Aalto Ice Tank

Aalto Ice tank is a multipurpose basin, which is ideally suited for testing ships and other maritime structures in ice conditions.
Aalto Ice Tank

Aalto University plays a leading role in Finnish and international Arctic technology research and education. The unique facility Aalto Ice Tank, established early 1980’s, has been thoroughly renovated and upgraded since 2015. The tank will be opened for researchers and industrial partners in autumn 2018.

Aalto Ice Tank is a 40 m × 40 m, and 2.8 m deep, water basin equipped with a cooling system and equipment to produce model-scale sea ice. The model scale ice is fine grained and generated through a spraying process. Typical experiments in the tank include resistance, propulsion, and manoeuvring tests of ships in ice, tests on ice loads on marine structures, and modeling of natural ice formations, such as ice ridges, but the facility enables a wide range of experiments on the physical phenomena related to sea ice.

The Aalto Ice Tank is unique in Europe because of its dimensions and, in particular, its large width. While the infrastructure is called an ice tank, the facility is multifunctional and can also be used for open water tests. The basin has wave makers that allow research on problems related to ice and waves. Aalto Ice Tank is an open access facility and available for use for academic professionals and industrial experts according to our access guidelines and pricing principles.

Current Activities:

  • The Aalto Ice Tank has been under renovation and was upgraded significantly for future research.
  • The Aalto Ice Tank is part of the EU-H2020 project HYDRALAB+. In the Transnational Access work package researchers can apply to conduct their research, funded by the EU, at the Aalto Ice Tank. Additional information is found here:
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