The influence of floating ice on the dynamic behavior of ships and offshore structures depends on many factors such as ice thickness and its relative speed with respect to the floating structure. The ice resistance to ship motion forms an essential problem in ship design and navigation. Furthermore, local or global ice loads acting on ocean systems are random and nonsmooth when impact interaction takes place. Impact loads on the bow of a ship navigating in solid ice may be modeled by a Poisson law. The measured stress amplitudes on the ship frame at the bow follow an exponential distribution. The nonhomogeneity and difference in ice microstructure, as well as the influence of salt and temperature, result in a great uncertainty in the ice strength. Therefore, the current review article aims at assessing the ice related problems encountered by offshore structures as well as by ships during their navigation. It also discusses the impacts of local and global ice loads on floating structures and reviews their existing probabilistic models. Moreover, this article covers the dynamic interaction of ice with flexible and rigid structures, and ships. In view of ice loads on marine systems, new design regulations have been introduced by international organizations that are involved in the design and building of ships as well as offshore structures. The ship stochastic stability and the first-passage roll stabilization problem associated with random ocean waves will also be described in an attempt to stimulate future research work dealing with ice impact loads. Moreover, due to the lack of research activities addressing the control problem of ships operating in icy waters, the current article will briefly discuss passive and active control schemes developed for controlling the ship roll motion. There are 529 references cited in this review article.
One of the major goals of the Navy, the Coast Guard, and ship builders is to enhance the capability of their ships in handling extreme environmental conditions. Ships operating in icy waters have to endure additional ice-induced loads on their propulsion systems and appendages. In addition, cold temperatures may reduce the effectiveness of numerous components of the ship, ranging from deck machinery and emergency equipment to sea suctions. Similarly, ice forces may damage structures and shore lines (1).
It is important to measure actual ice loads on wide structures (2) and impact loads induced by wave slamming. Most of the studies reported in the literature have dealt with ice loads on offshore structures (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14). The surface areas where ice can grip have to be reduced in order to protect docks from ice forces. This can be done by using piles that are narrow at the water surface, by increasing the span of the deck joists in order to reduce the number of required piles, or by using piles that are very strong and narrow.
Ships operating at low temperatures are prone to icing, which results in shifting their center of gravity, thus causing a decreased initial static stability. These represent dangerous conditions under which a vessel may operate. In particular, extreme latitudes are often associated with steep waves, extreme winds, and possible floating pieces of ice.
One way to alleviate the influence of ice in ship navigation is by holding ice in place or directing its growth and movement. Perham (15) and Kinosita (16) presented some studies to prevent the disaster related to frost heaving, avalanche, snow drifting, snow removal, snow on the roof, snow accretion on electric lines and roads, sea ice, and ice accretion on ships. Ice control such as chemical, electrical, and mechanical methods in navigable waters were addressed by Frankenstein and Hanamoto (17). Ice carried downstream by ship traffic causes operational problems in and around the lock areas, as well as in restricted channels. Mechanical ice control techniques include the ice boom, air curtain or screen, and icebreaking either by vessels or air cushion vehicle. An ice boom is a barrier made from floating pontoons or timbers held in place by chain or wire rope. An air screen releases large quantities of air at some depth, which induces a diverging current at the surface.
The most efficient means of ensuring navigation in ice is provided by an icebreaker. The latter is a ship designed for breaking the ice and used to escort ships. The basic design features, distinguishing the icebreaker from other types of ships, are mainly the special hull lines along with high local and overall hull strength. It is also driven by a powerful and highly maneuverable propulsion plant (about ), strong screws, and rudder(s). Kashtelyan et al. (18) presented a comprehensive account of the development and design of icebreakers.
Ice jam flooding causes severe damage and may be responsible for loss of life. An ice jam is a stationary accumulation of ice that restricts flow and can cause considerable increase in upstream water levels. At the same time, downstream water levels may drop. Types of ice jams include freeze-up jams, made primarily of frazil ice1; breakup jams, made primarily of fragmented ice pieces; and combinations of both (19).
Ice and cold weather conditions affect road vehicle performance due to the low friction and deformable surface material that affects vehicle traction, motion resistance, handling, and maneuvers. A fundamental understanding of both thermal and mechanical behaviors of snow and freezing/thawing ground in terms of friction and its impact on traction is difficult to quantify (20,21,22,23,24).
In a low temperature environment, the properties of structural materials experience significant variations, which affect the dynamic characteristics of ocean structures. Guidelines for ships operating in Arctic ice-covered waters “take into account that Arctic conditions may include sea and glacial ice2 that can represent a serious structural hazard to all ships. This is the single most significant factor in Arctic operations.” (25). Structures in arctic regions, such as drilling platforms, foundation piles, bridge piers, and lighthouses, are subjected to violent sea waves and ice loading. Their safe engineering design requires knowledge of ice forces generated under dynamic loading conditions (26,27,28). A cable-moored platform subjected to a moving ice flow or field ice rubble experiences undesirable ice loads, which result in undesirable motions. The spectral analysis of recorded ice vibrations revealed a relationship between the period of vibrations and the scale of dynamic processes in a given glacier (29). The presented spectra of the ice-vibration seismic events display characteristic frequency maxima related to the scale of dynamic processes taking place within a given glacier.
This article presents an assessment of problems related to ice loads, ice impacts, and severe ocean environmental conditions experienced by offshore structures and encountered during navigation of ships. The effects of local and global ice loads and their impacts on ocean ships and structures along with their probabilistic models are discussed in the next section. The dynamic interactions of ice with flexible and rigid structures are covered in Sec. 3. The ice resistance to ship motions is essential to ship design and navigation. It is considered in Sec. 4. Subsequently, the vessel-icing problem is described in Sec. 5. Section 6 will address the stochastic stability and the first-passage problem of ships due to their interaction with random ocean waves. Due to the lack of research work that deals with the control of ships interacting with ice, passive and active control schemes used in controlling the roll ship motion are reviewed in Sec. 7. The article concludes by highlighting the main issues that were resolved in the literature and by addressing the important unresolved ones that need to be considered in future research work.
Ice Loads on Ships and Offshore Structures
The design of vessels and offshore structures requires the knowledge of maximum ice loads and pressures acting on these systems. Equally important is the knowledge of the frequency content of the load, which plays an important role in the dynamic response of ocean systems. In order to understand the dynamic effects of ice on ships and structures, one should have a good background of ice mechanics and ice loads. Ice mechanics involves the mechanical, constitutive, and fracture properties of different forms of ice (30,31,32,33,34). Sea ice is composed of solid ice, brine, air, and solid salts. Details of the ice microstructure influence significantly its mechanical and physical properties. The brine, air, and solid salts are usually trapped at subgrain boundaries between mostly pure ice lattices. Typically, first-year sea ice has salinity in the range of 4–6% salt. This is much lower than the salinity of seawater (35%). The phase relationship of the ice with temperature is multifarious due to the various salts present in the ice. Several field studies (35,36,37,38,39) have been carried out to measure the properties of sea ice during the melt season. Timco and O’Brien (40) developed the relationship between the flexural strength of first-year sea ice and the brine volume of ice. The need for numerical methods (finite element, discrete element, finite difference) was discussed by Jordaan (41) in the light of the review of mechanics of ice, as well as the boundary conditions for the ice feature.
Sodhi and Morris (42) attributed the observed slight dependence of the frequency on pile diameter to the concept of multiple zones of failure described by Kry (43,44,45). It was assumed that the number of failure zones may be proportional to the pile diameter. Accordingly, as the number of failure zones increases, the likelihood of having a certain percentage of the zones failing simultaneously decreases. As the number of zones increases with the increasing pile diameter, the time between simultaneous failures exceeding the threshold percentage increases, thus causing reduction in the characteristic frequency. Similar observations of nonsimultaneous failure of ice made by Kry (43) were also reported by Glen and Blount (46). Croasdale (47) and Croasdale et al. (48) indicated that the fractures causing spalls tend to propagate to the free edges.
In view of the difficulty of duplicating the characteristics of ice in the field, the formulas for predicting ice loads based on laboratory experiments may not fit well with the actual ice forces measured at the site. Furthermore, the results of available formulas based on laboratory results, in situ experiments, or a combination of both, may produce significant differences due to the basis for the formulas (49).
Zufelt and Ettema (50) presented an extensive account of modeling procedures for ice properties. These properties include two-phase (liquid-solid) dynamics of ice motion and thermodynamic processes associated with ice growth and ice strength. It is not a simple task to fully simulate all processes together in one formulation. Instead, Zufelt and Ettema (50) classified the modeling in two categories: ice-transport (hydraulic) modeling and ice-load modeling. Hydraulic modeling includes similarity of water flow, ice movement, and ice accumulation. Ice-load modeling encompasses similitude of ice forces exerted during ice-structure or ice-ship interaction, ice strength, ice-piece movement around structures and hulls, friction between ice pieces, and ice-piece size.
The interaction force induced by the relative motion between an ice feature and an ocean structure or a vessel is limited by the force required to break the ice sheet. An ice sheet may fail against a ship in bending, buckling, crushing, or a combination of these failure modes. By crushing failure is meant ductile deformation or brittle failure of an ice feature while moving against a ship. Creep deformation of ice leads to simultaneous contact between an advancing ice sheet and a ship, whereas brittle crushing results from fracture and brittle flaking of ice and leads to nonsimultaneous or nonuniform contact across the width of a ship. Masterson et al. (51) observed that the ice behavior is characterized by plastic flow ductile failure during indentation at speeds lower than and by brittle failure above this speed. They found a velocity dependence of pressure in the medium scale in the range of indenter speeds from , with the highest pressure at . Jordaan and Xiao (52) analyzed the difference in tensile stresses adjacent to a high-pressure zone for two different rates of loading, taking into account the damage process.
Local and Global Ice Loads
Ice loads are measured either locally or globally. The line load (local) is estimated by dividing the measured global load by the width of the structure. On the other hand, the global pressure is determined by dividing the measured global load by the product of the width of the structure times the ice thickness. An accurate knowledge of ice forces that are generated during a continuous crushing action of an ice sheet, along with their frequency spectrum, is important in the design and dynamic analysis of ocean systems. Ice forces vary with time according to the resistance offered by the ice sheet. A typical cycle of ice force consists of a gradual increase in the ice force until the ice sheet breaks, at which time the ice force undergoes a sudden decrease due to the clearing of the crushed ice. A new cycle begins when a new contact with another undamaged ice sheet occurs. This cycle may cause the ocean structure to vibrate at its natural frequency, resulting in a complicated ice-structure interaction. Maximum ice forces on structures usually correspond to the ultimate strength of ice, occurring when the ice fails. However, the nonhomogeneity and difference in ice microstructure, as well as the influence of salt and temperature, result in a great uncertainty of ice strength.
The prediction of ice loads has been the subject of several studies. These studies proposed a power law to describe the rate-dependent behavior of ice (53,54,55,56). Based on the ice movement pattern with a continuous-velocity field, the total ice load was estimated with the bound theorem for creeping materials. The variation in the strain rate from point to point was taken into account. The fracture behavior of ice was considered by setting fracture limits on the strain rate in compression and tension and by modifying the energy dissipation terms in the zones in which the strain rates exceed those limits.
Johnston (57) reported some results pertaining to the variation of local ice pressure and its interaction with structures. Johnston and Timco (5) and Timco and Wright (8) found that the grounded ice rubble acted as a protective barrier, and the average global load was attenuated by more than 60% due to the presence of the rubble. Timco and Johnston (7) conducted site tests on ocean structures equipped with instruments to measure local and global loads. The structures were subjected to a wide variety of ice conditions that included sheets of first-year ice, pack ice floes (floating ice), second year ice, and multiyear ice in both large sheets and isolated floes. In many cases, especially for the structures placed in shallow waters, the ice is piled up in front of the structure, forming a large rubble field. In some cases, the rubble field was grounded on the seabed over a large area (designated as a grounded rubble field), whereas in other cases, only parts of the rubble field were grounded (grounded/floating rubble field). Figure1 shows the line load for the first-year sea ice as a function of the ice thickness. The figure reveals that the lower line loads are associated with conditions of a grounded rubble field or a grounded/floating rubble field. It is seen that there is a general increase in the line load with increasing ice thickness for events that do not include grounded rubble.
Figure2 shows the dependence of the global pressure on the ice thickness for all occasions in which global load information is available. Data from events with grounded rubble resulted in lower global pressure. Although there appears to be a trend of decreasing global pressure with increasing ice thickness, this trend is largely a result of the two highest pressures with -thick ice.
Offshore drilling platforms are usually supported by a multileg structure, which is usually subjected to extreme ice regime conditions. Kato and Sodhi (58) measured the ice forces that are generated during an ice action on two structures located side by side, resembling the legs of offshore structures. There is a trend of increasing load with increasing ice thickness. Other measurements of ice loading were reported by Blanchet and Keinonen (59). Ice loads on a large offshore structure for the Bohai Bay were evaluated by Lindolm et al. (60). The structure consists of five similar conical caissons located in a line. The global ice loads and the rubble formation were evaluated in model tests, and the local ice pressures and the dynamic ice-structure interaction were analytically treated. Danilenko et al. (61) conducted a sensitivity analysis of ice load acting on an ice-resistant structure to the contact failure mechanism using three-dimensional boundary element modeling. Full-scale tests of ice-structure interaction were conducted on three multileg jacket platforms in Bohai Sea (62). Dynamic responses of these structures were recorded continuously, the variations in ice force were measured by load panels, and the failure processes of ice acting on cones and cylindrical pile were observed by video cameras. For the structure with icebreaking cones, the ice sheet fails in bending, but the breaking frequency could coincide with the natural frequency of the structure at a fast ice speed and significant dynamic amplifying could be induced. For the cylindrical structure, two types of vibration are classed. Field observations revealed that sea ice can induce the offshore jacket structure to vibrate in resonance regardless of the fact that ice-breaking cones have been installed.
