Wedge impact with the influence of ice

Yang Chen, Tatyana Khabakhpasheva, Kevin J. Maki, Alexander Korobkin

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This work presents a canonical study on a wedge entering water near a single piece of ice using computational-fluid-dynamics (CFD) and a Wagner-type theoretical model with corrections for non-linear effects. Calculations for a series of conditions with ice of different sizes and locations relative to the wedge are conducted. The hydrodynamic force due to impact, the pressure distribution on the wedge surface, and the pile-up phenomenon are examined to study the role of ice in the impact process. The theoretical model is shown to be accurate and can serve as a useful method to assess slamming loads under the influence of ice. It is shown that even for the case of a small piece of ice, the slamming force on the wedge can increase by 30%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-22
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Ocean Research
Early online date18 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Water entry
  • Wedge impact with ice

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