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Abstract

Homogeneous ice nucleation in supercooled water is studied with the classical nucleation theory (CNT). The nucleated ice particles are assumed to possess physical properties of metastable cubic ice. The comparison with literature data on homogeneous ice nucleation rates shows a good agreement between CNT predictions and experimental nucleation rates. The CNT predicted nucleation rate, critical cluster radius, and critical nucleation work are parametrized for use in numerical simulations of the freezing process of supercooled water droplets. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)