Riska et al. (63) introduced what is known as a “line load” in which the high-pressure zones are found more often near the center of the ice sheet. Johnston et al. (64,65) presented the results of measured ice loads on slender structures of a diameter ranging from . A number of light piers and navigation channels made in Canada, Finland, and Sweden were instrumented to provide a record of ice loads experienced throughout the winter season. Figure3 shows the dependence of the measured ice load on the loaded waterline width during interaction. This width is not necessarily identical to the width of the structure at the waterline since only a portion of the waterline width is loaded during the interaction. Note that Fig. 3 does not reveal any trend with the contact width. The measurements included (1) a JZ-20 circular cylinder leg of diameter of , with inclination, (2) a cook inlet pile circular cylinder of diameter of , (3) a Hondo structure semicircular of diameter of , with inclination, (4) a Pembridge structure circular cylinder of diameter of , (5) a V-shaped St. Regis of width of and inclination, (6) a V-shaped Rideau River structure of width of , (7) a Yamachiche structure circular cone of base diameter of , curve 1 structure of circular cone of base diameter of , and (8) an LL104 structure circular cone of diameter of . Figure4 shows the dependence of measured ice load on ice thickness for four different slender structures.
Bercha and Danys (66) included the effects of ice sheet in-plane forces and edge moments, as well as transverse loading, on conical structures. A range of results is then corroborated using a finite element simulator having certain refinements over the analytical approach, including a more precise specification of the end actions. Chao (67) presented an assessment to compare several representative prediction models with experimental measurements for global sheet ice forces on conical structures. Differences among the models were identified. Statistical measures of these models were provided so that the uncertainty or accuracy for each of the models can be quantified.
A series of fatigue experiments was carried out in the McMurdo Sound, Antarctica during the summer of 1992. The results presented by Haskell et al. (68) were in the form of a standard fatigue curve (with zero mean stress), which is “stress amplitude” versus “number of cycles to failure,” commonly known as an curve. The “endurance limit,” which is the stress below which the sea ice can withstand an unlimited number of cycles for sea ice in situ, was found approximately half the failure stress. Cole and Dempsey (69) presented selected results of in situ experimental investigations to study the fracture behavior of edge-notched square plate specimens of first-year ice and involved a detailed characterization of the physical properties and thermal state of the ice. Acoustic emissions, which were generated by microcracking, were monitored in the crack tip vicinity and provided insight regarding the size of the process zone. It was found that the viscous deformation rate estimated from the experiments exhibited an increasing power-law exponent with values between 1 and 3. Acoustic emission monitoring indicated that microcracking occurred in a process zone near the crack tip, and the size of the process zone increased with decreasing cyclic loading frequency.
Katsugari et al. (70) conducted a numerical simulation of a three-dimensional ice-structure interaction using distinct element methods and particle flow code (PFC-3D). The applicability of modified PFC to the simulation of failure mode of ice sheet was tested, and the results were compared with ice tank test data. Barker et al. (71) developed a hybrid Lagrangian–Eulerian model to evaluate ice loads on a -wide cylindrical pier. There was good agreement between field observations from similar structures and the hybrid model’s calculated values. In contrast, forces estimated from analytical formulas were much higher than those from the field measurements.
Ray (72) presented design and measured loads for various ice boom geometries. For the standard Douglas fir rectangular wooden booms, the measured peak line loads vary from ; typical design values reach . The recorded maximum line load for the huge rectangular steel boom at Beauharnois, Quebec was found to be . For the 1996/1997 season, Cowper et al. (73) reported a peak line load of on the steel pontoon Lake Erie boom and a maximum tension of in the chain connecting the monitored pontoon to the section cable. Cornett et al. (74,75) and Morse (76) measured the maximum loads at different sites of St. Lawrence River booms constructed of a cylindrical steel pontoon. Morse (77) presented the results of measured ice forces on three booms along the St. Lawrence River and analyzed the structure rupture events of various members. The time-history records revealed (during the consolidation period as the ice grows in area, thickness, and strength) that the load on the booms rises to a peak. Fourier analyses indicated that the flexibility of the ice boom structure filters out high frequency loads.
Indentation tests are usually conducted to measure the dependence of the applied force on the displacement. Some tests were conducted (78,79,80,81) to measure the total force and the displacement of the indenter. The reported measurements included local pressures on the faces of spherical and flat indenters. Time-history plots of the total force show the typical sawtooth pattern of gradually increasing force that suddenly decreases to a near zero value, and time-history plots of displacement show a step pattern of slow and fast movements of the indenter. Spencer and Masterson (82) found that the characteristic sawtooth load-time plots are caused by the ice-structure interaction and not by the hydraulic system. Plots of pressure at different points on the indenter revealed a nonuniform distribution of very high and low pressures, indicating nonsimultaneous ice crushing.
Meany et al. (83) studied the characteristics of the failure zone using medium-scale ice indentation tests conducted on Hobson’s Choice Ice Island during the spring of 1990. The study included measurements of crushed layer thickness, comparisons of density of ice within the crushed layer to that of the relatively undamaged regions, sieve analysis of ejected particles, and microstructural studies of damage and pressure melting. Swamidas et al. (84) conducted indentation experiments on freshwater ice and developed numerical models for ice damage together with a mechanical model of ice-induced vibration. Modeling of the damage process was used to estimate the thickness and equivalent viscosity of the crushed layer under various circumstances and also to demonstrate the change in pressure distributions at different stages in the loading cycle. Crushing was complicated by the presence of spalling as well as distributed damage. A simple mechanical model, including the structural and far field ice responses, was successfully used in simulating peak forces and the frequency of dynamic loading cycles in a variety of ice and loading conditions. Zou et al. (85) studied the role of fracture and spalling in ice-structure interaction. The most likely regions in which fractures would be initiated from flaws are shear zones with low confining pressure and tensile zones. Since flaws in ice are random in nature, a probabilistic modeling is necessary for the future study of ice fracture and spalling.
Small-scale indentation tests (see, e.g., Refs. 86,87,88 and medium-scale tests (89,90,91) revealed that a ductile to brittle transition zone occurs with changing indentation speed from low to high. Furthermore, the contact interface can be observed in detail for different speeds (88). The transition between failure modes due to temperature variations were discussed by Sodhi and Haehnel (92). Medium-scale field indentation tests (MSFITs) included physical properties of ice sheet and measurements of ice sheet deformation (Sakai et al. (93)). Li et al. (94) observed a layer of damaged ice near the contact zone of ice-structure interactions in small-scale, medium-scale, and full-scale tests. These tests revealed a pressure dependent process of damage. Microcracking and recrystallization were observed to be the main types of damage at low confining pressure levels with possible melting at asperities in cracks. Recrystallization and melting were the main types of damage under high confinements.
Kärnä et al. (95) conducted a series of indentation tests in which a compliant structure was pushed into an ice sheet with a nominally constant speed. The time evolution of the resultant ice force and the velocity response are shown in Fig.5. The dependence of these parameters on the displacement is also shown on the right-hand plots of Fig. 5. It is seen that the acceleration and the associated mass forces are very small when the global ice force approaches its peak value during a major loading phase. The response was characterized as quasistatic because a nearly static equilibrium exists between the internal and external forces acting on the structure at the events of maximum ice force.
At the events of major peak ice force shown in Fig. 5, the ice fails almost simultaneously in front of the structure, which will start to move forward against the ice edge. This transient vibration process is also termed “spring-back.” If the structure is stiff, the spring-back phase is often practically the same as the unloading phase. However, a compliant structure may continue its transient motion after a minimum load has been reached. In this case, the global ice force fluctuates at a low level. This force fluctuation is associated with nonsimultaneous ice failure. Figure 5 reveals an intermittent hysteretic loop appearing in the force-displacement diagram. This hysteresis takes place at the initial stage of a loading phase when the structure moves a little away from the ice edge.
Ice Impact Loads
Impact Loads on Offshore Structures and Ships
Ice impact loading can cause significant damage to offshore structures and ships. The impact arises when drifting ice sheets, ice floe, and icebergs are moving with considerable speed under the action of environmental conditions. When a fast-moving ice feature crushes against a narrow structure, the force of impact is irregular, random, and contains repetitive fluctuations. The possible interaction effects between the iceberg and waves as well as its interaction with offshore structures was discussed along with the hydrodynamic aspects involved in the analysis of wave-induced motions of icebergs (96). The results indicated that the surge and heave velocity of model icebergs, with a draft to water depth ratio of less than 0.1, can be greater than 0.8 times the water particle velocity when the iceberg horizontal dimension is less than 0.3 times the wavelength. The random fluctuation can be explained by random variations of ice properties as well as ice failure at random locations along the contact area (97). Vinogradov (98) described a methodology for simulating the nonstationary random process of the interaction of ice floes with a vessel. El-Tahan et al. (99) developed two different types of elastic impact models for the case of a moored semisubmersible subjected to bergy-bit (a large piece of floating glacier ice) impact. A considerable amount of research has been conducted to understand the process of impact damage initiation and growth along with the identification of impact governing parameters.
Cammaert and Muggeridge (97) classified the impact loads based on the ice feature.
- Ice floe impact loads (100,101,102,103,104). For a head-on collision, Kreider (101) estimated the peak force of ice impact by equating the floe kinetic energy and work done by the ice force. This force was described by the following formula:where is the ice thickness, is the ice mass density, is the structure radius, is the average ice-crushing pressure, is the ice floe radius, and is the floe speed. Guttman et al. (105) developed a finite element model, in which nonlinear elastic elements characterize the ice-structure interaction zone, and nonlinear elastoplastic elements comprise the foundation response.1
Iceberg impact loads were considered by Maes and Jordaan (106), who developed phenomenological models that describe the gradual dissipation of the initial transitional energy of the berg during ice crushing at the structure interface.
Powell et al. (107) studied the dynamic ice-structure impact for a large ice floe striking a tubular steel platform. The ice was modeled, taking into account strain rate effects. It was concluded that the static and dynamic results can generally not be correlated and, hence, that dynamic analysis was recommended. Mathematical models of ice feature impacts with an offshore platform or vessel include (i) head-on impacts when an iceberg has a single degree of freedom and an absolutely rigid noncompliant structure (100), (ii) more complex models taking into account the structure compliance and its local and global deformations (102,108,109,110), and (iii) eccentric impacts (111,112,113). Holthe (114) developed sophisticated computer-based models using a three-dimensional time-domain analysis of the coupled iceberg-platform system. These models took into account the iceberg’s six degrees of freedom, the structure compliance, and the interaction with soil (115). Isaacson (116,117) showed that due to the hydrodynamic interaction between an approaching ice feature and a fixed structure, the ice feature tends to deflect to the side and the head-on collision is rather infrequent. The microstructure of ice before and after impact was examined by Kurdyumov and Kheisin (118).
Bhat (119) studied the impact ice loading and the phenomenon of floe splitting as a consequence of initiation and propagation of radial cracks in the impacting floe. It was shown that the splitting load or the fracture limit load reaches its value relatively early in the radial crack propagation process. Subsequently, the crack can propagate dynamically, splitting the floe into pieces and, consequently, the load on the structure falls.
Simple models of impact ice feature on structures include the evaluation of the risk of exceedance of the initial translational energy of iceberg if probability distributions of iceberg mass, velocity, and size were given (106,120). The successful and safe operation of an Arctic offshore exploration structure depends on the implementation of alert procedures. A computer model was developed by Blanchet (121,122) to perform real-time calculations of engineering risks for each hazardous ice floe interacting with an offshore structure. Specifically, the risk associated with the exceedance of the foundation resistance, assuming that the ice floe will hit the structure, was used to evaluate the levels of alerts.
Eccentric Impact of an Ice Feature
The influence of impact eccentricity on the maximum ice load was addressed by Nevel (113), who developed an analytical solution for simple models of eccentric impact based on the assumption that rotation and displacements of an ice feature throughout the impact are small. It was assumed that the moment arm of the reaction force (the relative position of the contact point and center of mass) is constant. Johnson and Prodanovic (123) extended the work of Nevel (113) for the case of a circular iceberg experiencing an eccentric impact with a circular structure. They found that the impact load in eccentric collisions is approximately two times lower than the one under central impact. It was also indicated that a sufficient amount of the initial kinetic energy of the impacting body can be transferred to the kinetic energy of its rotational motion.
Another class of ice-structure interaction includes the eccentric impact of ice feature with a gravity-based structure (GBS) (112,124). GBS resist lateral loads solely by its large mass and the friction or shear developed at its base. It was demonstrated that the eccentricity of impact can yield up to 50% drop in the ice force compared to the central direct collisions. Duthinh and Marsden (125) developed a modified closed-form solution for the kinetic energy transformation in the case of eccentric impacts. They also presented numerical simulations for spherical and rectangular iceberg impacts against a cylindrical structure. Croasdale and Metge (126) considered the influence of a possible rotation of iceberg about the horizontal axis during impact.
Croasdale and Marcellus (127) described two stages during the interaction between a large ice feature and a structure. The first stage is characterized by a slowdown of the ice feature during which the structure absorbs its momentum. The force generated during this stage is known as the “limit-momentum load,” which is defined as the maximum load developed during the impact of an ice feature against a structure and occurs only when the ice feature is brought to a stop after the impact. Once the ice feature stopped moving, the surrounding pack ice continues to move against it. During this stage, the force generated reaches a limit value referred to as “limit-force load.” The limit-force load is governed mainly by the driving forces associated with the ridge-building pressures exerted on an ice feature in contact with a structure and the drag forces on the feature caused by currents and winds.
Coutermarsh et al. (128) performed a series of tests to measure the impact forces generated by free-floating ice beams striking a sloped structure. Four beam lengths and impact velocities were used with a fixed beam width and thickness. A coupled fluid/solid finite element program was developed to model the impulsive loads. The structure was modeled as a massless surface that can displace horizontally and vertically without rotation. The solid mechanics portion of the modeled ice is based on linear elastic beam theory including rotary inertia and a static fluid foundation. The numerical model was found to match the experimental peak impact forces to within 10–33% for the majority of the beam lengths. Improvements in the predictions could be realized by including a mechanism for energy loss from the beam to the supporting fluid. The results revealed that structural stiffness greatly affects the impact force in ice/structure interactions.
Matskevitch (129,130) developed linear and nonlinear models of ice-structure interaction under eccentric impact of an ice feature. Bass et al. (124) considered some basic effects of the impact eccentricity on the design ice load using a linearized analytical model. The ice-crushing force was considered to vary in proportion to the indentation depth. It was found that the proportion of the kinetic energy that was converted into rotational motion due to impact eccentricity does not exceed 25% in the case of frictionless contact. Furthermore, the eccentricity was found to reduce the maximum impact load in agreement with the results of Bass et al. (124) and Salvalggio and Rojansky (112). Matskevitch (130) extended the linearized analysis by considering the nonlinear dependence of the ice-crushing force on the penetration depth. The effect of impact eccentricity on the maximum ice load was found to decrease due to the nonlinearity of ice failure load.
Ice Impact Loads on Composite Structures
The basic morphology of impact damage, its development, and the parameters affecting its initiation, growth, and final size are well documented by Abrate (131). Ship hulls made of composite materials that are subjected to repeated ice impacts can experience damage consisting of delamination, matrix cracking, and fiber failure. Delamination is the debonding between adjacent laminas. It significantly reduces the strength of the laminate. Furthermore, it was reported that the delamination area increases linearly with the kinetic energy of ice impacting the ship hull.
One must distinguish between the impact of metal projectiles and the ice impact on structures made of composite materials. This difference arises mainly due to the complex material behavior exhibited by the ice, which is very different from metal projectiles conventionally used in impact studies. For this reason, one should understand the complex behavior of ice, which exhibits a strong strain rate dependency. For example, Schulson (132,133,134) and Batto and Schulson (135) described a ductile to brittle transition of the ice mechanical behavior when the rate of strain is increased from low to high. Other studies revealed that the axial compression strength of ice increases with strain rate (136,137,138). Mellor (136) found that the measured tensile strength is much lower than the compressive strength at strain rates greater than . It was found that the compressive strength of ice increases dramatically as the temperature decreases from (132). Under impact conditions, Schroeder and McMaster (139) measured the adiabatic shock (pressure-volume relationship) of ice and found that an extremely large pressure of is required to cause a phase change from solid to liquid states. Ice impact also differs from water hydrodynamic impact. Ice impact is associated with solid-body impact phenomena since ice has significant elastic stiffness ( Young’s modulus) and compressive failure strength , as reported in Refs. 30,136,140,141.
The hail-ice impact event that occurred in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 1995 caused significant damage to composite and metal parts of over 100 aircraft parked outdoors (142). Impact on composite structures has been reviewed by Abrate (131,143,144). The impact was classified into the low-velocity and high-velocity regimes. Jackson and Poe (145) analytically studied the transition between high- and low-velocity impacts and highlighted the dramatic differences between the two velocity regimes. It was concluded that the peak force developed during impact is a key parameter in evaluating delamination formation.
Singh et al. (146) measured the force generated by ice impacts using a dynamic measurement device. Pan and Render (147) examined the nonstructural aspects of ice ingestion into turbofan engines. Experimental and numerical studies on high-velocity impact of spherical-shaped ice on thin carbon/epoxy panels were reported in the literature (148,149,150,151). It was found that the measured peak force is linearly proportional to the projectile kinetic energy regardless of the projectile size. For example, Fig.6 shows the dependence of the peak force on the projectile kinetic energy for tests conducted using different sizes of ice spheres (layered and monolithic compositions). It is seen that all measured points establish a linear relationship between the peak force and kinetic energy. However, for monolithic ice, at higher kinetic energy the maximum force assumed values below the linear relationship. The kinetic energy at which failure initiates (referred to as the failure threshold energy (FTE)) was found to be also linearly proportional to the panel thickness. Impact at kinetic energies exceeding the FTE was found to result in a multiplicity of damage modes. Figure7 shows time-history records of the impact force of two tests conducted at two different speeds using a layered spherical ball of ice of diameter of .
The simulation of a ship bow impact with growlers (floating glacial ice masses) was conducted by Gagnon et al. (152) and Gagnon (153). They measured the loads and pressures from impact experiments of a large impactor against free-floating pieces of growlers. Figure8 shows the time-history record for a typical test at an impactor speed of with the impact plate at . Figure9 shows the dependence of the growler peak load on the impactor speed for three growler orientations (south direction is perpendicular to the impactor frame, west is along the impactor frame, and southwest is between south and west). It is seen that the average value of the impact load is linearly dependent on the impact speed. This observation is contrary to the one reported by Kim (149) and Kim et al. (151) that the peak force is linearly proportional to the square of the impact speed (kinetic energy). However, the two results are valid because the linear dependence on the speed is taken only for low values of impact speed, while the linear dependence on the square of speed is valid for high values of impact speed.
Probabilistic Modeling and Uncertainties of Ice Loads
55% of the time, the structure experienced no load (open water or no ice movement).
31% of the time, the ice failed in a mixed mode.
9% of the time, the ice failed in creep.
4% of the time, the ice failed in flexure (ice/rubble interaction).
1% of the time, the ice failed in crushing.
Different probabilistic models of high-pressure zones based on the idealization of the high-pressure zones as point loads were developed (64,158,159,160,161). A spatial Poisson process was adopted to model the random number of point loads on a design area, with the size of each load being a random variable. Winkler and Reece (162) used the probabilistic description of multiyear ice ridge loads for conical structures to compute ridge loads as a function of ridge ride-up force, floe driving force, and exposure to multiyear ice.
Full-scale experiments were conducted to measure local and global ice loads. The results showed randomness in ice forces and pressures acting on the structure (163). Local pressures are considered an important parameter in the design process. Thus, for the design of an offshore rig or a vessel capable of resisting ice forces with adequate reliability, it is necessary to determine ice forces, both global and local, using probabilistic methods. For example, the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) Standard S471 specifies exceedance probabilities for the annual maximum load. The measurements taken on board ships include experiments on CCGS Louis S. St. Laurent, the Cammer Kigoriak, the MV Arctic, the USCGC Polar Sea, the SS Manhattan, and the Oden, which are very valuable. These measurements were analyzed for probabilistic characterization by Carter et al. (164) and Fuglem and Jordaan (165). Figure13 shows a sample of measured results taken from two vessels. Figure 13a was taken from rams by the Polar Sea (166), while the corresponding probability of exceedance is shown in Figure 13b. This case does not reveal any evidence of flexural failure. Figures 13c,13d show the results for the Oden (167) in which flexure failures were evident.
The randomness of ice-induced loads was characterized in terms of probability distributions that were fitted to measured ice loads and stress levels. It was assumed that the number of load impacts on the bow of a ship navigating in solid ice, as a function of time, is distributed according to a Poisson law (173). The measured stress amplitudes on a frame at the bow were found to follow an exponential distribution. Extreme value statistics were applied to the short-term maximum ice-induced pressures measured on board the MS Igrim (174) and to daily maximum ice-induced pressures and stresses on plating and frames measured during the winter of 1978 at the bow of IB Sisu (175). Similar approaches were reported in Refs. 176,177,178,179,180. Varsta (181,182) studied theoretically and experimentally the dynamic bending of level ice. He developed a relation between load level and bow shape, ship’s speed, ice thickness, and ice flexural strength. Riska (183) introduced a new approach to calculate ice loads based on the idea of minimal ice pressure.
Carter et al. (164,184) and Fuglem et al. (185) indicated that the design load depends on the number of interactions per unit of time. The greater the number of interactions per unit of time, the further one has to approach the tail of the parent distribution because the design naturally concentrates on extreme values. In formulating the design values recommended by Fuglem et al. (111,186), Jordaan (187), and Brown et al. (188), it is important to distinguish the factors contributing to the number of interactions as opposed to those affecting the failure load itself.
Note that the penetration of a ship into ice by crushing continues until the ice breaks either due to macroscopic shearing or bending failure. With reference to Fig.14, the ice load increases as long as the crushing area increases before the occurrence of macroscopic bending or shear failure. The normal frame angle is an important parameter in the process and is a function of the waterline angle and frame angle of the hull area under consideration (181). Kujala (189) developed a statistical model (SM) to describe the ice failure process in ship-ice interaction. The parameters used in the model are level ice thickness, ship’s speed, ship’s hull shape, ice-crushing strength, and ice flexural strength. Figure15 illustrates the calculated load on a frame as a function of the normal frame angle with ice thickness as a parameter. Later, Kujala (190) determined the lifetime of maximum ice loads for ice-strengthened ships and obtained the dependence of load level on the main ship parameters and prevailing ice conditions.
Ice Load Uncertainties
It is well known that ice load predictions are subject to uncertainties. Bea (191) summarized the results taken from a CSA sponsored study of the uncertainties associated with extreme environmental loadings acting on offshore structures. The evaluations addressed loading effects that resulted from dynamic and nonlinear interactions of the structures. Loading uncertainties were organized and characterized into two categories: (1) inherent randomness (aleatory uncertainty) and (2) analytical variability (epistemic uncertainty). The study addressed the global ultimate limit state performance of three structures: (1) a concrete GBS located off the East coast of Canada (Hibernia), (2) a steel pile template located on the Scotian Shelf off Sable Island, and (3) a caisson retained island located in the Mackenzie Delta area of the Beaufort Sea (Amuligak). The results revealed that it was not possible to develop unambiguous characterizations of uncertainties. In many cases, major sources of uncertainty were not included in probabilistic characterizations. Because of the needs for design code information sensitivity and consistency in demonstrating compliance with target reliability goals, there is a need for well-organized and definitive evaluations of uncertainties in extreme environmental loadings and load effects.
In 1996, a study was undertaken to examine how international experts differed in their ice load predictions, to assess why these differences occurred, and to develop a process to help reach consensus on ice loads. The study involved 14 international groups and looked at ice load scenarios involving level and ridged first-year ice, multiyear ice, and driving forces. As expected, the study highlighted significant differences in ice loads as estimated by worldwide experts and organizations (192).
Wu et al. (193) described a reliability-based methodology that was developed for determining rational design ice loads on offshore structures. The methodology provides a systematic framework to account for type-I (aleatory) and type-II (epistemic) uncertainties in assessing global probabilistic ice hazards. Specifically, a logic-tree based approach is developed to model type-II uncertainties in the assessment of ice hazards. Although the method has a general applicability, Wu et al. (193) considered a wide, vertical-sided GBS in a dynamic annual ice environment. Their results from the reliability-based approach indicated that the modeling of type-II uncertainties plays a significant role in quantifying the ice hazards for determining the design ice load. The developed probabilistic methodology was found to have a broad applicability and can provide a rational framework for calculating design ice loads on other types of structures for arctic offshore development.
In closing this section, it is obvious that the ice loading is a nondeterministic process, nonsmooth due to impact interaction. In addition, its measurements involve several sources of uncertainties that make it imperative to utilize probabilistic description. These facts require further developments to establish phenomenological models that can be used in studying the ice load interaction with offshore structures and ships.
Design Considerations and Regulations
The design of ships and offshore structures should take into account the effect of ice loads. Ice load measurements conducted with vessels navigating in the Baltic were found to exceed several times the design loads. At the design load level, the structure may exhibit some plastic behavior, yet maintaining substantial reserve against actual collapse or rupture. Hakala (194) used the automatic dynamic incremental nonlinear analysis (ADINA) finite element method to study the nonlinear behavior of an ice-strengthened ship shell structure. The plastic limit load was determined using a calculated load-deflection curve. The results of the finite element analysis were compared with well-known formulas of plastic design and also with experimental results. Horrigmoe and Andersen (195) presented the results of a numerical investigation of ice-structure interaction based on finite element analysis. Their formulation included the effects of both material nonlinearities and large deformations. Results from numerical simulations were obtained for different aspect ratios and for varying indenter velocities.
Chiu et al. (196) and Wiernicki (197) applied the plastic theory to investigate the behavior of ship structure subject to ice loads. Refined design standards have been developed and reported by Daley (198). The design ice loads for the unified requirement for polar ships, developed by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) (199), are described by Daley (27,28,200,201). The IACS explicitly considers the load carrying capacity of structures in the plastic range (199). The Finnish-Swedish Ice Class Rules (FSICR) applied design standards for ice-strengthened vessels operating in Baltic Waters (202). The Finnish Maritime Administration (203,204,205) introduced guidelines for applying direct calculation approaches in the process of designing structures as an alternative to the FSICR. Classification societies have published guidelines describing direct calculation procedures using nonlinear finite element methods (206,207).
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and Lloyd’s Register (LR) initiated a joint project to develop a set of classification rules for the hull structure of oil tankers with a length greater than (208). Detailed procedures for evaluating alternative structural designs using nonlinear finite element method were outlined in ABS (209). ABS (207) issued a new set of guidelines on ice class, which provide direct calculation procedures for designing ice-strengthened vessels. They addressed three principal elements in ice strengthening design: alternative side structures, minimum propulsion power requirements, and strength of the propeller. The minimum required engine output power is determined from the following simple formula , where and are the efficiency of the propeller(s) and the resistance of the vessel, respectively. They can be determined from the tables in the Rules once the geometry of the vessel and propeller(s) are specified (210). is the diameter of the propeller(s).
Wang et al. (211) addressed the uncertainties associated with ice loads in the FSICR and the Finnish Maritime Administration (FMA) guidelines. They defined extreme ice loads and applied these loads on the side shell between supporting members in evaluating alternative designs using nonlinear finite element methods. An overview of a design procedure for the side structures of ice-strengthened tankers was given by Wang et al. (212,213).
Wang and Wiernicki (214) addressed some issues related to the design, repeated ice loads, and design of other structural components of oil tankers. Plastic deformation theory was used in design formulations for ice impact loads. Although ice strengthening design standards have accepted a certain level of permanent deformations to the side shell, the allowable permanent deformations were not explicitly identified. The latest advances in computer technology and computational software have made it possible to explicitly calculate the permanent deformations of structures, which form the basis for more rational designs. Industry needs have prompted the ABS to develop guidance notes on nonlinear finite element analysis of side structures subjected to ice loads. These notes have provided detailed instructions for structural modeling, material nonlinearity, ice loads, boundary conditions, and acceptance criteria. Wang et al. (215) performed a series of linear and nonlinear finite element methods to investigate the behavior of side stringers. Both the ice loads and the stringer thickness were varied in this study. The impact on the buckling and the ultimate strength of the side stringer were found to be more prominent in the vessel’s forebody region.
The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (216) developed and upgraded its rules on the basis of comprehensive research work as well as the requirements of international conventions and codes. Japan Ocean Industries Association (JOIA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have conducted extensive research projects dealing with the study of ice load acting on marine structures based on field studies, model tests, and refined finite element methods (217,218,219). Saeki et al. (220) outlined the development of ice load prediction methods and numerical simulation techniques for ice-structure interaction. They developed analytical simulation algorithms for ice-structure interactions concerning vertical and inclined structures. A numerical simulation of three-dimensional ice-structure interactions was carried out by Katsugari et al. (70) using distinct element methods and PFC-3D. The simulations of ice ride-up on upward and downward breaking were performed on a conical structure model.
