Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 07.09.2022 - 20.10.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and Exam 23h

    Independent work 64 h

    Project work 48h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course will take place on Sisu (