Collisional damping of spherical ice particles
Journal article, 2021

This paper presents experimental values for the coefficient of restitution (en) for millimeter-sized ice particles colliding with massive walls at different temperatures. Three different wall materials are tested: hardened glass, ice and Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) polymer. The results show a high sensitivity to impact velocity Vi, where en decreases rapidly with increasing Vi. The results also show a decrease in en with increasing temperature T. A novel model that predicts en based on the assumption of collisional melting and viscous damping caused by an increased premelted liquid-layer, is proposed. The model predicts both the velocity and the temperature trends seen in the experiments. The difference obtained in experiments between wall materials is also captured by the new model. A generalized regime map for ice particle collisions is proposed to combine the new model with previous work.

ice adhesion



particle impact

coefficient of restitution

surface melting


Tobias Eidevåg

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology

Volvo Cars

Erik S Thomson

University of Gothenburg

Sofia Sollén

Luleå University of Technology

Johan Casselgren

Luleå University of Technology

Anders Rasmuson

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology

Powder Technology

0032-5910 (ISSN) 1873-328X (eISSN)

Vol. 383 318-327

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VINNOVA (2017-03029), 2018-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.

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