Article

Hardness and Yield Strength of CO2 Ice Under Martian Temperature Conditions

Citation

Kaufmann E, Attree N, Bradwell T & Hagermann A (2020) Hardness and Yield Strength of CO2 Ice Under Martian Temperature Conditions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125 (3), Art. No.: e2019JE006217. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019je006217

Abstract
Although ice fracturing and deformation is key to understanding some of the landforms encountered in the high-latitude regions on Mars and on other icy bodies in the solar system, little is known about the mechanical characteristics of CO2 ice. We have measured the hardness of solid CO2 ice directly in the laboratory with a Leeb hardness tester and calculated the corresponding yield strength. We have also measured the hardness of water ice by the same method, confirming previous work. Our results indicate that CO2 ice is slightly weaker, ranging between Leeb ∼200 and 400 (∼10 and 30 MPa yield strength, assuming only plastic deformation and no strain hardening during the experiment), for typical Martian temperatures. Our results can be used for models of CO2 ice rupture (depending on the deformation timescales) explaining surface processes on Mars and solar system icy bodies.

Keywords
CO2 ice; Mars polar regions; mechanical properties

Journal
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets: Volume 125, Issue 3

StatusPublished
FundersSTFC Science & Technology Facilities Council and UK Space Agency
Publication date31/03/2020
Publication date online31/03/2020
Date accepted by journal03/03/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30972
Related URLshttp://hdl.handle.net/11667/138
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union (AGU)
ISSN2169-9097
eISSN2169-9100