Absence of Size Effect in Brittle Crushing and Breakthrough Loads of Floating Ice Sheets

  • Devinder S. Sodhi
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 94)


When the failure of a material depends on strength and fracture, a transition in failure mode from ductile to brittle leads to a reduction in nominal strength or force with an increase in size. For continuous brittle crushing of ice sheets against vertical structures, and for breakthrough loads of floating ice sheets, we did not find any change in the nominal strength or nominal force with an increase in ice thickness because there is no change in failure mode with an increase in size. We present data from small-scale tests and full-scale measurements to show the absence of a size effect.


Indentation Test Effective Pressure Radial Crack Interfacial Pressure Nominal Strength 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Devinder S. Sodhi
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  1. 1.U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development CenterCold Regions Research and Engineering LaboratoryHanoverUSA

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