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Ice friction: the effect of thermal conductivity

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The effect of thermal conductivity on ice friction is studied systematically for different metallic slider materials over a wide range of temperatures, and sliding velocities. By thermally insulating the slider with fiberglass, the isolated effect of thermal conductivity on ice friction is investigated. A decrease of the friction coefficient in the boundary friction regime and an earlier onset of the mixed friction regime in terms of sliding velocity are found. Furthermore, the dependence of the ice friction coefficient on sliding velocity is compared for different sliding materials. It is found that the influence and importance of thermal conductivity decreases with increasing sliding velocity.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 2010

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  • The Journal of Glaciology is published six times per year. It accepts submissions from any discipline related to the study of snow and ice. All articles are peer reviewed. The Journal is included in the ISI Science Citation Index.
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