Ice-structure interaction involves energy sharing in the form of structure oscillations and ice crushing. The ice crushing may result in negative damping that induces self-excited vibration. The concept of negative damping due to decreasing ice-crushing strength was realized by several investigators (156,221,222,223,224,225). Neill (226) suggested that ice tends to break into fragments of a certain size distribution, which, together with velocity, determines a frequency spectrum.
In studying ice interaction With offshore structures, Peyton (227,228,229) concluded that the frequency of ice force oscillations, although corresponding closely to the natural frequency of the platform, originated basically from the ice failure mechanism, and there was a great possibility for forced resonant oscillation of the structure. On the other hand, Blenkarn (221) gave a different view that the filtered response to random forces most likely contributed to a major part of the observed dynamic response of Cook Inlet structures. Eranti et al. (230) developed an analytical model for computing the ice force and the structural response on the basis of ice and structure properties as well as their combined properties. The computations were carried out in two phases: penetration leading to ice failure and free vibration of the structure until new contact is established between the ice and structure.
Eranti (231,232) developed a theoretical description of dynamic ice-structure interaction involving transverse and torsional vibrations. The analysis covered cases of continuous crushing against vertical structures as well as combined crushing and shearing against inclined structures. Matskevitch (233) presented the mathematical simulation of ice field action against a wide vertical-faced structure. When there is no adfreeze bond between the ice and the structure surface, ice can slip without friction along the structure. The analytical solution for a structure with a circular cross section was developed in Ref. 233. The cyclic ice loads formed in crushing failure when ice interacts with vertical compliant structures were investigated by Yue et al. (234) using full-scale structural tests. The results included three ice force modes: quasistatic, steady-state, and random vibration. It was demonstrated that with the change of ice speed, the loading rates of near field ice sheet can make ice fail in three forms including plastic failure, ductile-brittle transition failure, and brittle failure.
Horrigmoe and Andersen (195) presented a comprehensive numerical investigation of ice-structure interaction phenomena using the finite element method. The formulation included the effects of both material nonlinearities and large deformations. The numerical solution was based on a viscoplastic constitutive model for ice. In this model the elastic, creep, and plastic components of strain were additively combined. The constitutive model, which has been developed for general orthotropic (i.e., orthogonal anisotropic) materials, included a variety of creep laws and failure criteria.
Ice Interaction With Flexible Structures
The dynamic interaction between an ice feature and a stationary structure is governed by a number of factors, such as the constitutive behavior of the ice, the geometry and flexibility of the structure, the contact conditions of the ice-structure interface, the speed of the ice, and its spatial distribution. The early studies of ice interaction with flexible structures were experimentally conducted by Peyton (227,228,229,235,236). His results revealed that the measured response of the structure is greatly dependent on the ice floe. At relatively high velocities, the structure exhibits small-amplitude, high frequency vibrations about a constant mean value. At low ice velocities, the amplitude undergoes severe, low frequency variations between zero and a maximum level that is approximately double the high-velocity mean. The term ratcheting was given to this type of oscillation. Peyton concluded that the structure receives the most severe loading and acceleration when the ice floe has virtually stopped. Matlock et al. (237) developed a simple model consisting of a mass-spring-dashpot simulating a test pier subjected to a nearly sawtooth ice force. The teeth were uniformly spaced along the time axis, allowing a short time interval for zero ice force. Their numerical solution confirmed the experimental observations of Peyton (227).
Model tests conducted by Toyama et al. (238) observed the occurrence of sawtooth oscillations of relatively rigid structures under ice speed of . For flexible structures, the response was a nearly harmonic oscillation at a high ice speed of . The cycle of oscillation was associated with two ice regimes, namely, elastic ice deformation and ice crushing. They measured the dynamic magnification factor (DMF) defined by the ratio of the maximum structural displacement to static displacement of the structure under the action of the peak ice force. Figure16 shows the dependence of DMF on the ice sheet speed for different types of structures. Figure17 shows the dependence of the structure displacement on the ice sheet velocity for different values of ice sheet thickness.
Englebrektson (239) and Nordlund et al. (240) pointed out that all structures have a range of ratios between ice thickness and ice velocities that make them vulnerable to ice-induced vibration and possible simultaneous crushing. For example, the Molikpaq structure in the Canadian Beaufort Sea started to vibrate for a multilayer ice feature with a drift speed of (241).
Tsuchiya et al. (242) conducted experimental investigations to study the effects of the structure’s natural frequencies and strain rates on ice-structure interaction. They found that at low ice strain rates, a sawtooth oscillation predominates in both the ice force and the response of the structure, as shown in Fig.18a. Figure 18b displays time-history records of the ice force and structure response amplitude under a higher ice velocity of . It is seen that the ice force is random with a constant mean, while the structure response is a narrow band random process. Figure19 shows the dependence of the predominant structure’s natural frequency on the ice velocity. The frequency increases over the lowest range of the ice velocity; then, it asymptotically approaches the structure’s first mode natural frequency. Thus, the phenomenon of “locking in” takes place when the structure frequency coincides with the first mode natural frequency. Xu and Wang (243) and Wang and Xu (244) pointed out that a more reasonable description of the ice-induced vibration would be the effect of “frequency locking in” from the nonlinear periodic ice-crushing force and the structural response. The phenomenon displays a similar mechanism to that of the vortex-induced oscillation.
Other studies were conducted at low temperatures on fatigue crack propagation in offshore structural steel subjected to random ice loads (257,258). It was shown that the random ice-induced crack propagation behavior at either ambient or low temperature was different from constant amplitude loading. This is because cracks were propagating faster at low temperature than at ambient temperature.
Sodhi (259,260) observed a dynamic ice-structure interaction due to variable indentation rates during each cycle. Time-history plots of the interaction force took a “sawtooth” pattern. Each cycle of dynamic ice-structure interaction can be divided into the loading, ejection, and separation phases. The tactile sensor data on interfacial pressure exhibited the presence of ductile deformation of ice during the loading phase at low indentation speed and brittle failure of ice during the ejection phase at high indentation speed. Figure21 shows time-history plots of the interaction force and the structural deflection from two different tests, one with structure stiffness of and the other with .
Significant differences between the two interactions as a result of stiffness differences are shown in Fig. 21. For example, the structural deflections were larger in the second test than in the first one. Furthermore, the frequency of intermittent ductile and brittle crushing was higher in the first test than in the second. Though the failure load at the end of the loading phase is variable, the average of the peak values is approximately during both tests. The ratio of failure frequency and structural stiffness is 1.85 for the first test and 2.15 for the second. This difference was attributed to the presence and absence of a separation phase during transient vibrations at the end of each loading phase.
Analytical models of dynamic ice-structure interaction were developed in the literatures (see, e.g., Refs. 261,262,263,264,265). The model considered the crushing with extrusion phenomenon and included two degrees of freedom for the structure and one for the ice sheet. They proposed an indentation failure criterion for full-scale interactions based on a critical crack density. The results predicted lower failure stresses when the size of the structure was relatively large. The combination of microcracks and macrocracks, which occur during the ice-crushing process, was proposed as the primary cause of size effect for ice crushing. Liu et al. (266) developed a dynamic vibration model for ice-structure interaction. By introducing the broken length of the moving ice sheet, ice-structure interaction was divided into three phases: loading, extrusion, and separation. The dynamic equations of both structure and acting ice sheet and their solutions for each phase were presented, and some results were proposed for both structural designs against ice load and mitigation of ice-induced vibration.
Simple design rules do not provide reliable predictions of ice effects in dynamic interaction conditions. Määttänen (267) reported analytical, experimental, and numerical studies of ice-structure interaction for narrow structures. Kärnä and Trunen (268), Kärnä (269), and Kärnä and Järvinen (270) developed nonlinear models for compliant wide structures. Takeuchi and Saeki (271), Takeuchi et al. (272), and Kärnä et al. (95) considered both narrow and wide structures that have a vertical wall against the ice edge. The ice failure mode at any cross section of the ice edge was assumed to be flaking with ice crushing. Experiments have shown that ice failure occurs sometimes nonsimultaneously and sometimes simultaneously at different points of the ice edge. The change in the failure mode seems to depend on the velocity of the ice floe and on the compliance of the structure.
Discrete element modeling techniques were developed to study ice-structure interaction (273,274,275,276,277,278). The discrete element approaches developed in these studies had the capability of accommodating the transition from a continuum to a fragmented state through the application of relatively simple criteria. Selvadurai and Sepehr (279) developed a two-dimensional modeling and applied a discrete element procedure. The modeling took into account the influence of ice viscoplasticity and size dependency in the strength of the ice after fragmentation. It was found that the time-dependent evolution of average contact stress exhibits the characteristic “load accumulation–load shedding” feature observed during many ice-structure interaction phenomena.
Interaction With Offshore Structures
The interaction process of drifting ice fields with offshore structures can cause the structural oscillations. Bekker and Rudetsk (280,281) identified two modes: initial or transition and stable. The initial process is characterized with crushing of the ice sheet bond at the interface zone, penetration, and ice failure. The structural deflection can be monotonic or suddenly changed. The stable process is stochastic and depends on sea ice properties, ice velocity, geometry of structure, and transition process. The failure ice model accompanied with ice-structure interaction was numerically examined by Bekker (282). Later, Bekker et al. (283,284) developed a hybrid interaction model of system “ice plate–structure support.” At the interaction of a structure with an ice sheet, an indentation process takes place with the destruction of ice before a structure by cutting. The approach is based on the numerical modulation of the parameter distribution function of the ice regime and simulation of all possible ice cases characterized by random combination of input parameters. The results of numerical modulation and simulation of all design situations for the whole period of operation of the ice-resistant platform (IRP) establish the probable characteristics of ice loads and number of loading cycles. The numerical experiments for different structure sizes, as well as various directions of ice field impact, were carried out to study the efficiency of the designed model simulating the drifting ice fields/structure interaction. Results include the ice load distribution, number of loading cycles, and penetration time.
High dynamics of ice cover and its considerable thickness require a reliable design of offshore IRPs. Bekker et al. (285,286) proposed a model of mechanical interaction between ice and IRP. The model was based on a numerical simulation of the process when ice cover affects the structure. The proposed model determined those parameters of mechanical interaction between ice cover and a structure such as quantity of load cycles, time of penetration, depth of penetration, and regime of ice load to structure. Similar studies were considered by Makrygiannis et al. (287).
In regions such as the Alaskan and Canadian Beaufort Sea, the ice load is a governing design condition. However, in subarctic areas, such as Cook Inlet of Alaska, Bering Sea, Offshore Sakhalin, and Pohai Bay of China, the governing load is likely to be seismic for slender platforms, which have longer natural periods of vibration. Some of the studies have been done on ice-induced vibration problems of offshore lighthouses in the Gulf of Bothnia, off the coast of Finland. The earthquake response characteristic of offshore platforms in the presence of ice floes is somewhat different from this ice-induced vibration. The problem of nonlinear seismic dynamic responses of a large-scale offshore structure surrounded by thick ice was addressed by Miura and Wang (288). In modeling the system, a modified joint element was employed to simulate sliding phenomena at the interface between the soil and the structural base. Adashi et al. (289) studied dynamic ice-structure interaction by doing cyclic indentation tests in an ice model basin. They developed a formula suitable for investigating the seismic response of offshore platform, including floating. They also proposed a mathematical model of seismic response analysis. Yamauchi and Kamesaki (290,291) and Yamauchi et al. (292) studied the effects of surrounding ice sheets on the foundation design of GBS under the influence of earthquake ground motion represented by a sine wave. Extensive ice tank tests were performed to simulate an offshore structure placed in moving or nonmoving ice sheets. The test results showed that moving ice sheets affect foundation loads, and an interaction between structure and surrounding ice sheet may mitigate the foundation loads.
The interaction of ice masses with offshore structures is characterized by some physical processes described by Jordaan (171). Multilayer ice or icebergs can represent a hazard to offshore structures. The pressures within the areas, where compressive forces are transmitted from the structure to the ice, fluctuate considerably both in space and time, with most of the force concentrated intensely in regions known as “high-pressure zones.” The center of the high-pressure zone exhibits pressure softening (293,294). Within the high-pressure zones, the state of stress in the ice is triaxial, varying from low confinement near the edges to high values of contact pressure—up to in measurements—near the center. At lower pressures, found near the edges of the high-pressure zones, microfracturing accompanied by recrystallization occurs, whereas the central areas of high pressure contain highly recrystallized materials. At a certain load, the entire layer is softened and ejection of crushed ice occurs rapidly. The effects of time, temperature, and scale on the formation of high-pressure zones were studied by Dempsey et al. (295). For both simultaneous and nonsimultaneous contacts, the critical lengths of stable cracking that may occur prior to flaking and flexural failure were found to be strongly linked to the current level of specific pressure parameters.
The influence of ice forces on an offshore structure such as wind turbines was examined by many researchers (296,297,298,299,300,301,302,303). The stability of these structures due to ice loads is of particular interest. For example, Riska et al. (300) found that the structure response of a slender structure with ice was mildly chaotic. The response dynamics are usually affected by the chaotic ice failure, but dominated by the regular and linear dynamic properties of the structure (304). Another important aspect is the influence of the broken ice zone around these structures on the emergency evacuation. Timco et al. (305) documented the details of the rubble fields and rubble generation at a number of structure locations in the Beaufort Sea. Timco et al. (306) discussed the size of the broken ice zone around the Molikpaq structure over a range of ice conditions and the implications on emergency evacuation. They also summarized four different evacuation concepts that could be utilized from an offshore structure in ice-covered waters.
Compliant structures having vertical ice walls may suffer from very severe vibrations. Several theories have been proposed to predict these vibrations. However, physical details of this phenomenon are not fully understood. Kärnä et al. (307) addressed the problem of ice-induced vibration of offshore structures. Full-scale measurements made in the Bohai Bay indicated that conical structures may experience excessive vibrations caused by ice. Indentation tests were done at the ARCTEC laboratory at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin, Hamburg to clarify details of ice-induced vibration. Sheets of columnar grained saline ice were used in the tests. The parameters that were varied included the structure’s compliance and damping, indentation velocity, and the structural geometry at the waterline.
A two-dimensional finite difference numerical approach was developed by Choi and Rim (308) to study the design ice load and dynamic responses of a slender Arctic structure upon continuous ice movement. A simplified ice-structure interaction model for the system of a slender Arctic offshore structure and a drifting ice floe is proposed. The nonlinear interaction model incorporates the floating ice features, such as crushing strength, thickness, and incoming velocity of ice floes. Interaction forces were calculated using a modified Korzhavin’s equation, and a computer program based on a two-dimensional finite difference numerical scheme is developed.
Interaction With Lighthouse Structures
Ice interaction with lighthouse structures is governed by the structure fundamental frequency. In studying such interaction, dynamic ice action events often had to be filtered out at the measurement site (310). For example, ice load measurements conducted at the Norströmsgrund Lighthouse in the Gulf of Bothnia (Sweden) (311,312,313) and at the Canadian Confederated Bridge (314) consist of a large amount of unfiltered time records. The characteristic frequency time evolution, together with the applied global ice forces, was estimated by using a wavelet cross-correlation analysis (315). It was found that the excitations of the Norströmsgrund lighthouse by actions from ice floes are influenced by structural response with dominant frequencies in the same range of frequencies of the response.
Bjerkås (315) estimated the wavelet cross correlation between the measured local ice force and the corresponding acceleration of the lighthouse structure measured at above seabed. For a interval with continuously crushing ice with a drift speed of and a mean thickness of about , the local ice force and structure acceleration time record histories are shown in Figs.23a,23b, respectively, where the vertical axis in both plots is normalized. Figure 23c shows very slight variation of the ice thickness with time. Intervals with ice-induced vibrations were frequently observed when the ice drift speed went from a significant speed down to rest. Figure 23d shows a map of cross-wavelet coefficients. The horizontal axis displays time in seconds, while the vertical axis represents an equivalent Fourier period. The global cross-wavelet power is plotted on the right of the wavelet map. It is seen that an increase in the load level is triggered around with a distinct drop followed by an interval with almost steady-state vibrations. The cross-wavelet coefficient reflects a strong correlation for Fourier period slightly faster than . According to the calculations of Engelbrektson (316) and Björk (317), the fundamental frequency of the lighthouse was found to be close to and , respectively. This implies that the ice load most likely is locked in to a frequency in this range by the response of the structure. The global wavelet spectrum indicates that the most common energy is localized at slightly faster than .
Ice Interaction With Rigid Bodies
Ice interaction with rigid bodies, such as concrete blocks and rigid structures, is not associated with any significant elastic deformation. Luk (318) analytically studied the influence of an ice sheet on the dynamic characteristics of a cylindrical structure of a circular cross section under dynamic loading using two-dimensional wave theory. Williams and Vipulanandan (319) extended the work of Luk to the case of ice interaction with an isolated, vertical, and cylindrical structure of an elliptic cross section surrounded by an infinite ice sheet. It was found that the damping effects are dominant and ice-structure interaction may be approximated by a first-order dynamical system. Their results provided a measure of the resistance of ice sheet to the structure dynamic motion. Arockiasamy et al. (320) estimated the response of semisubmersible bodies to ice forces.
Chehayeb et al. (321) estimated the global and local pressures generated on a rigid, vertical surface during sea ice deformations in the creeping mode using finite element analysis. Numerical simulations were performed under plane stress conditions to assess the influence of interface adfreeze and friction on predicted pressures. A better understanding of the mechanics of ice has led to increased demands for improved computational methods. Current trends in ice mechanics relate principally to creep, global (tensile) fracture, as well as compression fracture (crushing). Suman (322) presented a method for estimating design loads imparted by a floating ice feature to the structure and predicted the behavior of the adfrozen ice plate and the invading ice feature.
Iyer and Kivisild (323) developed a general purpose dynamic finite difference model originally developed for the nuclear industry applications, damage considerations as applied to the fractured ice, and validation of the field tests for the ice cutting semisubmersible drilling vessel (ICSDV) concept. The results for forces and energy were found to be in good agreement with test results.
Friction-induced wear of concrete due to ice-concrete interaction has been the subject of experimental investigations (324,325,326). These studies revealed that wear was created due to the combination of two different mechanisms. The first is the general wear due to the progressive erosion of the cement paste and small aggregates by the flow of ice and wear particles along the surface. The second is the catastrophe wear due to a sudden ejection of aggregates from concrete surface after weakening of the cement paste-aggregate bond by general wear.
Sodhi and Morris (42) measured the generated ice forces by pushing rigid cylindrical structures of different diameters at different velocities through an ice sheet. Typical time-history records of ice force acting on a rigid cylinder of diameter of measured for four different values of velocity are shown in Fig.24. The dominant frequency of ice force variations, defined as the characteristic frequency, was determined from the frequency spectra of the force records. The characteristic frequency was found to increase with increasing velocity, as shown in Fig.25. The frequency plot with respect to the velocity-to-ice thickness ratio reveals a linear relationship, which implies that the average length of the damaged zone is proportional to the ice thickness. The average length of the damaged zone was found to be about one-third of the ice thickness. Furthermore, the effect of pile diameter on the characteristic frequency was difficult to ascertain for a velocity-to-ice thickness ratio greater than 1.5. The characteristic frequency during an interaction of the -diameter pile was lower than that of the -diameter pile for the same relative velocity. Thus, an increase in the velocity results in an increase in the characteristic frequency, while an increase in the pile diameter causes a decrease in the characteristic frequency.
The influence of interference effects on the dynamic forces experienced by the members of an array of rigid circular cylindrical structures, subjected to steady-state vibration while surrounded by a homogeneous, isotropic, and elastic ice medium of infinite extent was studied by Abul-Azm and Williams (327). Interference effects were estimated through the modified plane wave approach. Numerical results for two- and four-cylinder arrays indicated that interference effects may significantly alter the amplitude and phase of the reaction force experienced by the array members from that which they would each experience in isolation.
The main categories of structural response are a quasistatic response followed by the transient vibration, the steady-state vibration, and the random response to a wide-band stochastic excitation. Under these conditions, the ice crushes intermittently and causes transient vibrations, which decay before the next event of ice crushing.
The drifting ice field may occasionally induce steady-state vibration in the structure. This kind of response was measured frequently in the Baltic Sea (240,268). It was shown that if a steady-state vibration arises, the velocity of the structure at the waterline is approximately the same as the ice velocity (238,328,329,330). Kärnä et al. (331) considered a very stiff concrete cylinder pushed against sea ice at high speed. The measured time evolution of global force had a random character. The amplitudes of the force fluctuation were very small compared to the mean level of the force. Similar results were reported by Sodhi (332). Tests with segmented indenters show that random global forces occur in conditions where the local forces fluctuate nonsimultaneously in front of the structure (91,332,333,334).
Ice-Ship Interaction and Resistance to Ship Motion
The ship-ice interaction is a complex phenomenon in which interdependence exists between the ship response and the ice forces. The ship response is influenced by transient hydrodynamics, the elastic action of the ship, large motions of the ship, the ice interaction, and the presence of an ice cover. The ice failure process is, in turn, influenced by the ship response. While vessel motions and stability are of some interest, the main concerns are the total force on the bow and the stress distribution along the hull girder.
It has been recognized in the literature that there is a considerable variation in pressure across the compressive interface in ice-structure interaction (43,338). Improvements in the mechanism of icebreaking having an application to ship icebreakers, offshore drilling platforms, and other structures interacting with ice were reported by Vinogradov et al. (339). This resulted in a special lever mechanism for ship icebreakers or barrier structures for protecting drilling platforms. Consequently, the horizontal force, which the icebreaker creates or which acts on the structure, was found to be substantially reduced.
Mueller and Ettema (340) conducted an experimental investigation for studying the dynamic behavior of an icebreaker hull moving continuously through an ice sheet. The interaction of ice forces exerted against the hull and the hull’s pitching motion was studied on a 1:48-scale model hull of the USCGC “Polar Star” (WAGB10). The dynamic response of the model hull to ice breaking was used to establish the vertical component of the ice forces exerted against the hull and to evaluate the temporal variation of the hull’s buoyancy and pitching moment. Uto et al. (341) described the propulsive performance of PM Teshio in a continuous icebreaking mode. Analytical methods to predict the icebreaking performance of a vessel are not reliable, and it is imperative to conduct model tests to optimize different characteristics of ice going vessels (342).
The dynamic interaction between moored tankers and ice features depends on the maximum ice loads acting on tankers. Sandvik (343) and Jolles et al. (344) used simplified model approaches, while Løset et al. (345) and Murray and Spencer (346) conducted ice tank tests to address the feasibility of some conceptual designs. Numerical simulation models based on discrete element modeling techniques were developed to simulate the behavior of vessels moored under the marginal ice zone (347,348,349,350). Each ice floe was represented by a circular disk while boundaries, land formations, and structures were assumed piecewise linear shapes. Disk-disk or disk-structure collisions were modeled as linear viscous-elastic or as a Coulomb friction contact in case of relative tangential sliding. Hansen and Løset (349) found that the results predicted by their model were in qualitative agreement with experimental results; however, the amplitudes tended to be overpredicted. The predicted frequency of oscillation in surge was found to be slightly lower than the measured one.
Jebaraj et al. (351,352) developed a finite element analysis to simulate the interaction between ice and ships. Ice interaction with structures has been treated for two different classes, namely, flexible and rigid ocean systems. In their dynamic analysis for ship/ice impact, the mechanism of load transfer during the interaction was treated as a contact process, taking into consideration the area of contact. Parametric studies were carried out to determine the influence of frame angle of the ship, velocity of impact of the ship, and thickness of the ice sheet on the failure loads.
Noble et al. (353) developed mathematical simulations and physical models. They provided a comparison with full-scale data of the accelerations encountered during various icebreaking and ice transiting operations. The ice interaction modes included continuous level icebreaking, ramming in thick level ice, navigation in floe fields, occasional jamming between floes, and the low probability occurrence of an accidental impact with a large ice feature (ice island or berg) at open water speed. A time-domain solution was obtained to the general problem of the dynamics of a ship under the impact of a moving finite ice floe. A comparison of the model test results with the mathematical model prediction showed good agreement. Daley et al. (354) reported some results on the work conducted at Arctec Canada Limited for the Canadian Coast Guard on the development of a general force and stress equation for head-on ship/ice impact. A methodology for developing local load criteria for ships operating at an ice edge was presented by St. John and Meyer (355). The details of the ice-structure interaction were discussed, including statistical distributions, of ice impact pressures and force based on measured data and theoretical predictions.
A time-domain simulation of collisions between icebreaking ships and multiyear ice was reported by Phillips and Tanaka (356). The model, Ithaca Ship, considered the transient ship-ice interaction and fluid-structure phenomena as strongly coupled through ship dynamics. At the Southampton Institute, the polar ship concept design (PSCD) software was developed and enabled a ship designer or operator to assess the effect of a set of parameters on an intended design (357). The PSCD was developed based on multiyear ice-going ships.
Similarity criteria for ice breaking resistances for conventional ice breaker and air cushion ice breaker were adopted in Refs. 358,359,360. A similarity criterion introduced by Goldstein and Osipenko (360) has the form of a characteristic length that incorporates the fracture toughness. It was possible to formulate relations for critical loads or dimensions of fracture pieces that were formed in the process of icebreaker–ice-cover interaction. The characteristic form of the relation was shown for the case of fracture near an icebreaker hull due to cylindrical bending, taking into account the velocity effect of icebreaker motion.
In arctic waters, the presence of floating ice provides several challenges mainly related to loads generated by level ice and pressure ridges. Forces resulting from the interaction of ice and hull were described in terms of the slope of hull at waterline and the coefficient of friction (361). Enkvist et al. (362) presented an analytical study of ridge resistance, its influence on bow angles. The behavior of ships exposed to ice drifting toward the stern depends on the lateral stiffness of the mooring system and the directional dependency of ice forces (in surge, sway, and yaw). In shallow water, the mooring system will have a high stiffness. Previous analytical studies of the weather varying behavior in level ice revealed that ships tend to strongly maintain a heading parallel to the ice drift direction (363,364). Løset et al. (365) introduced the “submerged turret loading (STL)” concept for loading oil offshore structures in the North Sea. The feasibility of the STL concept was studied by conducting a number of tests on a model at a scale of 1:36. In level ice, full-scale ice thickness, flexural ice strength, and speed, the average total force was with an average line tension in the front line of . The corresponding maximum loads were and . The mean value of the force peaks was with a standard deviation of . The measured forces (scaled) in level ice were found to be within the capacity of the STL mooring system. Depending on the ridge consolidation, pressure ridges were found to have the capability of exerting forces that exceed the capacity of the STL system. In broken ice, the average total force did not exceed , and the single mooring line loads were not above .
Ice Resistance to Ship Motion
Generally, the presence of ice will create a significant resistance to ship navigation. This resistance increases with increasing ice thickness. Existing methods for determining ship resistance in ice included numerical methods, which depend on solutions of equations of motion that describe the dynamic interaction between the ice and the ship, and empirical methods, which depend on model and full-scale icebreaker data to generate empirical correlations for ship resistance. Luk (366) presented a three-dimensional analysis for calculating the level ice resistance for ships that have conventional hull forms. His approach combined a plastic limit analysis used to describe the ice failure mechanism, together with the associated ice velocity field and linear and angular momentum balances to determine the average ice resistance for the ship. A review of ship resistance in ice was presented by Peirce (367).
Resistance tests are performed by towing a ship model at different speeds through ice-covered water. The speeds are usually selected to be the creeping speed, the predicted speed in the given ice condition, and a speed with a value above the one yielding estimated icebreaking performance. The towing force and speed are measured during these tests. The measured total force consists of two parts: the resistance in ice-free water (open water resistance) and the ice resistance. In order to separate these two components, some additional tests in ice-free water should be conducted. The ice resistance consists of two parts: the breaking component and the submersion-velocity component. In order to separate these components a test with creeping speed should be performed in presawn ice. When the ice is presawn, the ice breaking component is eliminated, and the measured ice resistance includes only the submersion-velocity component.
