Item: Ski friction and thermal response
Title: Ski friction and thermal response
Proceedings: 1988 International Snow Science Workshop, Whistler, October 12-15
Authors: G.C. Warren and S.C. Colbeck
Abstract: The low friction encountered in skiing is a result of the friction- heating-melting process associated with a slider moving over snow (Bowden and Hughes, 1939, Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond., A172, 280). This process creates a thin meltwater layer that reduces the area of solid to-solid contact between the snow and the gliding surface of the slider. This theory has recently been quantified (Colbeck, 1988, J. Glaciol. 34, 78). It is the testing of this theory that is presented here.
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Keywords: skiing, friction, thermal, melting, slider, metlway layer
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