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3-Dimensional Numerical Simulation of Ship Motion in Pack Ice

[+] Author Affiliations
Dexin Zhan, David Molyneux

Oceanic Consulting Corporation, St. John’s, NL, Canada

Paper No. OMAE2012-83105, pp. 407-414; 8 pages
  • ASME 2012 31st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 6: Materials Technology; Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology Symposium
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 1–6, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4493-9
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


In OMAE2010, the authors presented a two dimensional numerical simulation for predicting ship maneuvering in pack ice. This paper is an expansion of this analysis to include a three dimensional numerical simulation for an arctic drill ship moving in pack ice (with ice concentration up to 90%) using a discrete element modeling program (DECICE3D) combined with a ship maneuvering code (SML). The mathematical models of ship motion, ice motion and ship-ice interaction are introduced in the paper. Ship motions of steady drift angle, turning about a turret, turning circle and zigzag maneuvers in pack ice are simulated. The results of the simulations are compared with experimental data or results of simulations for ice free conditions. A sensitive study for the effects of the mass damping term used in the equations of motion is conducted.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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