Topic outline



    This course focuses on sea ice loads on structures and on ice behavior in ice loading scenarios. The course provides the basic knowledge that is necessary for understanding ice loads on off-shore structures.
 The course includes lectures and exercises. 
The course is aimed for master's level students in mechanical and civil engineering, but all other students as welcome. The students are assumed to have prior knowledge on ice mechanics and basic knowledge on solid mechanics.

    Intended learning outcomes are as follows. After this course the student will understand the basic aspects of:

    • Mechanics related to ice induced loads in different loading scenarios: loads due to intact sea ice, loads due to ice ridges and ice rubble, ice breaking process and ice-induced vibration. 
    • Analytical and statistical models, and standards related to ice loads on off-shore structures and in ice breaking process. 
    • Basics of numerical modeling of ice loads on off-shore structures and in ice-breaking process. 
    • Full- and model-scale experimentation on ice induced loads.

    The study material for the course includes lecture notes and parts of the books: On Sea Ice (Weeks, W.F., 2010. University of Alaska Press) and Arctic Offshore Engineering (Palmer, A., Croasdale, K., 2012. World Scientific). You can find these as e-books from Aalto library pages. In addition, we will use scientific journal and conference articles, and some other material discussed and handed out during the course.