Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student will remember and understand the basic aspects of:

1               Occurrence, formation and structure of sea ice,

2               Different types of ice,

3               Mechanical properties, failure, and modeling of sea ice as a material,

4               Crushing and contact of ice with structures,

5               Properties, deformation and strength of sea ice sheets / fields,

6               Bearing capacity of ice.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 22.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jukka Tuhkuri

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jukka Tuhkuri

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    An introductory course on ice mechanics. No prior knowledge on ice mechanics, but basic knowledge on solid mechanics is assumed. The course concentrates on sea ice mechanics and provides knowledge necessary for understanding key problems in ice engineering, especially ice loads on ships and marine structures. The course includes lectures and a project work. The course is aimed for master's level students in mechanical and civil engineering, but all other students as welcome as well.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The examination and the project work are graded.  The course grade is based on the exam, the project work and activity during lectures.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and Exam 23h

    Independent work 64 h

    Project work 48h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes, parts of the book Weeks, W.F. 2010. On Sea Ice. University of Alaska Press, papers and other material discussed during the course

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kul-49.440 Ice Mechanics

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic knowledge on solid mechanics.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action



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