A model of icicle growth

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Abstract

A theory of icicle growth is presented. It is shown that icicles elongate as hollow tubes of ice with liquid water trapped inside the tip.
A time-dependent computer model based on the theory shows that the growth of an icicle is a complicated process, which is very sensitive to the atmospheric conditions and water flux.
The shape and weight of icicles predicted by the model agree well with laboratory data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-70
JournalJournal of Glaciology
Volume34
Issue number116
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1988
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Makkonen, Lasse. / A model of icicle growth. In: Journal of Glaciology. 1988 ; Vol. 34, No. 116. pp. 64-70.
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A model of icicle growth. / Makkonen, Lasse.

In: Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 34, No. 116, 1988, p. 64-70.

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