Can changes in deformation regimes be inferred from crystallographic preferred orientations in polar ice?

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Creep due to ice flow is generally thought to be the main cause for the formation of crystallographic preferred orientations (CPOs) in polycrystalline anisotropic ice. However, linking the development of CPOs to the ice flow history requires a proper understanding of the ice aggregate's microstructural response to flow transitions. In this contribution the influence of ice deformation history on the CPO development is investigated by means of full-field numerical simulations at the microscale. We simulate the CPO evolution of polycrystalline ice under combinations of two consecutive deformation events up to high strain, using the code VPFFT (visco-plastic fast Fourier transform algorithm) within ELLE. A volume of ice is first deformed under coaxial boundary conditions, which results in a CPO. The sample is then subjected to different boundary conditions (coaxial or non-coaxial) in order to observe how the deformation regime switch impacts the CPO. The model results indicate that the second flow event tends to destroy the first, inherited fabric with a range of transitional fabrics. However, the transition is slow when crystallographic axes are critically oriented with respect to the second imposed regime. Therefore, interpretations of past deformation events from observed CPOs must be carried out with caution, particularly in areas with complex deformation histories.

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Peer-reviewed, Web of Science / Scopus
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DOI 10.5194/TC-16-2009-2022

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Llorens, M. G. , Griera, A. , Bons, P. D. , Weikusat, I. , Prior, D. J. , Gomez-Rivas, E. , de Riese, T. , Jimenez-Munt, I. , García-Castellanos, D. and Lebensohn, R. A. (2022): Can changes in deformation regimes be inferred from crystallographic preferred orientations in polar ice? , The Cryosphere, 16 (5), pp. 2009-2024 . doi: 10.5194/TC-16-2009-2022

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