Sea spray icing and its Impacts on assets operating in harsh environments

Sea spraying icing is one of the ongoing problems in offshore operations. It may cause hazards and operational problems for both supply vessels and offshore drilling units. It is well known that spray icing leads to instant heat loss, sudden temperature drop, and rapid ice accumulation. However, there is lack of knowledge about the mechanism of this effect. The intern will undertake a detailed study on spray icing mechanism and its effects based on historical record, past field experience, and laboratory tests. This work aims to develop a protocol to further test and validate sea spray icing mechanism and its effects on assets operating in cold regions. This project is valuable to improvement of understanding of sea spray icing and will be help for American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to develop effective strategies for prevention and mitigation of icing in their future practices.

This research project was undertaken and completed with a grant from and the financial assistance of Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Faisal Khan


Heri Sulistiyono


Petroleum Newfoundland & Labrador




Environmental industry


Memorial University of Newfoundland



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