Bjerkås (376) indicated that for events with high speed of a rigid body and thin ice, brittle and nonsimultaneous failures usually occur. Furthermore, it was found that the global nominal pressure is stationary and relatively low due to nonsimultaneous peak loads. The effective contact width was found to be always less than the nominal width . This is a common scenario for wide structures and frequently reported in the literature (see, e.g., Refs. 32,377).
The influence of hydrodynamic forces acting on iceberg from floating structures was studied in Refs. 378,379,380. Other cases include hydrodynamic effects on iceberg collisions (381) and flow about spherical and cylindrical bodies near a plane wall (382,383,384). These studies motivated others to consider the hydrodynamic interaction of a transiting tanker and free-floating glacial ice mass (see, e.g., Refs. 356,380,385,386). In particular, Gagnon (385,386) considered such effects as the ice mass shape, size and orientation, ship model speed, and track proximity. Ice mass shapes included different sizes: spherical, cylindrical, and pyramidal. The observed motion parameters were sway (lateral movement of the ice mass from its initial position perpendicular to the long axis of the tow tank) and surge (movement of the ice mass from its initial position along the long axis of the tow tank). Figure27 shows the dependence of sway and surge motions on the tanker fore perpendicular position for the small inverted pyramid mass (of base of and height of ) with a separation between the ice mass and the tanker model of and a model speed of . It is seen that the ice mass would start to sway and surge away from the tanker (point a in the figure) to a maximum surge value (point b in Figs. 27b,27c and maximum sway value (point c in Figs. 27a,27c). As the long side of the tanker passed, the sway value would stay roughly constant at the maximum value, c in Figs. 27a,27c, while the ice mass would surge backward at c in Fig. 27b until the stern of the tanker came by at which point the ice mass surged forward again and swayed back in toward its original lateral position point d in Figs. 27a,27b,27c.
Other results of cylindrical and spherical ice masses were reported in Gagnon (385). With reference to spherical ice masses, it was found that as the tanker speed increased, the maximum sway tended to level off to certain values for each of the spheres. For the medium sphere, the maximum sway increased with increasing speed, while for the large sphere, it decreased with speed. The small sphere exhibited mixed trends. The presence of waves was found to lead to maximum sway values roughly five times the calm water values at the lower speeds for the large sphere ice mass. However, for large and small ice spheres, the effect of waves diminished at higher speeds.
Kitazawa and Ettema (395) examined the resistance to ship-hull motion through layers of brash ice (ice fragments of linear size ranging from ). They found that the resistance to hull motion through brash ice may consist of the following components:
bow resistance associated with shearing or compression of the rubble layer
bow resistance due to submergence of brash ice beneath the hull
bow resistance due to the momentum exchange between the hull and the brash ice
parallel-part resistance due to friction between the hull and the brash ice
stern thrust due to ascension of brash ice at the hull’s stern (this is a negative drag force attributable to the contact of rising buoyant ice rubble beneath the stern of a hull)
open water resistance
A characteristic feature, reported by Ettema et al. (398), of the ice-rubble displacement by the wedge-bow hull was the collision between individual pieces of ice rubble and the bow, especially for large ice-rubble pieces. The overlap of the processes of shear-zone formation and ice-piece collision led to a fairly irregular time history of resistance for the wedge-bow hull. The overlap of the processes of shear-zone formation and ice-piece collision yields a random time history of resistance for the wedged-bow hull, as shown in Fig.29. Note that Fig. 29a shows the force components for ice-rubble diameter and hull speed , while Fig. 29b corresponds to and . It is seen that the mean value of the total resistance is dropped for a small ice rubble and a small hull velocity. Figures30a,30b show the ice resistance for the icebreaker for two different values of ice-rubble size and hull velocity of . It is seen that the ice resistance experienced by the icebreaker exhibits some relatively long-period cycles, which can be attributed to cycle adjustments in hull trim as ice rubble was submerged and passed beneath the hull. The cyclic adjustments of trim were associated with the unsteady accumulation and collapse of ice rubble beneath the bow. This was described earlier by Keinonen (399) as the steady-state “developed condition” of ice ice-rubble accumulation beneath an inclined bow.
It is known that the operation of ice-going vessels depends on the condition of the hull surface. Corrosion increases the roughness of the ship hull, which increases drag and fuel consumption. The hull surface smoothness has been maintained by using coatings and cathodic protection. This problem was addressed by Rennie and Turnbull (400,401) and by Aromaa et al. (402), who utilized controlled and uncontrolled cathodic protection systems for ships’ hulls. The cold brackish water is different from ocean water as it has lower salt content, lower conductivity, and higher concentration of dissolved oxygen.
Interaction With Ship Propulsion System
Navigation in polar waters presents a formidable challenge to ships’ propulsion systems as large ice pieces impinging on their propeller blades sometimes result in stresses exceeding the yield strength of the blade material. This can cause damage to propellers and can also spell disaster if a ship becomes disabled in a remote area. To prevent such situations, design practice must be improved and theoretical models of propeller/ice interaction must be validated against experimental data. Several studies have been carried out to estimate load and torques acting on the propeller blades due to ice interaction with the propulsion system. For example, Edwards (403) developed an analytical model for estimating the shaft torque, blade bending moment, and blade turning moment experienced by a propulsion system in ice. The primary variables influencing the level of ice forces, torques, and moments on the propellers were found to be the angle of attack, the maximum depth of cut, the compressive strength of ice, and the pitch angle. Kostilainen (404) discussed the physical modeling of ice transiting ships. The transient behavior of a ship propeller-engine system in ice was found to be overlooked in model tests. Kostilainen (404) outlined some methods of modeling the complex ship/ice interaction in maneuvering. Water waves generated by the ships’ propeller blades and bow movements interacting with the ice cover were found to produce ice-coupled waves through the ice feature (405).
Browne et al. (406) examined the mechanisms contributing to the loads on both open and ducted propellers in the presence of ice. The model test results were correlated with equivalent full-scale events and were found to be in good agreement. A series of tests on a model of the ice class fixed pitch propeller of the Canadian Coast Guard’s R-class icebreakers was conducted in a towing tank (407). The propeller performance was assessed in both uniform flow and blocked flow behind a nearby simulated ice piece for two blockage configurations and a range of clearances between the block and the propeller blades. Measurements of thrust and torque were made over a range of speeds. The results were used to isolate the separate effects of the extreme wake within which the propeller operates and of proximity of the ice piece.
Morin et al. (408) used fiber optic sensors to measure ice loads at many locations in the propeller blade in order to obtain accurate stress and load distributions. Additional data gathered from the propulsion control system and the ship’s navigation equipment was included.
Veitch (409,410) developed a model simulating a marine screw propeller and a submerged ice body. The time simulation predicted the ice contact forces acting on a propeller blade and the motion response of ice. The model included six nonlinear ordinary differential equations for the ice body motion. These equations were solved time stepwise with a numerical integration routine. The propeller was treated as a rigid body with constant rotational and translational velocities. The ice body shape was idealized as spherical. It was found that contact during ice cutting is concentrated near the propeller blade’s leading edge. Ice failure on the pressure side (face) of the blade was characterized by an ice chipping process. Veitch (410) indicated several features important to the propeller-ice cutting process, which include the operating conditions of the propeller and the size of the ice body. The propeller-ice contact force was found to depend approximately on the square of the propeller diameter.
Jones et al. (411) discussed results of a joint research project (between the Transport Canada and the Finnish Board of Navigation) dealing with the propeller-ice interaction. The model was used to formulate new machinery regulations for Arctic and Baltic ice class vessels. The model was based on the theoretical analysis and experimental modeling of the physical phenomena involved.
An open water model test was conducted to investigate some issues dealing with the resistance and propulsion, maneuvering, and cavitation performance of a double acting tanker (DAT) (412). DAT is a ship designed to run astern in heavy ice conditions while remaining hydrodynamically efficient for propulsion in open water conditions. The ship was designed to operate both in ahead and astern conditions for prolonged periods of time. Comprehensive tests of the ship’s performance in ice were performed in the ice tank at Masa-Yards Artic Research Centre (MARC). The eight-month model testing and development resulted in a ship with excellent propulsion and maneuvering performance, especially with regard to the high ice class.
Vessel Icing and Deterministic Stability
Ice accumulation on ship superstructure3 components may cause serious problems in reducing ship seakeeping ability and hindering deck operations (413,414). It results in raising the center of gravity of the vessel and may possibly cause an asymmetry in the ship equilibrium position. As a consequence, the initial static stability of the ship will be reduced. These conditions may result in dangerous operating conditions for a vessel because extreme latitudes are quite often associated with steep waves, severe winds, and possibly floating pieces of ice. Ice accretion presents a serious problem for large ships and floating offshore platforms. This problem becomes even more serious for small vessels. Vessel icing has been known to be the principal cause of the total loss of several vessels. As a result, icing forecasts are an integral part of marine weather forecasts in these low temperature regions (415,416). The simultaneous loss of two trawlers due to icing (417) motivated researchers to examine and understand vessel icing at a more fundamental level in order to prevent such circumstances from occurring in the future. Subsequent investigations of spray icing models can generally be categorized into SMs, namely, statistical-physical (SPM) and physical-empirical (PEM) models (418). The SMs are those generally used by forecasters (419), while the physical models are used in more detailed and fundamental studies (420).
Moreover, U.S. Navy (421) and International Maritime Organization (422) vessel stability codes explicitly consider icing, although they do so in a simplified manner. Icing is not unique to ships, it may also occur on aircrafts (423,424) and electric power lines, where it has been reported to either cause a serious damage or result in a total loss. Much of the theoretical- or physical-based understanding of icing derives from idealized predictions around cylinders applied to electric power lines (425,426). Vessel icing is known to result from spray, which occurs as the vessel slams into the waves (420). This spray may then be transported by wind causing an impact on the vessel structure (427,428,429). The spray then freezes on the surface of the structure depending on the sea and air temperature, air moisture content, etc. The repetition of this process leads to a significant accumulation of ice on the vessel’s superstructure. Moreover, if a vessel heading is not directly into the waves, then an asymmetric icing may occur. This is also associated with a subsequent off-center transverse center of gravity and bias to the vessel (429). Both of these effects are detrimental to the vessel safe operation.
Traditional ship stability analysis compares the vessel righting arm curve to a standard or to a steady wind heeling moment (430,431). With reference to Fig.31, the righting arm is the horizontal distance between the ship’s center of gravity “G” and center of buoyancy “B.” Figure 31 also shows the dependence of the righting arm on the heeling angle, and it vanishes at the angle of capsizing (432). On the other hand, modern analysis methods of ship stability are based on analyzing the vessel’s roll motion response either by simulation or by using modern methods of dynamical systems. One method of analyzing nonlinear dynamical systems used by numerous researchers is the analysis of the so-called safe basin (433). This method consists of numerically integrating a grid of initial conditions in order to determine which initial conditions will lead to bounded motions (safe basin) and which will yield unbounded motions (i.e., capsizing). There are two cases that are generally analyzed, and these are the unbiased and biased cases. The unbiased case involves the symmetric ship while the biased case is for an asymmetric ship. The asymmetry may be due to a steady wind moment, cargo shifting, or asymmetric ice accretion. For the case of unbiased ship, the potential energy is two sided, as shown in Fig.32a, and may be given by the simple expression , where is the roll angle. For the biased ship, the potential energy may take the form (see Fig. 32b). If these potentials are differentiated and used as restoring moments for equations of motion, then the resulting equation of motion becomes a second-order nonlinear differential equation. These cases belong to a class of differential equations referred to as nonhyperbolic (or degenerate). One can also see from Fig. 32 the corresponding undamped phase planes. In both cases, the ship possesses bounded oscillations around the center for a given small initial disturbance. This type of oscillatory motion is depicted by closed curves surrounded by separatrices. The separatrix curves literally separate the bounded oscillatory motions inside from the unbounded rotational motions outside.
The righting arm curve of a ship, known also as the restoring lever, has been represented by an odd-order polynomial up to different degrees (434,435,436,437). Some forms of the restoring moment will be discussed in the next section.
The phase portraits shown in Figs. 32c,32d are for the unforced and undamped systems. The inclusion of damping breaks up the homoclinic orbits and the global stable manifolds of the saddle points, which separate the basins of attraction of the point of attraction (the equilibrium position or fixed point). The corresponding orbits are part of a class of differential equations known as hyperbolic, and the corresponding phase portraits are shown in Figs. 32e,32f.
Once periodic forcing is added to the system, the bounded curves will oscillate periodically in time (435,438). It should be noted that neglecting the wind bias gives significantly optimistic predictions of the ship safety. However, the simple biased case considered above and by many researchers is only a locally valid approximation. This approximation misses an important region between the safe basin and the capsizing region. This region can only be obtained by considering a more exact approximation to the vessel righting arm curve. This intermediate region has been referred to as the one rotation to the capsize region (439).
The upper bound of the excitation amplitude, beyond which the ship becomes dynamically unstable, is governed by both the damping factor and the excitation frequency. This is reflected by the reduction of the safe basin area with the excitation amplitude. The stability fraction, known in the literature as the normalized safe basin area or safe basin integrity factor (SIF) (440,441,442,443), is usually obtained by estimating the ratio of the area of the stable region in the phase plane (area of the safe basin) to the total area encompassed by the homoclinic orbit, which is defined to be the safe basin in the absence of excitation. The stability fraction is strongly dependent on the excitation amplitude. For excitation amplitudes less than a critical value, governed by the excitation frequency, there is no erosion at all for the safe basin. Above this critical value of the excitation amplitude, the area of the safe basin shrinks and the stability fraction drops. As the excitation frequency changes, so does the critical excitation amplitude.
Calculating the basin boundaries is a difficult numerical problem for the damped and forced system. The safe basin boundaries for the damped and forced system are obtained by tracing the solution paths along the manifold’s surface as the excitation evolves with time (448). However, for the unforced system, the manifolds are locally tangent to the eigenvectors of the fixed points, which are obtained by expressing the second-order differential equation of motion as a system of two first-order differential equations. The fixed points are the roots of the nonlinear righting arm curve function. The system of equations is linearized about the fixed point of interest, and the corresponding eigenstructure is obtained.
