RESEARCH PAPERS: Arctic Engineering

Reference Strength of Ice to be Used in Designing Offshore Structures

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A. L. Tunik

American Bureau of Shipping, Paramus, N.J. 07652

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 110(4), 414-420 (Nov 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3257081 History: Received January 01, 1986; Revised November 25, 1987; Online October 30, 2009


The strength of ice depends on many factors. If they are known, the strength can be predicted with an acceptable accuracy. When designing an offshore structure, a designer usually has to select appropriate values of ice strength from incomplete, uncertain and random observation data for the site-specific ice environment. In this paper, a simplified method of selecting such values is described. A reference value of compressive strength is presented as an analytical function of averaged site-specific environmental parameters and offshore structure dimensions which are usually available to the designer.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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