The aim of the project is to develop validated practical tools that will permit the safe design and assessment of ships and offshore structures for arctic conditions. To do this we are beginning with an extensive set of laboratory experiments covering ice crushing, structural response to ice loads and the hydrodynamics of ice blocks. These tests will then be used to validate high performance computer (HPC) models. The HPC models, developed on several software platforms, will then be used to model and examine full-scale ice loading scenarios on both ships and structures. With the experience and results from these HPC scenario simulations, the third part of the project will be to create simple and robust design/assessment tools that can be used by industry.
The results of the individual phases of the project will combine to support and verify the other phases. A significant number of individuals will gain new knowledge and experience in the issues, challenges and methods to permit sustainable projects in the arctic offshore.