Engineering: Ice Mechanics

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Ice- and iceberg-structure interaction models are essential for the successful design of cold regions offshore structures.

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Bercha Group principals have participated in the evolution of applied mechanics since the commencement of exploration in the North American Arctic in the early 1970s.

Our ice mechanics services include:

  • Ice condition surveys and mapping

  • Preliminary ice load and pressure design parameters

  • Ice load and pressure design atlas for North American Arctic

  • Iceberg loads and pressures on gravity based structures

  • Probabilistic ice load and pressure predictions

  • Finite element models of ice rheology

  • Nonlinear ice/structure/foundation interaction numerical models

  • Ice/ocean/atmosphere modeling

  • Thermodynamic modeling of ice growth and decay

  • Oil spill in ice analysis

 

Sensitivity of pipeline failure rate to ridge characteristics and pipeline burial depth

Summary of experience:

  • We helped develop ice structure analysis necessary to design and operate artificial islands, bottom founded structures, and floating systems for exploration or production in ice and iceberg populated regions.

  • Our experience in ice and iceberg mechanics spans a variety of geographic and climatic zones, including the Marginal Ice Zones of the Bering, Barents, Okhotsk, Labrador Seas, and Gulf of St. Lawrence, High Arctic Multi-year Pack Ice, Beaufort Sea landfast, shear, and pack ice, and iceberg populated areas off Labrador and the Grand Banks.

  • Our integrated perspective formed from a combination of expertise in ice mechanics, structural and marine engineering, and remote sensing and surveillance, together with our comprehensive experience with ice and icebergs, makes us a particularly valuable member of any offshore cold regions project team.

 

Visit our Projects page to find out more about specific engineering projects.

Arctic Production and Loading Basin (APLB)

   

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