Ice Interaction with Structures

  • M. P. Määttänen
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Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


Different mechanisms in various ice-structure interaction scenarios are described. Only bottom-founded structures are considered, and the aim is to give insight for ice forces design starting from the physical background. The effect of structural shape and size at the water-line, type of foundation, structural rigidity, mass and damping are related to ice type, properties, thickness, integrity and velocity, as well as to other environmental effects to result in typical ice-structure interaction modes. Ice failure can be visco-plastic yielding, crushing, shearing, bending or splitting. Structural response can be static or dynamic. Also the ice can exhibit dynamic response. A coupling of the dynamic response of the structure with the ice failure process may develop. After ice failure has occurred, the clearing mechanisms of broken ice are again dependent both on the structure and the ice.


Bridge Pier Scale Model Test Iceberg Impact Winter Navigation Reference Stress Method 
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  • M. P. Määttänen
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  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringHelsinki University of TechnologyEspooFinland

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