Eleanor Bailey, Ph.D.
Researcher, Ice Mechanics
Dr. Eleanor Bailey joined CARD in September 2011 as part of the Ice Mechanics Group. She holds a Ph.D. in ice mechanics and thermodynamics from the University College of London (2011). Her research focused on the rate of consolidation of rafted sea ice features and the physical and mechanical properties of rafted sea ice at various stages of consolidation. This involved mathematical and numerical modeling, experimental work in the cold room laboratory, large-scale ice tank experiments in the HSVA (Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH: Hamburg Ship Model Basin) and field work in the Caspian Sea in conjunction with AgipKCO.
Since joining CARD Dr. Bailey has focused on the thermo-mechanical properties of sea ice ridges, paying particular attention to the effects of sintering/bonding on the strength of an ice keel. She is currently conducting a series tests in the National Research Council (NRC) cold room facilities in St. John’s to investigate the implications of high confining pressure on the strength of inter-block bonds. This has implications for grounded ice keels, where the rubble can be compacted in the seabed, thus enhancing contact area and pressure between adjacent ice blocks. Much of this work will be implemented into the Development of Ice Ridge Keel Strength (DIRKS) experimental program, initiated in early 2013, and the Mechanics of Ice Rubble (MIR) project, initiated in early 2014.