Wet-snow failure mechanics (WetFAME)

Wet-snow avalanches are notoriously difficult to forecast because their release depends on a complex interaction of water percolation and snow stratigraphy. The mechanical properties governing the release are poorly understood. Accordingly, the overall aim of the project WetFAME is to improve our understanding of wet-snow failure mechanics. In order shed some light on this topic, we will establish experimental procedures and introduce a discrete-element method to better explore the relevant fracture mechanical parameters in wet snow.

Bearbeiter: C. Mitterer, W. Fellin


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