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Wind Drift, Breakdown and Pile up of the Ice Field

Version 1 : Received: 10 May 2023 / Approved: 10 May 2023 / Online: 10 May 2023 (14:34:22 CEST)

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Goncharov, V.K. Wind Drift, Breakdown, and Pile up of the Ice Field. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11, 1227. Goncharov, V.K. Wind Drift, Breakdown, and Pile up of the Ice Field. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11, 1227.


Article contents the analytical model of the drift of a separate ice field under action of wind and current, which velocities and directions can vary during time. Model takes into account the mass of ice, added mass of sea water and the effects of the wind and current on the ice field in form the friction on its upper and underwater surfaces and frontal resistance on its end (forward and backward) surfaces. Results of performed the steady wind drift of the ice fields modelling show the drift velocity exceeds considerable known velocity of a compact ice cover wind drift. Drifting ice field has the certain kinetic energy that should be released when collision with unmovable obstacle and spent on brittle breakdown of part of the ice field. Volume of formed small ice pieces (fragments of ice field) was estimated by comparison of the specific energy of the sea ice brittle destruction and the kinetic energy of drifting ice field. Article presents the results of estimation of possible volume of the ice pieces and the scales of formed piles as result of collision with an obstacle depending on initial dimensions of ice field and wind speed. Developed models and the results of computer modelling can be used to estimate the ice pile sizes near the stationary platforms and terminals on the Arctic seas.


breakdown; collision; current; drift; ice field; ice fragment; pile; resistance; wind


Engineering, Marine Engineering

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