Fluid-structure interaction of a large ice sheet in waves
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd With global warming, the ice-covered areas in the Arctic are being transformed into open water. This provides increased impetuses for extensive maritime activities and attracts research interests in sea ice modelling. In the polar region, ice sheets can be several kilometres long and subjected to the effects of ocean waves. As its thickness to length ratio is very small, the wave response of such a large ice sheet, known as its hydroelastic response, is dominated by an elastic deformation rather than rigid body motions. In the past 25 years, sea ice hydroelasticity has been widely studied by theoretical models; however, recent experiments indicate that the ideal assumptions used for these theoretical models can cause considerable inaccuracies. This work proposes a numerical approach based on OpenFOAM to simulate the hydroelastic wave-ice interaction, with the Navier-Stokes equations describing the fluid domain, the St. Venant Kirchhoff solid model governing the ice deformation and a coupling scheme to achieve the fluid-structure interaction. Following validation against experiments, the proposed model has been shown capable of capturing phenomena that have not been included in current theoretical models. In particular, the developed model shows the capability to predict overwash, which is a ubiquitous polar phenomenon reported to be a key gap. The present model has the potential to be used to study wave-ice behaviours and the coupled wave-ice effect on marine structures.

Sea ice


Fluid-structure interaction



Ocean surface wave


Luofeng Huang

University College London (UCL)

Kang Ren

University College London (UCL)

Minghao Li

Željko Tuković

Sveučilište u Zagrebu

Philip Cardiff

University College Dublin

Giles Thomas

University College London (UCL)

Ocean Engineering

0029-8018 (ISSN)

Vol. 182 102-111


Meteorologi och atmosfärforskning





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