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Cohesive strength and fracture toughness of atmospheric ice

Palanque, Valérian and Villeneuve, Eric and Budinger, Marc and Pommier-Budinger, Valérie and Momen, Gelareh Cohesive strength and fracture toughness of atmospheric ice. (2022) Cold Regions Science and Technology, 204. 103679. ISSN 0165-232X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coldregions.2022.103679


This paper aims at defining the key mechanical properties of atmospheric ice in order to improve the design of mechanical de-icing systems. Based on ice fracture mechanisms, the parameters of interest are the cohesive strength of the ice and its fracture toughness. A hybrid experimental/numerical vibrating method is used to measure those critical values. Parameters such as temperature and precipitation rate influence the ice density and ice samples are thus defined with respect to this parameter. First, the cohesive strength of ice is measured over the entire range of ice density and a polynomial expression of the cohesive strength of ice is given as a function of this density. Then the fracture toughness is measured for a smaller range of density and an average critical value is given. Finally, the influence of the properties computed is discussed to assess the conditions of atmospheric ice mechanical removal and the challenges for the design of mechanical ice protection systems. The study tends to show that as its density decreases, ice is more difficult to remove mechanically.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-04092077
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Office National d'Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales - ONERA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université du Québec - UQ (CANADA)
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Deposited On:17 Mar 2023 16:09

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