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Published August 1958 | Published
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An Experimental Study of Strength of Young Sea Ice


Values for the strength of sea ice are extremely sparse in the literature, and available values show a wide, unexplained variation. Results of in-place cantilever beam tests presented in this paper show a definite relationship between flexural strength and brine content. Values for Young's modulus are also experimentally determined. It is shown that the bearing capacity of a sea-ice sheet is dependent on the brine content and that thin ice sheets are capable of supporting a large 'super load' beyond the force necessary to form the first crack.

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© 1958 American Geophysical Union. Communicated manuscript received September 5, 1957; open for formal discussion until January 1, 1959.

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