish
Article number20170346
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2129
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Antarctic, Arctic, Fracture, Stress separation curve

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