Statoil-RDC Ice Compressive Failure Mechanics Project (Dr. Ian Jordaan and Dr. Rocky Taylor)
This project aims to improve understanding of ice failure processes during compressive loading against a compliant structure. Laboratory-scale indentation tests have shown that structural compliance, interaction speed, temperature and indenter diameter all affect the interaction significantly. One important observation is that fairly regular vibrations can be induced in a structure during ice-interaction events. Further, this phenomenon is quite repeatable under certain test conditions, while it is more sporadic under others.
RDC Ignite Probabilistic Modeling of Spalling and High Pressure Zone Behaviour for Estimation of Iceberg Impact Loads (Dr. Rocky Taylor and Kashfi Habib)
This project is focused on improving understanding and modeling of ice fracture, high pressure zone (hpz) behaviour and ice loads during ice-structure interaction. Emphasis is placed on extending and validating probabilistic fracture mechanics models, as well as analyzing high-resolution pressure sensor data to establish links between hpzs, correlation structure and failure processes in the ice.