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Organisational unit Snow and Permafrost
Snow Physics
Address WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf

Room Da B 1 14
Contact Phone: +41 81 4170 257
Fax: +41 81 4170 110
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Education, degrees, and positions

MSc in physics at Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
1996-1998 PhD student at Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
1998-2000 PhD student at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
2000 PhD in physics
2000-2002 Assistant professor at Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
2002-2003 Post-Doctoral fellow at University of Nice, France
2003-2004 Post-Doctoral fellow at WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland
2004-2008 Research associate at SLF
2012- Research associate at SLF

Current research interest

1.   Simulation of the thermal and mechanical properties of snow on the continum and micro-structural level by finite and discrete element methods.
2.   Measuring and modeling the friction of snow in collaboration with industrial partners.

Selected publications

D.Szabó, G.Szeghy, M.Zrinyi

Shape Transition of Magnetic Field Sensitive Polymer Gels

Macromolecules 31, 6541-6548 (1998)


T.Mitsumata, K.Ikeda, J.P.Gong, Y.Osada, D.Szabó, M.Zrinyi

Magnetism and Compressive Modulus of Magnetic Fluid Containing Gels

Journal of Applied Physics 85, 8451-8455 (1999)


D.Szabó, I.Czakó-Nagy, M.Zrinyi, A.Vértes

Magnetic and Mössbauer Studies og Magnetite Loaded Polyvynilalcohol Hydrogels

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 221, 166-172 (2000)


D.Szabó, S.Akiyoshi, T.Matsunaga, J.P.Gong, Y.Osada, M.Zrinyi

Spreading of liquids on gel surfaces

Journal of Chemical Physics 113, 8253-8259 (2000)


M.Zrinyi, D.Szabó

Muscular Contraction Mimiced By Magnetic Gels

Progress in Liquid Physics II, 238-246 (2000)


D.Szabó, M.Zrinyi

Nonhomogeneous, non-linear deformation of polymer gels swollen by magneto-rheological suspesions

International Journal of Modern Physics B 16, 2616-2621 (2002)


E.Coquelle, G.Bossis, D.Szabó, F.Giulieri

Micromechanical analysis of an elastomer filled with particles organized in chain-like structures

Journal of Material Science 41, 5941-5953 (2004)


L.Bäurle, D.Szabó, M.Fauve, N.D.Spencer

Sliding friction of polyethylene on ice: tribometer measurements

Tribology Letters 24, 77-84 (2006)


L.Bäurle, U.Kämpfer, D.Szabó, N.D.Spencer

Sliding friction of polyethylene on snow and ice: contact area and modeling

Cold regions Science and Technology 47, 276-289 (2007)


D.Szabó, M.Schneebeli

Sub-second sintering of ice

Applied Physics Letters 90, 151916 (2007)


T.Theile, D.Szabó, A.Lüthi, H.Rhyner, M.Schneebeli

Mechanics of the Ski-Snow Contact

Tribology Letters 36, 223-231 (2009)


E.Seta, T.Nakai, M.Heggli, M.Jaggi, H.Löwe, M.Schneebeli, D.Szabó

Prediction of tire traction on a compacted snow road

Physics and Chemistry of Ice 45, 2010-2012 (2011)