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Question no. 4 in this document (there's a helpful picture, too):

A steel bar of rectangular cross section (height a and width b) is placed on a

block of ice (width c) with its ends extending a triﬂe as shown in the ﬁgure. A weight of mass m is hung from each end of the bar. The entire system is at T = 0° C. As a result of the pressure exerted by the bar, the ice melts beneath the bar and refreezes above the

bar. Heat is therefore liberated above the bar, conducted through the metal, and then absorbed by the ice beneath the bar. (We assume that this is the most important way in which heat reaches the ice immediately beneath the bar in order to melt it.) Find an approximate expression for the speed with which the bar sinks through the ice. Take the latent heat of fusion per gram of ice to bel, and the densities of ice and water to be ρi and ρw, respectively.

(a) Let’s say the bar sinks a distance ∆z in time ∆t. Calculate ∆U, the amount of energy

required for this to happen.

(b) The energy calculated in part (a) must pass through the bar via the process called

thermal conduction, described by the following equation

[tex]F=-\kappa\frac{\delta \tau}{\delta z}\approx -\kappa\frac{∆\tau}{a}[/tex]

Here F is the heat ﬂux, i.e. total energy crossing unit area per unit time, constant κ is

the coeﬃcient of thermal conductivity, and ∆τ is the diﬀerence between the temperatures

under and above the bar. Note that F is proportional to the negative of the gradient of

temperature (as expected, since heat ﬂows from high to low τ ). Use Eq. (1) and your result from part (a) to calculate the speed of the bar, v = dz/dt, as a function of ∆τ and other given quantities.

(c) Finally, eliminate ∆τ from your result in part (b) to obtain the ﬁnal expression for v:

[tex]v=\frac{2mg\kappa\tau}{abcl^2\rho_i}(\frac{1}{\rho_i}-\frac{1}{\rho_w})[/tex]

2. Relevant equations

The Clausius-Clapeyron equation:

[tex]\frac{\delta p}{\delta \tau}=\frac{l}{\tau ∆v},[/tex]

where v is the volume per unit mass, i.e., the inverse of the density.

3. The attempt at a solution

The answer to question a) is simply the change in potential energy of the bar divided by time, which is

[tex]\frac{∆U}{∆t}=-2mg\frac{∆z}{∆t}.[/tex]

Since the rate of energy transport through the steel bar is

[tex]\frac{F}{bc}=\frac{Q}{\delta t},[/tex]

where bc is the surface area of the bar, I think I should be able to set

[tex]\frac{Q}{\delta t}=\frac{∆U}{∆t}[/tex]

so that I now have

[tex]2mg\frac{∆z}{∆t}=\kappa\frac{∆\tau}{a}[/tex]

From here on I'm pretty lost, though. It seems to me that since ∆z/∆t is the speed, the factor 2mg will end up in the denominator instead of in the numerator. Also, I don't really know what to do with the Clausius-Clapeyron equation. I can see that the term ∆v will eventually give me the fractions of the densities that you can see in the final expression, but it also contains a pressure term that I'm not quite sure I understand. Would that be the difference in pressure between the ice and the water? If so, should I perhaps restate it in terms of energy and volume, i.e., ∆U/∆v?

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