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- cp is the specific heat,
- ∆T is the temperature difference between phases,
- L is the latent heat of melting.
It is a dimensionless parameter that is useful in analyzing a Stefan problem. The parameter was developed from Josef Stefan's calculations of the rate of phase change of water into ice on the polar ice caps.