The NRC is testing and analyzing the performance of different designs of offshore oil platforms in various ice conditions.
- Evaluate the ice loads, ice pressure and ice accumulation on different gravity-based structure designs to identify which design would work best for offshore oil platforms in harsh Arctic conditions
- Provide a detailed analysis of the performance of different structure designs in various Arctic conditions
- Design and perform numerical simulations on 4 different structure designs of gravity-based structures
- Analyze structures with 2 and 3-dimensional simulations using the NRC's Particle-In-Cell numerical code
- Test each structure's design in 3 different pack ice and level ice conditions
- Outline the advantages and disadvantages of each structure design as it would operate in ice-covered water
- The analysis provided pros and cons for each design in terms of operation in ice-covered water. The information will help identify the design that works best for an offshore oil platform located in harsh Arctic conditions.
- The next step in the project will be for the NRC to prepare a risk analysis of the various designs.