The overall aim of the project is to create model enabling safer and more efficient shipping in arctic conditions.
"Our first tests showed that the new approach to testing of natural ice can be a valuable alternative or addition to laboratory testing, and certainly way closer to the real life conditions", says Andrzej Cwirzen, professor of building materials at Luleå University of Technology.
When an icebreaker crushes the ice at a port, the crushed ice remains and some end up between incoming ships and the quay. It is this problem that one wants to investigate to see what forces and movements are needed to effectively get the ship to the quay.
"The test showed a new successful application for our large scale rig in The Mining and Civil Engineering Lab which we normally use for testing rocks and soils" says Jan Laue. Professor in soil mechanics at Luleå University of Technology.
The project is a part of a larger international project “Ice operations” within Kolaractic program and cooperation between Luleå University of Technology, Sintef-Narvik - Norway, Narfu - Russia, FMI - Finland and Sjöfatsverket.