- Bejan, A. and Tyvand, P.A., Pressure melting of ice under a body with flat base,
Journal of Heat Transfer, Transactions ASME, vol. 114 no. 2
pp. 529 - 531 .
(last updated on 2007/04/06)
One of the anomalous thermodynamic properties of water is that the melting point of ice decreases as the pressure increases. This behavior was discovered independently by G. Kirchhoff (1858) and J. Thomson (1873). It inspired O. Reynolds (1901) to speculate that the "pressure melting" of ice and snow might be responsible for the low coefficient of friction experienced during skating and skiing. According to him, thre pressure applied by the skate on the ice surface would cause superficial melting, which in turn would lubricate the relative motion between skate and ice. In thsi paper the authors consider a different fundamental aspect of the pressure-melting of ice, namely the indentation caused by a flat solid that is pressed against a block of ice.
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