The motion close to the fixed point is extremely slow. Therefore, an approximation to the unstable manifolds is obtained by moving away from the fixed point a very small distance along the unstable linear eigenvector and then integrating in time from that initial condition. The stable manifold can be approximated in a similar manner, except that one has to integrate backward in time. Once periodic forcing is added to the system, these manifolds, like the steady-state periodic solutions, oscillate periodically with time and an extended phase space with time emerges.
To demonstrate, it is assumed that there is a 25% reduction in the vessel static stability due to icing. The initial stability or metacentric height (i.e., gain margin (GM)) is just the initial slope of the righting arm curve . Figure34 is a plot of the vessel static roll restoring moment arm curve as a function of the roll angle; the slope at the origin is the GM. As can be surmised from the figure, this reduction in the initial stability also affects the range of stability by decreasing the angle of vanishing stability or capsizing angle, which is the angle at which the righting arm becomes zero. The change in the righting arm curve can be found using the naval architect’s formula, , where is the initial righting arm curve, is the modified righting arm curve, and is the distance between the initial and modified center of gravity. The reduction in the initial stability significantly affects the vessel roll response magnification curves.
Equation 20 is the standard uncoupled single degree of freedom roll equation of motion with nonlinear damping and roll restoring moment. This equation was analyzed using various steady-state and transient methods. The methods used to analyze Eq. 19 consist of path following or continuation methods (448,449) and tracing out the stable (safe-basin boundaries) and unstable manifolds of the periodically forced system in the Poincarè map (448,450). The path following or continuation method requires an initial starting value, which can be obtained by simply integrating the equation of motion until a steady state solution is obtained. Using this solution as a starting value, the forcing frequency—taken as the bifurcation parameter—is varied, and the curve of stable and unstable harmonic solutions is obtained. Tracing the safe basin boundaries of the periodically forced system is done in a manner similar to what was done with the unforced system, except that now the periodic forcing at a fixed time phase is added to the system of first-order equations. The first step to tracing out the manifolds is to obtain the unstable periodic saddle-type solution at a fixed time phase. Once the unstable periodic solution is obtained, the characteristic multipliers are determined from the Jacobian matrix augmented with the derivative of the periodic forcing with respect to all the state variables. These multipliers are then reinserted back into the augmented Jacobian matrix and eigenvectors are obtained. The stable and unstable manifolds are obtained by moving away from the saddle along these eigenvectors in a manner similar to what was done with the unforced system.
Figures35a,35b show two different plots of amplitude frequency response curves taken for different values of wave heights and two different values of static stability arms (451). It is seen that the peaks of the response curves increase with the reduced initial stability. This is particularly dangerous because as the response curve peaks increase, the static angle of vanishing stability will bring the response curve peak closer to the capsizing angle. A more complete picture of the vessel’s response is obtained by considering both the steady-state magnification curves and the safe basins as affected by the excitation amplitude and frequency (452).
Falzarano et al. (451) investigated the effects of damping on the safe basin boundaries. This is an alternative approach to the one used by Thompson (433), who investigated the safe basin by integrating a grid of initial conditions. This reduction in initial stability will also affect the vessel’s transient response as depicted by the reduction in the size of the safe basin of attraction. Other physical parameters will also affect the safe basin, such as damping. The safe basin calculated herein is at a particular sampling phase relative to the forcing (stroboscopic sampling once per period of the forcing). For example, Figs.36a,36b show the stable (solid curve) and unstable manifolds associated with the fixed saddle points (unstable saddle-type periodic orbit) located at the angle of vanishing stability or capsizing angle. The stable manifolds are the boundary between the safe basin and the capsizing region. One can see in Figs. 36a,36b how the safe basin area decreases for two different values of damping at the same wave forcing frequency, which is close to the natural frequency. For steeper waves and for a frequency closer to the response peak, the response is even more dramatic.
Random Excitation of Ships
Stochastic Stability Due to Random Waves
Modeling of Ice Impact
Ship hull–ice loading has been measured either with actual ships or small-scale model basin tests, or controlled field tests (473). The impact of a ship hull with an ice cusp was experimentally simulated by Gagnon et al. (474). The prediction of global ice loads on offshore structures was considered by Bjerkås (376), who showed how the effective structure width is affected by changes in the failure mode of the ice sheet to a vertical structure. It was found that a simultaneous failure took place during ductile crushing and static loading with the drift speed/ice thickness ratio from .
The continuous indentation of a ship or offshore structure into an ice sheet was examined by Karr et al. (475,476) and Troesch et al. (477). The impacting ship or offshore structure was represented by a mass-spring-dashpot system having a constant velocity relative to the ice sheet. The nonlinear dynamic response was due to intermittent ice breakage and intermittent contact of the structure with the ice. Periodic motions were found, and the periodicity for a particular system was found to be dependent on initial conditions. For a representative system, a Poincarè map was presented showing the fixed points. A description of some of the effects of random variations in system parameters was also discussed.
Ship Roll Dynamics in Random Ocean Waves
The critical roll angle at which the restoring moment vanishes, i.e., , defines the condition of the capsizing ship. Most of the research work deals with the first exit time at which this angle is reached.
The probabilistic characteristics of irregular rolling in the regime of parametric resonance were studied in Refs. 487,488,489. Leavdou and Palazzi (490) evaluated the operational risk of parametric roll oscillations using numerical simulations with the large amplitude motions program (LAMB). It was shown that in order to obtain reliable results, one realization is not enough and that distribution of the parametric roll response might be different from Gaussian.
Reliability of ship operations under Gaussian or non-Gaussian random sea waves deals with the probability that the ship will not capsize. One may estimate the ship reliability in terms of the probabilistic characteristics of the time at which the roll motion first exits from the safe domain. When ship capsizing is defined by the first exit of response from a safe domain of operation, the reliability is referred to as a first-passage problem. For ships whose response is described by a Markov process, the mean value of the exit time is usually governed by a partial differential equation known as the Pontryagin–Vitt (PV) equation (492).
The first-passage problem of ship’s nonlinear roll oscillations in random sea waves has been considered by Roberts (461,462), Cai and Lin (493), Cai et al. (494), and Moshchuk et al. (491,495). Roberts (461,462) developed an approximate theory based on a combination of averaging techniques and the theory of Markov processes. His analysis resulted in a simple expression for the distribution of the ship roll angle. Cai et al. (493) adopted the same modeling and introduced a parametric excitation term. They used the modified version of quasiconservative averaging. Moshchuk et al. (491) determined the mean exit time of the perturbed ship motion by solving the Pontryagin’s partial differential equation using the method of asymptotic expansion. It was found that the mean exit time is extremely large for any excitation intensity less than a critical value above which it experiences exponential decay.
A second-order approximation was considered by Moshchuk et al. (495) including the contribution of the boundary layer, which compensates for the residual in the boundary condition at the barrier. Figure38 shows the contribution of the second-order approximation, together with the boundary-layer effect. It is seen that the first-order approximation is more conservative and leads to a smaller mean exit time than the second-order solution. As increases, the mean exit time decreases. The effects of the mean value of excitation, , and the amplitude of the additional nonlinear restoring moment, , are found to have similar effects in reducing the mean exit time. One may notice that the critical value of the ship energy level at which capsizing takes place is taken to be less than , which corresponds to the homoclinic orbit of the unperturbed system. For , the first-order approximation gives similar results with resolvable singularities. However, for the second-order approximation, the value of the critical energy level must be less than 2 to avoid singularity.
Ship Controls in Icy Waters
Challenges in Controlling Ship Motions
The dynamics of marine vessels are highly nonlinear and strongly influenced by unpredictable environmental disturbances stemming from severe winds, random sea waves, and currents. This problem is further complicated when ships are required to operate under severe cold weather conditions. This is because ice-infested waters will expose ships to considerable and unpredictable ice forces and impact loads. In addition, the ice accretion on the exposed ship surfaces has a tendency to significantly vary the numerical values of the ship parameters, thus inducing unstructured uncertainties in the system in addition to all external disturbances that were mentioned earlier.
Normally, the ship dynamics involve both hard and soft nonlinearities. The latter stems from the aerofoil shape of the hull that generates forces and moments, which are functions of the square of the ship forward speed. On the other hand, the hard nonlinearities are associated with the rudder travel saturation and slew rate limitations. Therefore, the task of controlling the ship dynamics is usually classified as designing a controller for a nonlinear and highly uncertain system (501).
In spite of these difficult issues, the ship is required to accurately perform track-keeping and course-changing tasks while being able to attenuate the undesirable roll motion. To the best of our knowledge, passive and active ship control problems involving navigation in ice-infested waters represent potential research issues that are still in the early stage of their development. Therefore, only control schemes that were developed for ships operating under no ice loading conditions will be briefly reviewed in this section. Specifically, the focus will be restricted to roll motion stabilizers.
Ship Roll Control Problem
In rough weather conditions, excessive roll-induced oscillations may be discomforting and fatiguing to passengers, may reduce the crew efficiency, degrade the fighting capabilities of warships, and damage the contents of containers in cargo ships. These factors cause an inherent degradation in ship operability. Monk (502) indicated that the ability of crew members would be impaired by 20–30% if the ship undergoes a rms roll motion of and by 50% if the ship experiences a rms lateral acceleration of . Therefore, in an attempt to deal with the undesirable effects of excessive roll oscillations, the ship captain may be forced to slow down the ship, alter its course, or suspend its allotted mission (503,504). Such measures would ultimately lead to undesirable delays in performing the tasks or reaching the desired destination of the ship.
Among the ship’s six degrees of freedom (i.e., surge, sway, heave, roll, pitch, and yaw), the roll oscillation is considered to be the most critical component of the ship motion. Large amplitude roll oscillations can be generated at resonance by relatively small wave forces. These oscillations can be significantly attenuated by applying forces/moments that are out of phase with the excitation forces. Moreover, the forces required to counteract the roll motion are relatively small compared to the ship’s weight. Many studies have shown that the roll motion can be significantly reduced by fitting the marine vessel with a roll stabilization system. Most notable roll stabilization techniques are the antiroll tanks (505,506,507,508,509,510,511,512), the active and passive fins (503,511,513,514,515,516,517), the rudder roll stabilization (RRS) system (515,518,519,520,521,522,523), and the integral fin/rudder roll stabilization system (INFRRS) (503,515). The next sections describe and assess the main results pertaining to these four techniques.
Roll Stabilization by Antiroll Tanks
Antiroll tanks have been introduced as mechanical absorbers to attenuate the ship roll motion. The advantages of passive U-tube antiroll tanks stem from the fact that they do not have moving parts and require little maintenance. However, they occupy a very significant portion of the ship’s hull. They can be classified as passive (505,506,507,509,510,511,524), controlled passive (508), and active (512). The motion of the ship causes appropriate masses of fluid, water or reserve fuel, to flow side by side between tanks that are mounted at specific heights and distances from the ship’s centerline. The resistance in the connection between the tanks is tuned so that the fluid motion is out of phase with the ship roll motion, thus generating opposing moments that will minimize the adverse effects of wave-induced excitations (505,511).
Frahm (524) introduced an antiroll tank in the form of a U-tube. This is shown in Fig.39 (taken from Den Hartog (525)). In this system, a moment opposing the roll motion of the ship is generated by the oscillating fluid. Figure 39a depicts the old version of Frahm’s antiroll system, which consists of two half-full tanks that are connected at the bottom by a water pipe and at the top through an air pipe fitted by a valve. Figure 39b shows a newer version of Frahm’s antiroll system in which the lower pipe connecting the tanks is omitted and replaced by the open ocean. The “blisters” are extended along two-thirds of the length of the ship and are subdivided into three or more compartments by vertical partitions. Stigter (507) derived the equations of motion of the fluid in a passive U-tube antiroll tank and determined the coupling terms between the ship and the tank. Lewison (510) proposed a scheme to optimize the design of free-surface passive tanks. Abdel Gawad et al. (505) aimed at optimizing the performance of passive U-tube tanks over a wide range of excitation frequencies. They focused on determining optimal values for the tank damping, mass, and location with respect to the ship’s center of gravity. Moreover, their study demonstrated a 67% reduction in the ship roll motion for a well-tuned and well-designed U-tube tank. Furthermore, Vugts (509) designed and compared the performances of four passive tanks in reducing the roll motion for the same ship.
Bell and Walker (508) examined two differently controlled antiroll tanks. The first is controlled by valves mounted in the water channel. The second is controlled by valves in the air channel. In active antiroll tanks, either air pressure or a pump is used to move the fluid between tanks. Webster (512) examined the control of pump-activated U-tube tanks. He demonstrated the superiority of active antiroll tanks over passive ones in reducing the ship roll motion.
Treakle, III et al. (504) designed a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller for an onboard moving weight to mimic the motion of the fluid in an active antiroll-tank system. The simulation results demonstrate that the moving weight system is very effective in reducing the ship roll motion.
It should be emphasized that both antiroll tanks and moving weights are independent of the vessel forward speed. As a consequence, both systems have the advantage of being effective when the ship is not underway or moving at low speeds.
It should be pointed out that the design of existing active antiroll tanks should be modified in order to ensure that these systems operate as intended under extreme low temperatures. Furthermore, the controller of the onboard moving weight system should be robust to structured uncertainties induced by the weight shift that is caused by the ice accretion on the ship.
Roll Stabilization by Fins
The fin stabilization system generates a moment to oppose the wave-induced roll moment on the ship. Its stabilizing moment is produced by the lift forces on the airfoil sections, which may be all or partly moveable with or without flaps (511). Therefore, to alleviate the roll motion, ships have been equipped with either passive or active fin stabilizers. Figure40 shows a schematic diagram of fin stabilizer adopted from Kawazoe et al. (513). The stabilizer is basically used to provide additional damping to the ship roll motion. However, they must have a very large size in order to be effective in attenuating the ship roll oscillations; thus, their usage becomes limited (515).
Under a “beam-sea” state, the ship oscillates heavily at its own natural frequency, particularly when the wave natural frequency matches that of the ship. A common way of dealing with this problem is to increase the damping by equipping the ship with bilge keels (505). Figure41 shows the effectiveness of bilge keels. At resonance, the roll angle is reduced by almost 33%.
