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Estimation of Local Ice Pressure Using Up-Crossing Rate

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Chuanke Li, Rocky S. Taylor

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada

Ian J. Jordaan

C-CORE, St. John’s, NL, Canada

Paper No. OMAE2009-79396, pp. 71-78; 8 pages
  • ASME 2009 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; CFD and VIV
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 31–June 5, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4345-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3844-0
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Ice load estimation is required for offshore structures designed for arctic and sub-arctic conditions. This paper focuses on the estimation of local ice pressures. The ‘event-maximum’ method for local ice pressure analysis is based on the maximum pressure of a given event; other local peaks in the data are not included. To study how this may affect local ice pressure estimates, a method based on the up-crossing rate was developed. Field data from 1982 Polar Sea arctic trials in the Beaufort Sea are processed as a time series. Up-crossing rates at different local pressure levels are obtained for local areas of interest. A relationship between up-crossing rate and local pressure-area results is established. Results from the analysis of full-scale data using the event-maximum method are presented in a companion paper. For a sample case, local ice pressure estimates obtained using the up-crossing rate method are compared with those presented in the companion paper, based on analysis using the event-maximum method. The local pressure-area relationship is found to be similar for both the up-crossing rate method and the event-maximum method. Both methods and corresponding analysis results are compared.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Pressure , Ice



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