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Published 1958 | public
Journal Article

Preliminary Results and Review of Sea Ice Elasticity and Related Studies


There are many methods of determining elasticity that can be used on ice. These can be divided into laboratory and field studies, and further divided into static and dynamic determinations. Two valuable in-place field methods are deflection and seismic. Preliminary results from a mass of data indicate that the elasticity of sea ice is less than fresh ice and varies over at least an order of magnitude. Results obtained from the seismic method are generally at least an order of magnitude greater than small sample static values. Preliminary analysis indicates that elasticity can be related to a parameter which includes temperature, liquid-and air-content.

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© 1958 Engineering Institute of Canada. The above work was sponsored by the Geophysics Research Directorate, Air Force Cambridge Research Center. The author is grateful to Dr. James A. Peoples, Jr., and Lt. Col Louis DeGoes for encouragement and assistance. Stimulating discussions were held with Dr. James Wilson, Dr. W. Weeks, Dr. A. Assur, and Mr. D. Barnes. J. Grady, E. Whitney, R. Iliff, and P. O'Connor supplied invaluable field and computational assistance. W. Watson did most of the instrumentation. The author is indebted to the Air Force and the Arctic Institute of North America for permission to publish.

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