A model of icicle growth

Lasse Makkonen

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    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
    Issue number116
    Publication statusPublished - 1988
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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