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Naval Ship Maneuverability in Ice

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Applied Vehicle Technology

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Arctic Operations, Cold Region Operations, Ice Loads, Ice Navigation, Ice-Capable Propulsors, Maneuverability, Polar Operations, Stability


In the coming decades, the Arctic Ocean will be increasingly accessible and more broadly used by Arctic and non-Arctic nations seeking the Region’s abundant resources and trade routes. A similar trend is expected in the Southern Ocean. To support these increases in activity, ongoing and new research will be needed to enable improved surface ship safety and operability in Arctic and Antarctic regions. Increased military presence will require implementation of new technologies appropriate for high-latitude operations to understand and improve operability of non-ice-strengthened ships. In this RTG, an assessment will be made of the limitations of current surface ship platforms to conduct Arctic and Antarctic Operations safely and effectively, and identify and foster emerging technologies to improve current and future ship designs.


The objective of the proposed RTG is to develop the means to assess and improve upon limitations of current surface ship platforms to conduct high-latitude operations safely and effectively with specific focus on efforts to improve upon the maneuverability of non-ice-strengthened ships in regions with floating sea ice. Furthermore, the aim of the RTG is to de-risk naval operations in high latitudes by developing validated computational methods to assess the ice-going capability of non-ice strengthened warships and by developing shipboard sensors and operator guidance systems to facilitate safe and effective navigation in ice.


• Ship-ice interaction for non-ice strengthened ships • Ice-capable propulsors • Ice accretion and stability • Navigation and sea ice detection

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