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Lifetime estimation for a land-fast ice sheet subjected to ocean swell

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It is well known that an incoming ocean swell produces a strain field in a land-fast ice sheet. The attenuation and spectral content of this strain field can be calculated and has been measured. The response of the sea ice to this type of cyclic forcing has also been measured, and in particular we are able to estimate the number of cycles to failure for sea ice loaded at constant amplitude. In this paper we consider the response of the land-fast ice sheet or vast floe to a measured ice-coupled wave field of variable amplitude. We use the Palmgren–Miner cumulative damage law and stress–lifetime curves taken from field experiments to predict the lifetime of the sea-ice sheet as a function of significant wave height and sea-ice brine fraction. Calculations are performed to account for the swell entering a land-fast sea-ice sheet at arbitrary angle, and the influence of c-axis alignment and the presence of pre-existing cracks are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2001

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  • The Annals of Glaciology is a peer-reviewed, thematic journal published 2 to 4 times a year by the International Glaciological Society (IGS). Publication frequency is determined and volume/issue numbers assigned by the IGS Council on a year-to-year basis and with a lead time of 3 to 4 years. The Annals of Glaciology is included in the ISI Science Citation Index from volume 50, number 50 onwards.

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