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On the correlation between tensile strength and stress wave velocities of dry coherent snow based on its structural model

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The various mechanical properties of dry coherent snow are determined by the same structural peculiarities of this medium, that can be described using the model of regular packed grains connected by rigid bonds. Analytic expressions for the many important snow mechanical parameters (density, elastic moduli, stress wave velocities, strength, etc.) are derived using the model by introducing three non-dimensional principal structural factors: texture friability, bond rigidity and coordination number. Analytic expressions that relate tensile strength to P and S stress wave velocities are proposed and used to examine the interrelations between the internal structure and tensile strength for snow–ice formations in a wide density range. The theoretically derived results and available experimental data are well correlated and form the basis for the development of non-destructive testing methods to evaluate the strength characteristics of snow, using seismic and acoustic measurements.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2001-01-01

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