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ˌri dʒəˈleɪ ʃənrege·la·tion

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  1. regelation(Noun)

    The fusion of two pieces of ice by pressure (which lowers its freezing point)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regelation(noun)

    the act or process of freezing anew, or together,as two pieces of ice

    Etymology: [Pref. re- + L. gelatio a freezing.]


  1. Regelation

    Regelation is the phenomenon of melting under pressure and freezing again when the pressure is reduced. Many sources state that regelation can be demonstrated by looping a fine wire around a block of ice, with a heavy weight attached to it. The pressure exerted on the ice slowly melts it locally, permitting the wire to pass through the entire block. The wire's track will refill as soon as pressure is relieved, so the ice block will remain solid even after wire passes completely through. This experiment is possible for ice at −10 °C or cooler, and while essentially valid, the details of the process by which the wire passes through the ice are complex. The phenomenon works best with high thermal conductivity materials such as copper, since latent heat of fusion from the top side needs to be transferred to the lower side to supply latent heat of melting. If 1 mm diameter wire is used, over an ice cube 50 mm wide, the area the force is exerted on is 50 mm². This is 50×10^−6 m². Force equals pressure multiplied by area. If at least 500 atm is required to melt the ice, a force of = 2500 N is required, a force roughly equal to the weight of 250 kg on Earth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Regelation

    rē-jē-lā′shun, n. the act of freezing anew.—v.i. Rē′gelāte, to freeze together. [L. re-, again, gelāre, to freeze.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regelation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regelation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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