Cold regions technologies and services

NRC Arctic Technologies Program has expertise in solving ice engineering problems through the use of field studies, laboratory studies, data mining and numerical models. NRC has the most complete set of information on ice loads in the world. They use this information along with appropriate field measurement programs to ensure that their solutions to cold regions problems are addressed with real-world information.

NRC's Arctic Technologies numerical modelling tools have been used to study many ice engineering issues, such as predicting the ice loads and ice failure patterns around bridge piers and offshore platforms in the Caspian and Beaufort Seas. The results have been used for design, and developing safe evacuation procedures from offshore structures. NRC's Arctic Technologies physical modelling capabilities include an ice tank and cold room that have been used to examine ice loads on the Confederation Bridge piers, offshore platforms and wind turbines, as well as investigating the effects of ice scouring a seabed. This combination of techniques - field data, field studies, numerical and physical modelling - provides the tools necessary for addressing a wide-range of ice problems.

Image of a person taking measurements of Sea Ice Temperatures

Measurement of sea ice temperatures

Image of Ice Interaction with Cook Inlet Platform

Ice interaction with Cook Inlet platform