Fractal dimension of cracks found in drying sludge

Laura J. Steinberg, P. Aarne Vesilind

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Fractal geometry has proven successful in describing patterns formed by many natural phenomena; in this paper fractal geometry is applied to crack patterns formed in alum sludge drying on sand beds. Coastline-like fractal dimensions derived from photographs of drying sludge in laboratory and field tests are calculated and found to be between 1.00 and 1.22.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-147
Number of pages8
JournalNational Conference on Environmental Engineering
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1990 Specialty Conference - Arlington, VA, USA
Duration: Jul 8 1990Jul 11 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Engineering


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