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Growth kinetics and morphology of snowflakes in supersaturated atmosphere using a three-dimensional phase-field model

Demange, G.; Zapolsky, H.; Patte, R.; Brunel, M.

Physical Review e 96(2-1): 022803


ISSN/ISBN: 2470-0045
PMID: 28950463
DOI: 10.1103/physreve.96.022803
Accession: 059782035

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Simulating ice crystal growth is a major issue for meteorology and aircraft safety. Yet, very few models currently succeed in reproducing correctly the diversity of snow crystal forms, and link the model parameters to thermodynamic quantities. Here, we demonstrate that the new three-dimensional phase-field model developed in Demange et al. [npj Comput. Mater. 3, 1 (2017)2057-396010.1038/s41524-017-0015-1] is capable of reproducing properly the morphology and growth kinetics of snowflakes in supersaturated atmosphere. Aside from that, we show that the growth dynamics of snow crystals satisfies the selection theory, consistently with previous experimental observations. Finally, we link the parameters of the phase-field model to atmospheric parameters.

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