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Mathematical modelling of Tyndall star initiation

  • A. A. LACEY (a1), M. G. HENNESSY (a2), P. HARVEY (a3) and R. F. KATZ (a4)


The superheating that usually occurs when a solid is melted by volumetric heating can produce irregular solid–liquid interfaces. Such interfaces can be visualised in ice, where they are sometimes known as Tyndall stars. This paper describes some of the experimental observations of Tyndall stars and a mathematical model for the early stages of their evolution. The modelling is complicated by the strong crystalline anisotropy, which results in an anisotropic kinetic undercooling at the interface; it leads to an interesting class of free boundary problems that treat the melt region as infinitesimally thin.



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Mathematical modelling of Tyndall star initiation

  • A. A. LACEY (a1), M. G. HENNESSY (a2), P. HARVEY (a3) and R. F. KATZ (a4)


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