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Mechanical properties of ice

Summary: Constitutive relations describing major features of fabric evolution (induced anisotropy) as ice is sheared during its flow through an ice sheet have been constructed. These are the necessary ice properties which must be incorporated into the physical balances of momentum and energy which govern the flow of ice in the sheet as it evolves under climatic forcing. Correlations with experimental and field data have been made, and some simple predictions calculated for idealized flows. Responses of different classes of relation have been compared.

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University of East Anglia
School of Mathamatics
NR4 7TJ NORWICH
United Kingdom
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