Large-Scale Thermal Bending Fracture of Sea Ice Plates

  title={Large-Scale Thermal Bending Fracture of Sea Ice Plates},
  author={P. Zdenek},
A hypothesis that large-scale fracture of sea ice plates in the Arctic could be caused by the release of energy of thermal bending moments due to major temperature changes is advanced and examined. Bending propagation of a through-the-thiclrness crack along the floating plate, with negligible inertial forces, is analyzed, asswning the moment field in the plate near the traveling crack front and the fracture process zone to be in a steady state. The analysis uses the plate-bending theory, and… CONTINUE READING


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