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The VI International Winter School Ice Mechanics 2020 at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) will be held with the participation of students from Russia, Iran, and Korea from February 10 to 16. A lecture course on ice physics and methods for studying its properties has been developed for them. Practical classes will be organized in the frozen waters of Novik Bay.
During the training, participants will gain experience working with testing equipment to determine the physical and mechanical properties of ice. The experiments will take place in full-scale and in laboratory conditions, their results will contribute to improving knowledge of the design of the ice load design parameters.
“Ice is a unique material; therefore, the study of its physical and mechanical properties requires systematic, long-term observations. In the practical part of our classes, we will teach students to determine the strength and heterogeneity of the ice cover, salinity, and density of ice, to describe its structure. This knowledge will further help engineers and designers build ships and build reliable and durable structures for working in the Arctic”, said Tatyana Uvarova, Winter School manager, Professor of the Department of Hydrotechnics, Theory of Buildings and Structures of the FEFU School of Engineering.
The scientist noted that on the unique equipment of the Ice Research laboratory, several complex and relevant works can be performed to determine the resistance of building materials to the abrasive effect of ice. The research results are used in the design of offshore ice-resistant platforms, floating structures, and vessels with various types of coatings.
Since 2015, Far Eastern Federal University has been conducting Ice Schools within the framework of the Arctic International Scientific and Educational Center. The aim of the project is to create a center of excellence in the field of Arctic technologies for developing resources of the World Ocean. Statistics from Ice Mechanics schools are used in the construction of ships and drilling platforms in the Arctic.