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The kinetics of ice-lens growth in porous media

Style, R. W. and Peppin, S. S. L. (2011) The kinetics of ice-lens growth in porous media. Journal of Fluid Mechanics . (Submitted)



We analyse the growth rate of segregated ice (ice lenses) in freezing porous media. For typical colloidal materials such as soils we show that the commonly-employed Clapeyron equation is not valid macroscopically at the interface between the ice lens and the surrounding porous medium owing to the viscous dynamics of flow in premelted films. This gives rise to an ‘interfacial resistance’ to flow towards the growing ice which causes a significant drop in predicted ice-growth (heave) rates and explains why many previous models predict ice-growth rates that are much larger than those seen in experiments. We derive an explicit formula for the ice-growth rate in a given porous medium, and show that this only depends on temperature and on the external pressures imposed on the freezing system. This growth-rate formula contains a material-specific function which can be calculated (with a knowledge of the of the geometry and material of the porous medium), but which is also readily experimentally-measurable. We apply the formula to plate-like particles, and obtain good agreement with previous experimental data. Finally we show how the interfacial resistance explains the observation that the maximum heave rate in soils occurs in medium-grained particles such as silts, while heave rates are smaller for fine- and coarse- grained particles.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:D - G > General
Research Groups:Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics
ID Code:1435
Deposited By: Peter Hudston
Deposited On:15 Nov 2011 08:36
Last Modified:29 May 2015 19:08

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