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.


  • Can describe physical scaling approaches and their role in model-scale testing, and can apply one scaling approach in model scale tests in ice
  • Can describe the requirements and possibilities to model different ice conditions in ice model basins, and the effects of ice properties on the measurements
  • Can discuss the limitations of up-scaling model-scale test results and challenges in model testing
  • Is aware of basic measurement technologies, and can explain one measurement system setup and its impact on the experimental outcomes
  • Has demonstrated the ability to plan and conduct a model-scale experiment in ice, and the ability to process and analyze the measured data

Credits: 5

Schedule: 23.10.2023 - 27.11.2023

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:

    The course introduces students to model-scale testing in ice. The students learn about scaling methods, and apply one scaling method in practice. During the course, the participants plan and conduct model-scale experiments in ice with a ship or an offshore structure in Aalto Ice Tank. After the experiments, the measurements are analyzed and the results are presented in a seminar and reported.

    The course is intended for students specialising in marine technology or arctic technology, but all students with a suitable background are welcome. MEC-E4003 Ice Mechanics is prerequisite for all the participants. The experiments are conducted in small groups. Each group can choose whether they conduct the experiments with a model of a ship or an offshore structure. Experiments with a ship model requires knowledge gained in MEC-E4001 Winter Navigation, while experiments with an offshore structure utilize content of MEC-E4002 Ice Loads on Structures.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assignment (group work, experiments in Aalto Ice Tank), Peer-evaluation, Seminar Presentation, Report

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and reading material: 15 h
    Instructed exercises: 6 h
    Experiments: 68 h (Planning 30 h, Execution 8 h,
    Processing and Analysis 30 h)
    Writing a report of the tests: 25 h
    Peer-evaluation: 10 h
    Presentation of the test results (Seminar): 10 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course will take place on Sisu (