Department of Mechanical Engineering


Due to global warming, the scientific, industrial, and political interest in the arctic and antarctic is very high. This includes the interest on sea ice, which is becoming thinner and warmer. In order to understand the changes in the sea ice, and to decrease the risks in arctic marine operations, we need to understand physics and mechanics of sea ice.
Aalto Ice Tank Model Scale Ship

Aims and Scope

The objective of the IUTAM Symposium on Physics and Mechanics of Sea Ice is to bring together researchers who have made significant contributions in the study of sea ice to discuss the recent achievements and ideas for further work. The symposium is also open to those from other disciplines who might accelerate progress or even provide new pathways. In order to facilitate in-depth discussions, the symposium focuses on the following five topics:

  1. Fracture of ice
  2. Thermodynamics of sea ice ridges
  3. Global and local ice loads on ships and marine structures
  4. Computational ice engineering and ice mechanics
  5. Physical and engineering problems related to ice and waves

This symposium will be the fourth IUTAM Symposium on sea ice. The earlier ones were in Copenhagen, Denmark (1979); in St. John's, Canada (1989), and in Fairbanks, USA (2000).


The symposium will be held in Dipoli (, the main building of Aalto University. Aalto University campus located is in Espoo, about 10km from the center of Helsinki, Finland. Aalto University can be easily reached from the Helsinki airport and – by using the new metro line – from downtown Helsinki. The campus area is rapidly growing and is famous for the architecture and for the concentration of high technology.


Registration for the symposium is now open. Please register by using our online registration system at Deadline for the registration is April 15, 2019. The registration fee of 400€ includes a get-together event in a nearby natural park, lunches and coffees for five days, and the conference dinner. If you have any questions concerning the registration, please send email to [email protected].

For registration, an administration fee of 50€ will be applied to all cancellations made by April 30, 2019. No refunds will be made for cancellations made after April 30, 2019 and there will be no refund for no-shows. All cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected]


A number of rooms have been reserved at Radisson Blu Hotel at Aalto campus ( The price of a single room is 123 €/night, and the price of a double room is 153 €/night. To book a room, please contact the hotel through [email protected]. You need to use the code IUTAMAALTO to get the price listed above. There are also other accommodation options close to the Aalto campus in the Helsinki region.

Call for Papers

Authors wishing to contribute to the Symposium are invited to submit a one-page abstract, clearly stating the objectives, results and conclusions of the work to be discussed in the presentation. Deadline for the abstract submission in January 31, 2019. Please send your abstract by email to [email protected]

As the goal of IUTAM symposia is to achieve an effective communication between the participants, there will be no parallel sessions, and the number of both active participants and presentations is limited. The number of presentations in this symposium is limited to 25. The participants will be selected by the Scientific Committee on the basis of scientific merits only.

The papers selected will be published in the symposium proceedings in IUTAM Bookseries by Springer.

Key Dates

Submission of Abtracts

January 31, 2019

Notification of Acceptance

February 28, 2019

Registration deadline

April 15, 2019

Hotel registration deadline

March 15, 2019


June 3-7, 2019

Paper deadline

September 30, 2019


The symposium schedule is shown below. Minor changes are possible and the schedule below will be continuously updated.


June 3, 2019


June 4, 2019


June 5, 2019


June 6, 2019


June 7, 2019

09:00 – 10:00

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00 Opening

Scourfield, Lishman & Sammonds:

Sea Ice Dynamics: The Role of Broken Ice in Multi-scale Deformation

Aksenov et al.:

Safer Operations in Changing Ice-Covered Seas: Approaches and Perspectives

Taylor, Hossain & Gribanov:

Scale Effects during Ice-Structure Interactions and Implications for Design


Application of Physically-Based Modeling to Ice Structure Interaction and Investigation of Better Fluid Force Treatment

10:00 – 11:00


The Fracture of ice


Ice Fracture

Yamaguchi, Kimura & De Silva:

Sea ice forecast studies for ice navigation support in the Arctic


 Ridge Load on the Monopile – a Comparison Between FEM-CEL –Simulations and ISO 19906


Physics-Based Modelling of Ice Actions and Action Effects on Marine Structures

11:00 – 11:30






11:30 – 12:30


 Consistent Ice-Crushing Physics at Small and Large Scales: From Ice Skating to Ice-Induced Vibration of Structures


Ice Action on Ship Hull


Discrete-element modeling

of wave-induced floe–floe collisions and collision-induced wave attenuation

Rynders, Aksenov, Feltham & Nurser:

Impact of granular behaviour of fragmented sea ice on marginal ice zone dynamics

Polojärvi, Ranta & Tuhkuri:  Statistics of Ice Loads on Inclined Marine Structures based on Numerical Experiments

12:30 – 13:30






13:30 – 14:30

Murdza, Schulson & Renshaw: Fatigue of Sea Ice: Classical and Non-Classical Behavior


Full Scale Measurements - A Challenging Tool to Determine Design Ice Loads for Ships


Wave-in-Ice Models and Experimental Observations


Consolidation of ice ridges

14:30 – 15:30

Kolari & Kouhia:

Strength of Ice in Brittle Regime - Multiscale Modelling Approach


Ice structure interaction with floaters

Rabault, Sutherland, Marchenko & Jensen:

Diving into the Physics of Wave-Ice interaction: recent evidences of complex viscous dynamics

Shortt & Sammonds:

The Influence of Gravity Drainage on the Formation and Salinity Development of Freeze-Bonds in Saline Ice

15:30 – 16:00





16:00 – 17:00

Stavrianaki, Shortt & Sammonds:

A Statistical and Mechanical Analysis of Ice Friction Experiments using Acoustic Emissions

Visit to the Aalto Ice Tank


Thermo-Hydro Dynamics of Sea Ice Ridges


17:30 Bus to Haltia

18:00 – 20:30 Get Together

18:00 Boat to Vasikkasaari

18:30 – 22:00 Symposium Dinner

One hour has been reserved for each talk: 40 min for presentations and 20 min for discussions. We plan to video record all the talks and store them on the symposium website at Aalto server. If you prefer that your talk is not recorded or stored, please let us know.

To ensure smooth program, please send your presentation as a pdf-file latest on Wednesday, May 29th to the email address [email protected].

Scientific Committee

Jukka Tuhkuri, Finland, Chairman

John Dempsey, USA

Sveinung Loset, Norway

Peter Sammonds, UK

Vernon Squire, New Zealand

Robert Gagnon, Canada

Hajime Yamaguchi, Japan

Robert McMeeking, Canada, IUTAM Representative

Local Organising Committee

Hanyang Gong

Ida Lemström

Arttu Polojärvi

Jukka Tuhkuri

Social Program

A Get-Together event is arranged on Monday evening. We will visit Haltia, a nature center in a natural park in northern Espoo. There will be bus transportation from the campus and back. At Haltia some food and drinks will be served and you will have the possibility to look at the exhibition and also take a stroll in the forest if the weather is good. (

The Symposium Dinner will be on Wednesday evening at Restaurant Gula Villan on a small island. There will be boat transportation from the campus and back. (

It you have dietary restrictions, please send an email to [email protected].

Computer Facilities

There is two wireless networks for visitors at Aalto University: Aalto Open without identification or encryption, and Eduroam for those who have the ID from an eduroam partner.

Contact and Further Information

For more information send an email to [email protected] or contact Jukka Tuhkuri or Arttu Polojärvi directly by email ([email protected]).

Delegate Survey Questionnaire

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