The Ice Mechanics 2017 Third Winter Course is scheduled for January-February 2017. New Ice Course will be even more interesting, and its participants will get more practice and unusual experiments with sea ice.

The main aims of the course are:

  • to develop an understanding of ice as a natural material, e.g. an understanding of ice properties and features and the ways and techniques that ice is measured and/or observed in the lab and in nature;
  • to expand the knowledge about the influences of ice on ships, coastal and offshore structures.

The Course has been held since 2015 and it is a part of the unique Arctic Project, which is implemented within the framework of the FEFU Competitiveness Enhancement Program under the 5top100 Project.

The Ice Course 2016 was opened with the theoretical part, viz. an intensive series of lectures in English. The leading lecturers of the FEFU School of Engineering and the visiting expert shared their knowledge and experience. The Director of the FEFU School of Engineering, Doctor of Sciences Alexander Becker and the Chief Specialist on Hydrometeorology with Rosneft-Shelf-Arctic Co. Anatoly Polomoshnov, were among the first who addressed to the participants. The participants were introduced to the theoretical foundations of the oil and gas fields development on the continental shelf, the basic concepts of ice physics, principles of design in ice conditions, ice load simulation and calculation methods of engineering structures intended for use in the Arctic.

Having mastered the theory in university classrooms, the Ice Mechanics 2016 International Course participants moved to the second part of the course: to the practical study of the natural sea ice. The participants performed the test of natural material on a specially prepared test site on the surface of the Russky Island's Novik Bay and in the FEFU laboratory. They studied nearly eight tons of sea ice, conducted more than three hundred experiments, examined samples for salinity, heterogeneity, density, structure, and the compressive and bending strength. The Course participants used unconventional and unique instruments that FEFU engineers have designed specifically for research purposes and experiments. Part of ice properties was defined directly in the field, the rest in the laboratory of ice studies. The ice thickness in the bay reached 45-50 cm, which allowed to carry out the necessary work safely under the supervision of the Ministry of Emergency Situations rescuers.

The experiments continued in the Novik Bay for several days, after which the young researchers started to analyze the received data and writing the final work. The two-week training program was completed on February 5th with the test on acquired knowledge, necessary for the implementation of projects for the development of the Arctic region.

The main result of the Ice Course 2016 was the experience received by the students and postgraduates in the work with ice, the definition of its properties, analysis of the characteristics for the simulation of the interaction with structures. New knowledge will enable them to become participants to the future large-scale projects for the development of the Arctic region. The Course became a truly international and has drawn attention of Rosneft, the FEFU main partner on the Arctic Project.