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A rate and state friction law for saline ice

Lishman, B; Sammonds, P; Feltham, D; (2011) A rate and state friction law for saline ice. J GEOPHYS RES-OCEANS , 116 , Article C05011. 10.1029/2010JC006334.

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Abstract

Sea ice friction models are necessary to predict the nature of interactions between sea ice floes. These interactions are of interest on a range of scales, for example, to predict loads on engineering structures in icy waters or to understand the basin-scale motion of sea ice. Many models use Amonton's friction law due to its simplicity. More advanced models allow for hydrodynamic lubrication and refreezing of asperities; however, modeling these processes leads to greatly increased complexity. In this paper we propose, by analogy with rock physics, that a rate-and state-dependent friction law allows us to incorporate memory (and thus the effects of lubrication and bonding) into ice friction models without a great increase in complexity. We support this proposal with experimental data on both the laboratory (similar to 0.1 m) and ice tank (similar to 1 m) scale. These experiments show that the effects of static contact under normal load can be incorporated into a friction model. We find the parameters for a first-order rate and state model to be A = 0.310, B = 0.382, and mu(0) = 0.872. Such a model then allows us to make predictions about the nature of memory effects in moving ice-ice contacts.

Type:Article
Title:A rate and state friction law for saline ice
DOI:10.1029/2010JC006334
Keywords:COULOMBIC SHEAR FAULTS, LOW SLIDING VELOCITIES, SEA-ICE, DEPENDENT FRICTION, STICK-SLIP, RHEOLOGY, FRACTURE, MECHANISM
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Earth Sciences
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

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