Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 14, 1449–1458, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 1449–1458, 2020

Research article 05 May 2020

Research article | 05 May 2020

A model for French-press experiments of dry snow compaction

Colin R. Meyer et al.

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We describe snow compaction laboratory data with a new mathematical model. Using a compression device that is similar to a French press with snow instead of coffee grounds, Wang and Baker (2013) compacted numerous snow samples of different densities at a constant velocity to determine the force required for snow compaction. Our mathematical model for compaction includes airflow through snow and predicts the required force, in agreement with the experimental data.