Snow, Ice and Avalanche Mechanics

Master’s Degree Programme in Civil and Environmental Engineering: VO2; 2,5 ECTS-C

Lecturer: W. Fellin


Learning the foundations of snow, ice and avalanche mechanics.


  • ice and snow physics (including metamorphosis of snow)
  • mechanical properties of ice and snow, material models
  • stress state in the snow pack, deformation of the snow pack
  • snow pressure
  • avalanche release (essential factors and mechanism)
  • avalanche movement: classification, velocities, forces, dynamic models, hazard zones 

Lecture (german) using blackboard and projector, german script

Examination modus:



Lawinenhandbuch (Tyrolia Verlag)


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