The active fin stabilizers have been successfully implemented to enhance the operational effectiveness of warships in rough weather (503,516). They use winglike appendages that are usually controlled based on measured roll angular displacement and velocity. The fins are hydraulically rotated in phase with the ship roll motion at long wave periods, in phase with the roll acceleration at short periods and out of phase at a ship resonance period (511,517). Note that the hydrodynamic forces exerted on the fins are proportional to the square of the ship forward speed. Therefore, at high speeds, large stabilizing moments can be generated by having the fins undergo small rotations. Andrew et al. (516) showned the operational effectiveness for the same frigate with and without fin stabilizers to be 0.851 and 0.649, respectively. This claim was also supported by Crossland (503), who confirmed in his study that the performance of a ship with a fin stabilizer is superior to that of a ship without a stabilizer, as shown in Fig.42. However, at low ship speeds, the effectiveness of the fins is greatly reduced, and their role becomes similar to additional bilge keels (511). Crossland (503) demonstrated that there are few differences between the performances of ships with or without fin stabilizers at slow speeds. To address this shortcoming, a coupled system consisting of an antiroll tank and a fin stabilizer have been suggested in order to enhance the ship operational effectiveness at both high and low speeds (505,511).
Katebi et al. (514) designed three controllers for an active fin stabilizer system. The first consists of a PID controller whose gains are tuned based on the classical control theory. The second is a PID controller whose gains are tuned based on an optimization scheme. The third consists of a robust controller, which is suitable for handling systems with significant model variations over their operating range. This controller is an optimization scheme that combines conventional and robust control methodologies within a single design framework. It is basically designed to minimize the effect of the wave disturbance input on the roll angular displacement of the ship. All controllers were designed to satisfy two stability and three performance criteria. The stability criteria pertain to the GM and phase margin (PM). It was demonstrated that the conventional PID controller can only account for one of the specified criteria in its design. The digital simulation results illustrated the superiority of advanced control schemes over conventional ones in attenuating the wave-induced roll motion of the ship.
Crossland (503) adopted the three controllers described by Katebi et al. (514) to quantify the improvement in the ship operational performance that can be attributed to the choice of the control strategy used in the fin stabilizer system. The performance criterion was based on the average percentage time operability (PTO) of the ship. All simulations were based on an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission of a warship in the North Atlantic. Moreover, they assumed a short-crested sea state where the waves approach the ship from one direction. However, a cosine-squared spreading of the wave energy around the primary wave direction was considered. The results revealed that none of the control strategies considered in this study yields the best performance throughout the entire range of the ship speed/heading combinations. A control strategy may yield a better performance than others in one range of ship speed/heading combinations and may perform worse than others in a different range. It should be stressed that this conclusion should only be applicable for the type of controllers that were considered in Crossland’s study (503).
Yang et al. (526) developed a robust adaptive fuzzy controller (RAFC) to stabilize the ship roll motion through an active fin stabilizer. The ship is considered to be an uncertain system whose dynamics are described by a nonlinear second-order differential equation. The universal approximation capability of fuzzy systems has been exploited in this study to construct a fuzzy system that yields an upper bound for the system uncertainties. The RAFC has been designed based on the Lyapunov direct method in order to ensure that the closed-loop system trajectory converges exponentially to a closed-ball surrounding the equilibrium state with a prescribed radius. The wave effect is modeled as an external disturbance consisting of a sinusoidal signal with a peak amplitude of . The digital simulation results illustrated the effectiveness of the proposed controller in significantly reducing the amplitude of the ship roll motion when the ship is subjected to a sinusoidal wave external disturbance.
Most control strategies tend to ignore the coupling terms between the yaw and the roll motions of the ship. This strategy is reflected in Fig.43 where the roll and yaw motions are being controlled independently (527). However, modern warships are required to be highly maneuverable. The design configuration that meets this requirement has resulted in a strong interaction between the roll and yaw motions of the ship. This strong coupling has to be accounted for in the design of the controller. Otherwise, it will have a significant detrimental effect on the ability of the ship to provide a stable platform during maneuvers, thus adversely impacting the operational efficiency of the ship. Roberts and Towill (528) designed a model-based linear multivariable controller that considers both the yaw and the roll motions of the ship. Their technique implemented a decoupling algorithm that decomposed the system into two independent control loops. However, the performance of this controller is hinged on the accuracy of the dynamic model of the ship.
Sutton et al. (527) addressed the problem of reducing the roll motion of the ship that is induced by both the rudder and sea disturbances. Their model accounts for the effect of yaw on the roll motion. This is illustrated in Fig.44, which also reveals that the ship model considers the dynamics of the fins and rudder servomechanisms along with their saturation limiters. Their study proposed a fixed-rule-based fuzzy logic controller (FLC) for the fin stabilizer system that uses both the roll angle and its time derivative as input variables and the fin demand as the output variable. It should be emphasized that the FLC design was solely based on the ship roll motion. Their simulation results exhibit the effectiveness of their proposed controller in reducing the roll motion. Moreover, the performance of the FLC was found to be considerably more robust than that of traditionally designed multivariable controllers. However, its implementation may become impractical due to the lengthy computational time required to evaluate the large rule base of the controller. Sutton et al. (527) suggested a self-organizing or adaptive FLC, whereby the rules may be automatically generated or modified based on their contribution to the performance of the closed-loop system, as a viable alternative to the fixed-rule-based FLC.
Rudder Roll Stabilization System
There is a great interest in increasing the functionality of the rudder to include both ship steering and roll reduction. The rationale is to eliminate the need for equipping ships with conventional fin stabilizers in order to reduce the roll motion. Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the RRS system as a potential tool for roll reduction (see, e.g., Refs. 515,518,519,520,521,522,523). The RRS system uses a moment generated by the rudder to significantly attenuate the roll motion. This has been achieved with a negligible effect on the yaw motion of the ship. The RRS system remains one of the primary roll control devices in use on U.S. Navy ships. However, the roll stabilization system loses its effectiveness at low ship speeds. In addition, a significant increase in the slew rate of the rudder is required if rudders are to replace fins.
Integrated Fin/Rudder Roll Stabilization System
In contrast to the RRS system, which aims at replacing the fin stabilizer, the INFRRS system utilizes both systems in an attempt to combine their advantages for further enhancement of the ship stabilization. In assessing the advantages of the INFRRS system, Crossland (503) used the PTO as a measure of the operational performance of the ship. He has demonstrated that the INFRRS can lead to an improvement of about 3.8% in PTO of ASW frigates over the level achievable by a standard fin roll stabilizer system. Most importantly, this improvement was realized without requiring an increase in the slew rate of the existing rudder.
Roberts et al. (515) have also used an INFRRS system to attenuate the roll motion of frigates in the Royal Navy. Their model considered both the roll and yaw motions of the ship. However, they ignored the effect of the roll on the yaw motion of the ship. This is clearly reflected in Fig.45. The rudder control signal is composed of two independent components. The first is designed to yield a good course-keeping characteristic of the ship autopilot system, while the second is introduced to aid the fin controller in attenuating the roll angle of the ship (see Fig. 45). Both the rudder roll controller and the autopilot controller have been designed based on the methodology. Their study demonstrated that the classical RRS controller, consisting of a typical lead-lag compensator (457), achieves a better roll reduction at the ship’s resonance roll frequency. However, the performance of the RRS controller was found to be consistently better over the entire encountered frequency range and resulted in a reduced rudder activity than that required by the classical RRS controller. Moreover, the controller has been shown to be robust to system’s uncertainties and possesses good disturbance rejection characteristics.
Most importantly, Roberts et al. (515) showed that the existing rudder system can be used effectively to assist the active fin stabilization system in attenuating the ship roll motion without generating significant disturbances on the yaw motion.
Control Issues Pertaining to Ice Loading on Ships
It should be emphasized that none of the control strategies discussed herein takes into consideration the effects of ice loading and ice impact in its design. As mentioned earlier, the ice effects tend to increase the structured uncertainties of the system and/or introduce additional external disturbances, which may adversely affect the performance of the ship.
Hill et al. (529) proposed a control strategy for a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker featuring a diesel-electric propulsion system. The latter consists of three marine diesel engines driving three synchronous generators that supply power to cycloconvertor transformers, which in their turn are needed by the propulsion motors. Note that in this system, the ship propellers are directly coupled to the propulsion motors. Among the advantages of the diesel-electric propulsion system is its ability to use fixed pitch propellers that are more efficient and less expensive than the controlled pitch propellers that are needed by the geared diesel drives. Furthermore, this propulsion system has the capability of transmitting larger rated torque at low ship speeds than the geared diesel drives. Moreover, the diesel engines in a diesel-electric propulsion system do not have to be slowed down in order to reverse the direction of the propeller rotation, a task often required to dislodge blocks of ice that managed to stall some of the ship propellers. Note that such maneuvers are not possible without slowing down the diesel engines in geared diesel systems. In this study, the proposed control strategy of the propulsion system relies on two control loops to limit the power that can be delivered to the synchronous motors. The rationale is to prevent the diesel engines from stalling and the generators from overloading when the propulsion system experiences sudden or sustained overloads usually associated by ice impact and stiff ice resistance.
In light of these difficulties, the ship control problem under severe cold weather conditions represents a very challenging task that needs to be addressed by future research activities. The studies discussed above tend to suggest that a nonlinear robust controller capable of adapting itself to the unpredictable environmental disturbances of the ship is needed. Adaptive fuzzy controllers or fuzzy-tuned robust nonlinear controllers seem to be potential candidates for this challenging problem since they account in their structures for both system nonlinearities and uncertainties.
Ships and offshore structures may encounter severe loads from ice impacts and random ocean waves. This problem presents formidable tasks to the navigation, safe operation, controls, and stabilization of ships. Depending on the thickness and conditions of ice, these interactions may result in repeated impacts that would ultimately lead to structure fatigue and may, under severe conditions, cause ship capsizing. The estimation and measurements of ice loads, which have been examined extensively in recent studies, have been summarized in the beginning of this article. Experimental measurements of ice loads have been classified in the literature as local and global loads. They were found to be random in nature and were expressed in terms of probabilistic measures. One of these measures is considered to be the Poisson distribution when the number of ice-load impacts is random.
Moreover, this review article addresses governing factors of ice loads such as its mechanics and properties. A typical cycle of ice force resisting an ocean structure consists of a gradual increase in the ice force until the ice is broken. Thus, the cycle involves a sudden drop in the force exerted on the structure due to the clearance created by the ice that is being crushed. The repetition of this cycle revealed a sawtooth pattern in the time domain according to indentation test results. It should be mentioned that this loading pattern is known to be caused by ice-structure interaction. Furthermore, the ice-crushing process results in negative damping to the ship motion due to the drop in the resistance. Full-scale structural test measurements have revealed three ice-load modes: quasistatic, steady-state, and random fluctuations. These measurements involve uncertainties due to ice nonhomogeneity and differences in the ice microstructure.
The results reviewed herein provide valuable information pertaining to ice impact loads, which were found to be linearly dependent on the impact speed (for a low speed range) or on the square of the speed (for a high speed range). Ice impact on ship hulls made of composite materials can cause delamination, matrix cracking, and fiber failure. The nonlinear dynamic response of a ship or an offshore structure was found to be due to intermittent ice breaking and ice contact with the structure. Models of ice impact loads on ship roll dynamics have been presented in the literature; however, no attempt has yet been made to analyze the resulting equation of motion for stability and response characteristics.
One of the major issues reported in the literature is the ice resistance to ship motions. The resistance to the hull motion through brash ice was found to be due to different components that were described in Sec. 4. Among these factors are the bow resistance associated with shearing or compression of the rubble layer, the resistance associated with the submergence of brash ice beneath the hull, and the resistance to the momentum exchange between the hull and the brash ice. Another important and serious problem encountered during the navigation of ships in ice infested waters is the ice-interaction with the propulsion system. This problem has the potential of damaging the propellers and leaving ships stranded in remote areas. A great deal of study has been devoted to improve the design of propulsion systems. These studies estimated the loads and stress distributions of the propeller blades due to the ice interaction. In view of the additional ice loads on marine systems, new design regulations have been introduced to enable ships and offshore structures to withstand loads induced by extreme environmental conditions.
It is a common knowledge that the ice accretion on a ship has a tendency to raise its center of gravity and possibly cause an asymmetry in its equilibrium position. This will result in a significant reduction in the initial static stability of the ship. Many studies have addressed the dynamic stability of vessels due to icing and tried to establish safe basins (initial conditions) for the ship roll motion. The stochastic stability of ships and its first-passage problem have been addressed for ship roll dynamics operating in random sea waves. No such effort has yet been made to investigate this stability problem in the presence of ice-ship interaction. Furthermore, stochastic dynamic modeling of ships involving ice impact loadings has not been tackled in the literature, and it is still an open area for potential research activities.
Moreover, this article has briefly summarized the work done in developing antiroll tanks and moving weights whose performances are not affected by the vessel forward speed. Consequently, they have the advantage over other antiroll schemes in being effective when the ship is not underway or is moving at slow speeds. On the other hand, active fins can produce large stabilizing moments at high ship speeds. The performances of ships with fin stabilizers have been shown to be superior to those without stabilizers. Other approaches, such as the RRS system, have relied on increasing the functionality of the rudder to perform both ship steering and roll reduction tasks. Several studies have demonstrated the viability of such an approach. However, the slew rate of the rudder must be significantly increased if the RRS system is to replace the fins. To relax this requirement, the INFRRS stabilization system is introduced whereby the existing rudder assists the fin stabilization system in attenuating the ship roll motion. It should be emphasized that the effectiveness of RRS, INFRRS, and fin stabilization systems is greatly reduced at low ship speeds. It should be stressed that none of the control schemes discussed herein have dealt with ships navigating in ice-infested waters. Passive and active control schemes are very valuable in preventing ships from capsizing due to ice accretion on their superstructures. The enhancement of their performances under extreme weather conditions necessitates the development of robust nonlinear controllers that are capable of adapting to the constantly varying and highly uncertain environmental conditions.
This work is supported by a grant from ONR under Award No. N00014-05-1-0040. Dr. Kelly B. Cooper is the Program Director. The authors would like to thank one of the reviewers who provided additional references and suggested a number of improvements to the article.
Fine specules, plates, or discoids of ice suspended in water. In rivers and lakes, frazil ice is formed in supercooled turbulent water.
Sea ice is formed by the cooling and freezing of sea water, whereas glacial ice originates on land from snow falling on perennial snow fields.
Superstructure refers to any structure built above the main deck of a ship.