The paper starts with a consideration of the different fields of engineering which require information on sea ice with the tasks ranging from the design of ice-breaking ships to Arctic drilling platforms and man-made ice islands. Then the structure of the sea ice is described as it influences the observed variations in physical properties. Next the status of our knowledge of the physical properties important to engineering is reviewed. Properties discussed include mechanical properties (compressive, tensile, shear and flexural strengths; dynamic and static elastic moduli; Poisson's ratio), friction and adhesion, thermal properties (specific and latent heats, thermal conductivity and diffusivity, density) and finally electromagnetic properties (dielectric permittivity and loss, resistivity). Particular attention is given to parameters such as temperature, strain-rate, brine volume, and loading direction as they affect property variations. Gaps, contradictions in the data, and inadequacies in testing techniques are pointed out.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings Symposium on Applied Glaciology, Cambridge, September 13-17 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Glaciological Society

    Cambridge CB2 1ER,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Schwarz, J
    • Weeks, W F
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Pagination: p. 449-531
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  • Accession Number: 00187970
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Arctic Science and Technology Information System
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM