Maritime activities in ice bound areas increase demand for design of structures to withstand ice loads. A cumulative distribution with parameter α as a function of area is published in ISO19906 [1], based on analysis of multiple different discrete full scale rams from Jordaan [2] for application on design loads of discrete impacts. Taylor [3] performs a reanalysis including more full scale data, and taking into account the effect of exposure, presents design parameter curves α-area and x0-area. These are valuable, but are to be applied for design of discrete events, and can only be obtained from discrete event data. The objective of this paper is to describe and demonstrate a data processing method based on semi-continuous ice pressure data that can be applied not only for discrete events, but also for semi-continuous interaction. A finely meshed tactile sensor is applied. Jordaan’s [2] max event method is applied on a new definition of event, based on triggered sensels that are adjacent in time and space. The method is demonstrated on a model scale data set from Aalto University, and example design parameter curves are presented. Applying the developed method on full scale data, the results can be valuable for design of semi-continuous ice loads.

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