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Published June 2020 | Accepted Version + Published
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Ice Penetration by a Bluff-Body Melting Probe


We analyze the operation of melting probes as a Stefan problem for the liquid/solid interface surrounding the probe. We assume that the liquid layer is thin and, therefore, amenable to analysis by the lubrication theory. The resulting Stefan problem is solvable in the closed form. The solution determines the dependence of the penetration speed on the temperature differential between the probe and the surrounding ice, the size, shape and weight of the probe, the viscosity of liquid water and the thermal properties of solid ice.

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© 2020 by ASME. Paper No: JAM-19-1615. Contributed by the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Applied Mechanics. Manuscript received December 7, 2019; final manuscript received March 7, 2020; published online March 11, 2020. We thank the PEP-120217 student group of the University of Siegen, Germany, under the guidance of R. Nötzel, for their participation in the experimental part of the study.

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