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CARD is a medium- to long-term research & development initiative in collaboration with industry, dedicated to responsible, cost-effective hydrocarbon development in Arctic regions.

Research topics

Key research topics for CARD’s Ice Mechanics Team include:

Modeling Ice Management (Dr. Martin Richard with Dr. Richard McKenna)

Ice Management (IM) has an important role in enabling vessel movement through heavy ice conditions and in reducing the likelihood and severity of ice-structure interactions for floating systems. CARD has launched a new project aimed at enhancing IM capability. The three initial tasks are (i) development of an icebreaking and management model, (ii) studies of ice drift data and physical processes, and (iii) development of a discrete floe model. This model uses the Discrete Element Method (DEM) and accounts for the movement of a field of broken ice floes interacting together and with ice-breaking and production or drilling vessels.

It will be used to obtain ice loads on the vessel of interest, to investigate the performance of different IM methods, to develop decision-support tools for real-time operations and for training purposes.