Mechanics of tidally driven fractures in Europa’s ice shell

Abstract

A fracture mechanics model is developed for the initiation and propagation of a crack through a porous ice layer of finite thickness under gravitational overburden. It is found that surface cracks generated in response to a tidally induced stress field may penetrate through the entire outer brittle layer if a subsurface ocean is present on Europa. Such… (More)

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@inproceedings{Lee2005MechanicsOT, title={Mechanics of tidally driven fractures in Europa’s ice shell}, author={Sunwoong Lee and Robert T. Pappalardo and Nicholas C. Makris}, year={2005} }