RESEARCH PAPERS: Arctic Engineering

A Technique for Producing Ice From NaCl Brine for Studying Fundamental Deformation Behavior

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P. S. Godavarti, G. M. Pharr

Department of Materials Science, Rice University, Houston, Tex. 77251

J. Energy Resour. Technol 107(2), 173-176 (Jun 01, 1985) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231172 History: Received June 25, 1984; Revised October 23, 1984; Online October 22, 2009


The deformation behavior of frozen saline soils involves a complex interaction between non-deformable particles (soil) and a plastic solid (ice) containing a liquid phase (brine). In order to understand this, it is highly desirable to characterize the deformation behavior of the ice-brine system alone. However, preparation of ice-brine specimens suitable for laboratory testing is difficult because migration of brine during freezing produces inhomogeneous brine distributions. To overcome these difficulties, a liquid phase sintering technique has been developed to produce ice specimens from NaCl brine. The details of the process and the resulting microstructures are presented.

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