Location: Room OB10, Basement, Kathleen Lonsdale Building
Telephone Extension: 30150
Laboratory Manager: Professor Peter Sammonds; John Bowles
The Ice Physics Laboratory consists of a 5 chamber complex of inter-connected cold rooms controllable from 0 to -30 deg C:
- Ice Preparation Laboratory,
- Mechanical Test Laboratory,
- Ice Analysis Laboratory,
- Ice Machine Shop,
- Ice Store
Research Equipment Includes:
Ice Friction Apparatus Preforms ice friction tests on skeleton-bob runners for UK sport.
Triaxial deformation cell for ice operating at low temperature (down to -90ºC) and high pressures (300 MPa) utilizing a servo-controlled 100 kN actuator, with AE monitoring and P-wave velocity measurements, using 40mm diameter by 100mm long specimens.
Triaxial Deformation & Tomography Cell, consisting of 4 servo-hydraulic 6 tonne actuators loading an ice specimen in the y and z directions and fluid confining pressure providing the x-component stress (essentially a biaxial loading rig combined with a pressure vessel.
The rig operates at confining pressures of up to 50 MPa, temperatures down to -40°C, and strain rates in the 10-4/s to 10-8/s, and takes an ice specimen up to 80mm x 160mm x 40mm.
The Cold Room Facilities are available for use by arrangement. For further information or to arrange use of the coldroom facilities please contact Laboratory Manager.