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Ice-structure interaction

6th November 2017 to 10th November 2017
Aleksey Marchenko Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Agnieszka Herman University of Gdansk
Alexander Korobkin University of East Anglia
Nigel Peake University of Cambridge
Frank Thomas Smith University College London

Workshop Theme

  1. Fundamental models of physical phenomena taking important role in ice – structure interactions including phase changes, recrystallization, ice rheology, friction, permeability, super-cooling and pre-melting
  2. Icing of aircrafts, ships and offshore structures
  3. Thermally induced loads on structures due to the interaction with ice and frozen soils
  4. Ice loads on fixed offshore structures and vibrations
  5. Dynamic positioning of floating structures in ice conditions
  6. Ice-ship interaction
  7. Impact of icebergs and ice ridges keels in seabed and subsea facilities
  8. Advantages and disadvantages of numerical methods for simulations of ice-structure interactions

Interaction of ice with structures appears as an important process in numerous engineering applications including icing of structures (planes, turbines, cables, ships etc.), thermally induced loads on structures from ice and frozen soils, and mechanical loads on offshore and coastal structures due to the contact interaction. The physical mechanisms of ice-structure interactions are physically related to phase changes, ice micro-structure, the rheology and strength of ice, properties of contact interaction of ice with different materials, properties and behaviour of structures under the loading, and the driving forces applied to the ice when it interacts with structures. Understanding of the physical phenomena and proper formulation of mathematical models describing ice-structure interactions are necessary for adequate numerical simulations with useful input for industry. The workshop program includes lectures and seminars. Lecturing will be performed by well-known scientists experienced in experimental investigations of physical and mechanical properties of ice, laboratory and field studies of ice actions on different structures, formulation of mathematical models and numerical simulations according to industry needs. Seminars are organized for students with mathematical background to gain experience with mathematical models and conceptions used for the description of ice-structure interactions and ideas for their further development.

Deadline for applications: 06 August 2017

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Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.



Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £227
  • Student Registration Package: £177

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so all successful applicants will need to source their own accommodation.  Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at Clare College. Participants on the or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.


This workshop is supported by

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University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons