An experimental model of wave-induced motions of an ice floe

M. H. Meylan, A. Toffoli, L. G. Bennetts, C. Cavaliere, A. Alberello, A. V. Babinin

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Approximately ten per cent of the ocean surface is frozen into a layer of sea ice. Ocean surface waves penetrate deep into the ice-covered ocean. Waves breakup the ice, cause ice floes to raft and contribute to formation of new ice. They hence play a key role in extent and strength of the ice cover. An experimental model of wave-ice interactions was implemented using the wave basin facility at Plymouth University. A single floe was subjected to monochromatic waves, using different amplitudes and frequencies. Two different synthetic materials were used to model the ice. Only a loose mooring restricted the floe. The elastic plate motion was measured using a non-intrusive motion tracking system and the depth of fluid on the plate surface was measured simultaneously. Preliminary results in which the experimental measurements are compared to a two dimensional thin elastic plate model are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014
PublisherAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Society
ISBN (Electronic)9780646596952
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 8 Dec 201411 Dec 2014

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NameProceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014


Conference19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014

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