Although the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference was hosted in summer, the team here at the 18th AFMC website are proud to have Snowcentral as a primary sponsor.
The lack of fluidity in compacted snow is intriguing and there has been a great deal of discussion surrounding this in the area of fluid mechanics for one reason; the avalanche. What first appears to be a solid mass quickly changes its density to become a fluid object with similar properties outlined in basic hydrodynamics.
Although avalanches are usually the last thing you want to see while snowboarding, the team at the 18AFMC website are deeply interested in the basic properties and mechanics of snow. Snow mechanics relates to kinematics, dynamics and energetics of snow across all the various formations and types. As more and more skiers and snowboarders start heading to the backcountry, it is important for these extreme sportsmen to have a sound understanding of how snow crystals fall, form, and bond in order to be able to judge snow density and its bonding layers. This helps them to formulate a hypothesis of whether the snow is likely to avalanche and enter a fluid state.
The team at Snowcentral has been supplying Australia with high quality avalanche ski jackets for over 20 years. Their commitment to backcountry skiing and snowboarding is evident both in store and on their website. They don’t just specialise in backcountry snowboarding equipment either. There is a huge range of ski gloves, helmets, midlayers and all sorts of snow accessories you might need for your nest trip to the mountain.
Even though the physics of an avalanche is not on the agenda for the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, it is a hot topic with the 18AFMC website community as we are always looking for the best snow equipment available when we are heading into un-patrolled parts of the mountain.
If you need help with any sort of ski gear or snowboard gear, you can contact Snowcentral via their website, or pop in and see them at the conference as they will have a few representatives visiting Launceston between the 3rd and 7th of December.