Sieved mass and shape data from simulated fluvial transport of icy clasts in the Titan Tumbler

Anthony D. Maue, Joseph S. Levy, Devon M. Burr, Patrick R. Matulka, Erica Nathan

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Data in this article are related to the research article “Rapid rounding of icy clasts during simulated fluvial transport in the Titan Tumbler”. Whereas that research focused on low-temperature ice abrasion in the context of Saturn's moon Titan, the full dataset on experiments testing the breakdown of water ice under a variety of tested conditions is reported in this article. Following the work of previous terrestrial studies, these experiments utilize tumblers that produce collisions to simulate some aspects of mechanical weathering during fluvial transport. Data files publicly available on Mendeley Data include measures of mass and roundness of clasts of specific grain sizes as well as raw images, videos, and the MATLAB script used for analysis. In this article, the varying conditions of temperature, initial clast size, shape, ice type, number of clasts for each of the 42 experiments are reported, along with best-fit models of abrasion typically applied in terrestrial tumbler studies. This text describes the methodology, including the development of icy clasts, operation of the tumblers, measurement of clast properties, calculation of derived parameters, and application of abrasion models. Exploration of various approaches to tumbler development and data acquisition are reported to benefit future researchers in this area. Experiments on the abrasion of different materials benefit from cross-comparison, which is also a fundamental aspect of planetary science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107815
JournalData in Brief
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Cryogenics
  • Downstream fining
  • Fluvial abrasion
  • Geoscience
  • Ices
  • Planetary surface processes
  • Titan
  • Tumbling barrel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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