Numerical Simulation for Subsea Ice Interaction Barriers to Energy Development (SIIBED)

The partner organization, C-CORE, conducts medium- and large-scale experiments on ice fracture. The goal is to estimate the mechanical loads involved in the interaction of icebergs and subsea cables/pipelines. While the ice fracture tests provide the most valuable data, numerical models may help estimate the loads at custom geometries and conditions the test apparatus cannot create. In some cases, numerical models can predict unexpected situations and guide future research. The current proposal suggests developing a custom finite element model for the estimation of loads during iceberg-cable interaction. The model will build upon the prior research into applying cohesive zones for fracture simulation.

Igor Gribanov
Faculty Supervisor: 
Rocky Taylor
Partner University: