Safety of Industrial Development and Transportation Routes in the Arctic, 2015–2019 (SITRA)
Part of the HIGH NORTH PROGRAMME 2014. Sponsored by SIU.
Project number: HNP-2014/10008
Project period: 2015–2019
Funding: 1700 kNOK
Main partner institution outside Norway: Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN, St. John’s, Canada)
Project coordinator in Canada: Professor Rocky Taylor
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT, Moscow, Russia), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway), University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF, Fairbanks, USA) and Dartmouth College (DC, Hanover, USA).
We work in close cooperation with the Centre for Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology (SAMCoT) at NTNU, UNIS and SINTEF, Norway.
Short project summary
Growing industrial activity in coastal and offshore regions of the Arctic demands qualified specialists with deep knowledge of physical and mechanical processes which can influence safety of engineering constructions and ships and methods of risks reduction. The teaching procedure of future Arctic experts should include lectures on fundamentals of ice physics and hydromechanics, and lectures on Arctic offshore and coastal engineering, laboratory and fieldwork.
The project is focused on the following safety aspects: 1. estimates of ice actions on offshore and coastal structures, 2. description of dangerous ice phenomena for navigation in the High North regions, 3. probabilistic methods of risk estimates and practical methods of accident risks reduction.
The project will build up multi-international team of experts from five universities of Norway, Canada, US and Russia specialized in above formulated topics providing unique field based education in the Arctic at UNIS base in Svalbard. Project activities will include teaching and study on field based UNIS courses, performance of joint PhD and MSc projects at the bases of partner universities, participation in joint field works, workshops and international conferences. Teaching methodology will follow research and field based education strategy of UNIS.
Project results will be as follows: 10 PhD/MSc students highly qualified in Arctic Technology, published lecture notes, 2 workshops, participation in 3 International conferences, 10 scientific publications, 4–5 visits of Professors from partner universities per year, HSE education. The project will create good opportunities for the development of Norwegian educational system and long term multi international cooperation in Arctic technology.
UNIS: Testing of soil/ice properties
As it was planned preliminary for SITRA project prolongation, PhD student Artem Nesterov and Dr. Nikolay Vasilyev came to work in the lab with the samples prepared in May. UNIS prof. Aleksey Marchenko provided equipment and supervision.
They have 4 large samples of fresh and saline soil and ice to measure their deformations, temperature and acoustic emission caused by the changes of the room temperature and water freezing in cracks.
Adrii Murdza at UNIS again
DC PhD student Adrii Murdza came to UNIS to take part in fieldwork and make experiments, discussed in the meeting in St.John’s. It is his 5th visit to UNIS. During the meeting Andrii made overview of his participation in 3 cooperation projects: Murdza_SITRA MUN (PDF).
St. John’s (Canada): SITRA summing up
SITRA held the closing international project meeting in St. John’s (Canada), summarizing the project results and looking in future.
Participants: In the main photo from left: R. Taylor, R. Sarracino, I. Turnbul, A. Tremblet (MUN), N. Marchenko (UNIS), I. Gribanov (MUN), J. Brown (NRC), E. Schulson (DC), A. Marchenko (UNIS), R. Yulmetov (C-Core).
Prof. M. Johnson (UAF), A. Jensen (UiO), V. Zhmur (MIPT) and students from NTNU, MIPT, DC joined via Skype. SITRA students made presentations. Prof. A. Marchenko (UNIS), R. Taylor (MUN), E. Schulson (DC) made the public lectures for MUN faculty, NRC and C-Core.
Delft (Netherlands): POAC conference
Join SITRA/AOCEC project team participated in 25th Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions (POAC).
The conference gathered around 200 scientists from 30 countries and was held by Delft University of Technology. We made totally 8 presentations of papers published in the proceedings.
It was very nice to meet former SITRA students Andrii Murdza and Sabina Idrisova among the participants with presentations.
SITRA external PhD student Artem Nesterov (St. Petersburg) spent more than 10 days at UNIS and has prepared samples to investigate thermal expansion of frozen soil in the frame of the SITRA project. Two samples (40 kg each) consisting of clay and water (fresh and saline) and stored in the fridge.
Artem participated in the SMIDA project and studied at UNIS in 2015, taking the AT-211 and AT-332 courses. Late in 2017, he worked at UNIS on his MSc thesis «Temperature deformations of frozen soils in the foundations of hydrotechnical structures» in the frame of the SAMCoT project.
Now Artem is a PhD student at Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) and continues his research in frame of the SITRA prolongation.
The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) has granted the SITRA team additional funding for 2019, as a recognition of the success of the project.
In this extra year we plan to perform experiments on thermal extension of soil and organize a final workshop, summarizing project results.
MSc thesis defense
Two SITRA MSc students successfully defended their MSc thesis in the Lomonosov Moscow State University:
Eldar Khabibulin and Varvara Oreshkina participated in fieldwork in Svea this year. That was the 4th visit to UNIS for Eldar and the first for Varvara. They made ice testing and modelling. Eldar Khabibulin thesis title is “On equilibrium of confined elastic beam with a notch under three points bending”, Varvara’s thesis is entitled “Equilibrium of an elastic beam with a longitudinal notch under compression”.
The 7th “Svea expedition” has successfully finished and the team safely arrived back in Longyearbyen. In the photo: David Cole (retired from CRREL, USA),
Nataly Marchenko (UNIS), Mark Shortt (UCL,UK), Carl Renshaw (Dartmouth College, USA), Alexander Sakharov (MSU, Russia), Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS), Evgeny Karulin (SMTU, Russia) , Evgeny Morozov (P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russia), Ivan Ryzhov (AARI, Russia), Marina Karulina (KSRC,Russia), Kirill Filchuk (AARI, Russia), Varvara Oreshkina, Eldar Khabibulin, Vladimir Markov and Petr Chistyakov (all 4 from MSU).
The 7th “Svea expedition” has departed today from Longyearbyen to Svea to spend 2 weeks for field investigation of fast ice properties.
Among the participants this year are: 5 from Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1 from SMTU, 1 from Krylov State Research Centre, St.Petersburg, and 1 from the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Russia), 1 retired from Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL, USA), and 1 from University College London (UK).
With strong UNIS leading and logistic support, they will extend the work started in 2013 and continued last year: testing of the new rig, in-situ identational tests, beam test, compression-strength test; tide measurements.
SITRA students in spring 2018
There are 3 students studying at UNIS under the support of the SITRA project, all of these students have arrived from Russia, with one originally from Ukraine. From Lomonosov Moscow State University, returning student Eldar Khabibulin is back, and new student Varvara Oreshkina. There is one student from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology – Nikita Turko.
Eldar Khabibulin have completed the AT-332 course, taught by Dr. Aleksey Marchenko, and Nikita Turko is currently taking the AT-211 course. Varvara Oreshkina and Eldar Khabibulin are writing diplomas and taking part in fieldwork in Svea, as UNIS external MSc students.
SITRA student success
Sabina Idrisova – a SITRA student during autumn 2017 was granted an award at the International Arctic Summit “Arctic and offshore projects: prospects, innovations and development of regions” (Arctic 2018 SPb). The summit was held on February 15–16, 2018 in St. Petersburg at the St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University (SPbSMTU) and was devoted to the important aspects of the complex development of the Arctic.
In the photo: Sabina with Arseny Mitko (Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Chairman of the Council of Young Scientists of the North, Member of the Presidium of the Arctic Public Academy of Sciences).
SITRA project meeting at Lomonosov Moscow State University
We finalized SITRA and started AOCEC (new project, sponsored by RCN-SIU). The achievements, experience, lessons learned and plans for the future were discussed.
In the main photo, from left to right:
Professors: Tatyana Belyakova, Nikolay Diansky (MSU), Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS), Alexander Sakharov, Evgeny Lomakin (MSU), Vladimir Zhmur (MIPT), Petr Chistyakov, Vladimir Markov (MSU); Researchers: Dr. Yury Fomin (MIPT), Dr. Nataly Marchenko (UNIS); MSc students: Varvara Petrova, Eldar Khabibulin, Alexander Shelenkov (MIPT).
Anna Lukina – SITRA student for Autumn 2017
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russian Federation
Master student of Aerophysics and Space Research Department
Specialization: Thermohydromechanics of the ocean
Home town: Moscow, Russian Federation
Anna took the AT-332 course in Autumn 2017.
Amanda Ryan – SITRA student for Autumn 2017
Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada
Master of Civil Engineering Candidate
Master’s Thesis: Abrasion of Marine Concrete in Pack-ice Conditions
Home town: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Amanda took the AT-332 course in Autumn 2017.
Sabina Idrissova – SITRA student for Autumn 2017
Marine Technical University (SMTU), St. Petersburg, Russia.
Master student in the Shipbuilding and Ocean Technology Department (SMTU)
Home town: Uralsk, The Republic of Kazakhstan
Sabina took the AT-332 course in Autumn 2017.
Student project: Collaboration with enterprises
SITRA MSc students from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Eldar Khabibulin and Alexander Shelenkov continue their project as UNIS external MSc students in October–November 2017. On the request and in collaboration with Kværner they made simulation of two tasks important for offshore development in the Arctic. The first task simulates the load acting on structure of four cylinders standing on the platform from ice pieces. The second one is about influx of ice field on the wall. Eldar and Alexander work with Itasca PFC3D software, using the Distinct Element Method.
Look at the results of modeling here (PDF).
In November, Eldar and Alexander took part in the “Ice-structure interaction” workshop in Cambridge and got valuable knowledge and experience.
The new project “Arctic offshore and coastal engineering in changing climate” was supported by the Research Council of Norway within the frame of the INTPART programme. The project will inherit the SITRA project and continue the development of international collaboration (Norway, Canada, Russia, US) in Arctic engineering over the next three years (2018–2020).
Aleksey Marchenko is project leader.
NTNU, MIPT, Moscow State University, Memorial University, Dartmouth college, and Alaska University are in the team. CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK!
Read the list of supported projects here.
SITRA meeting in Cambridge
SITRA project participants met in Cambridge in November for a large annual meeting. They discussed the project development and future plans. Pictured in the indoor group photo are: Dave Cole (UNIS guest lecturer, 2016), Sergey Sukhorukov (Kværner, leading SITRA students in the project with enterprises, former MIPT-UNIS-NTNU student); Ridwan Hossain (MUN Msc student), Andrii Murdza (Dartmouth college PhD student, former SMIDA student), Rocky Taylor (MUN, SITRA leader from Canada), Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS, SITRA leader), Nataly Marchenko (UNIS, SITRA coordinator), Erland Schulson (Dartmouth college, SITRA leader from USA), Eldar Khabibulin (MSU, MSc student), Alexander Shelenkov (MSU, MSc student), Dmitry Onishchenko (VNIIGAZ, UNIS guest lecturer (2010–2017), Devinder Sodhi (UNIS guest lecturer 2013–2017).
Sea-ice structure interaction workshop
The main experts in the sea ice field gathered at Cambridge University for workshop and lectures. The workshop was held at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences as a part of the INI special programme “Mathematics of sea ice phenomena”.
Prof. Aleksey Marchenko is leader of the organizing committee.
SITRA students participated in the workshop with project support and presented their work in posters.
Seminar after lab and fieldwork
Reflection on this year’s (spring and autumn) field and lab activities. The key topics have been how to model the ice mechanical processes with known techniques and software, use the results of fieldwork and full-scale experiments. As a result of brain storming, a poster summarizing ice mechanical tests has been prepared. The poster will be presented later this month at Cambridge University during the Ice-Structure interaction workshop.
AT-332 Research and field based education
This week, Arctic Technology students worked in two groups, performing ice-mechanical tests in the lab and in-situ; analysis of thin sections of ice in the lab and computer modelling in Comsol Multiphysics. Work in the lake near Mine 7 was valuable experience in the term of participation in unique full-scale experiments, testing of resistance to cold conditions. The students afterwards made presentations to show obtained data and processing.
Early in October, students carried out current and sediment transport investigation in Adventfjorden on board the vessel “FARM”.
Investigation of fresh ice on lake
Ice conditions on the lake this year was good (thickness 30 cm, no snow) and the SITRA team managed to perform ice mechanical tests and try new equipment.
Participants: Visiting professors Alexander Sakharov and Petr Chistyakov (Moscow State University, prof. Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS), prof. Evgeny Karulin (State Marine Technical University of St.Petersburg, SMTU) and Andii Slyusarenko.
Students of the AT-332/832 course will come soon to take part in the work as a part of the study.
In the frame of project with enterprises Dr. Nataly Marchenko and PhD student Anna Pykhtina performed the laser scanning of runway and roads in Longyearbyen, using a Riegl VZ 1000 scanner. The processing of the data will give 3D point clouds and show unevenness of the surface and deformation under the influence of permafrost dynamics.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. FOMIN
Former SMIDA student Yury Fomin (Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology) defended his PhD thesis “Nonlinear effects of sea water wave intrusion into coastal underground aquifers of the tidal sea” yesterday.
Yury was an external UNIS PhD student (13 January–22 March 2013), passed the UNIS Safety Course, performed experiments in the cold lab, in Adventfjorden, participated in field investigation of sea ice, and took the first experience of teaching the bachelor students of the AT-211 course. Furthermore Yury took part in other SMIDA and SITRA activities, made presentations on workshops and inspired other MIPT students.
Six SITRA students at UNIS for the AT-332 course and project work in Autumn semester 2017
Five of these students have arrived from Russia, with one originally from Ukraine and one from Kazakhstan; and one student from Canada. From Lomonosov Moscow State University, returning students Eldar Khabibulin and Alexander Shelenkov are back. There are two students from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Anna Lukina and Anna Pykhtina. Lastly, Sabina Idrissova, from the St. Petersburg Marine Technical Institute and Amanda Ryan from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. All students have completed, or are currently taking, the AT-332 course, taught by Dr. Aleksey Marchenko.
Read more about the students here (PDF).
SITRA meeting in Moscow
Participants of SITRA gathered in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in September. They made presentations on project activities and got to know about current status and plans and development of international collaboration programmes in MIPT and MSU. Prof. Rocky Taylor held a presentation for MIPT students about the Memorial University and Canadian exploitation in the Arctic. Future SITRA students learned about the projects and daily life of UNIS.
See the meeting programme here (PDF).
Prof. Rocky Taylor visited Saint Petersburg marine technical university (SMTU), held a lecture and met students and staff involved in the SITRA project.
SMTU is a partner university in SITRA, and participated in the SMIDA project.
Students from SMTU regularly study at UNIS. One of them, Sabina Idrisova, will take the AT-332 course this year.
SITRA leaders prof. Aleksey Marchenko and Rocky Taylor took part in an education panel on the 13th International Conference and Exhibition for Oil and Gas Resources Development of the Russian Arctic and CIS Continental Shelf (RAO/CIC Offshore 2017) in Saint Petersburg (Russia). The conference is held every two years and summarizes undertaken works, assess perspectives, and new technologies. The best representatives of Russian and foreign companies speak on the conference. Rocky Taylor held a presentation about the SITRA project and Aleksey Marchenko talked about research and field based education at UNIS.
Artem Nesterov Defense and Graduation celebration
Former SMIDA student Artem Nesterov, who spent more than 1 year at UNIS, defended his MSc thesis at the Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU). Artem passed the UNIS courses AT-211 and AT-332 with SMIDA support. In winter 2017, Artem carried out experiments with frozen soil at the UNIS cold lab as an external UNIS MSc student.
The defense is a hard exam in SPbPU, but the celebration is really beautiful.
An article about the SITRA project has been published by Springer in the book “The Interconnected Arctic — UArctic Congress 2016”.
You can find the Open Access book (the paper is on page 269) via the webpage: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-57532-2
The paper is also available as a PDF file here.
Professor Aleksey Marchenko got the “Best paper” award on the 12th International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation (TransNav 2017). His paper “Investigation of sea currents in navigational straits of Spitsbergen” (prof. Zygmunt Kowalik is co-author) won among more than 237 accepted and presented papers. There were 280 participants from 62 countries on the conference. CONGRATULATIONS!
Prof. Zygmunt Kowalik (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) was at UNIS several times in 2012–2014, lecturing for the AT-332 course and doing fieldwork. That is how the collaboration started.
In the pictures on the left – photos from TransNAV conference, June 2017 and fieldwork in 2012–13 (prof. Aleksey Marchenko, prof. Zygmunt Kowalik, UAF-UNIS PhD student Dmitry Brazhnikov and students of AT-332).
Two MSc students from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Department of plasticity’s theory; Alexander Shelenkov and Eldar Khabibulin spent almost 2 months at UNIS in Autumn 2016. They took the AT-332 course and were doing computer modeling for bending of sea ice beam in COMSOL software and Itasca PFC software.
In spring 2017, they continue to work remotely.
See Alexander’s and Eldar’s report here (PDF).
Craig Martin, Master’s Student of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada (Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering) has spent almost 5 months at UNIS, following the AT-211 course in the frame of the SITRA project.
Read about Craig’s experience at UNIS and his impressions about the study here (PDF).
The MUN team returned to St. John’s after participation in the survey on Polarsyssel. They are
- Ian Turnbull, PhD: Ice Researcher at C-CORE and Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
- Ryan Crawford: Master’s student at MUN in Environmental Science, Faculty of Science.
- Erik Veitch: Master’s student at MUN in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
Professor Ian Turnbull from the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) held a lecture series at the AT-211 course in week 16.
After teaching, Ian took part in the survey on board Polarsyssel.
Students from the AT-211 course and researchers spent an unforgettable 8 days in the Barents Sea on board of governor’s ship Polarsyssel.
SITRA team included Prof. Aleksey Marchenko and Dr. Nataly Marchenko (UNIS), Dr. Petr Chistyakov (MSU); Prof. Ian Turnbull and MSc students Erik Veitch, Ryan Crawford, and Craig Martin (MUN).
Among guest researchers were an AUV group from Cambridge University under Prof. Peter Wadham’s supervising and Prof. Junji Sawamura from Osaka University.
The SITRA project was presented on the Arctic Science Summit Week in Prague, Czech Republic as a continuation of international collaboration in Arctic Technology at UNIS in the frame of SIU projects SMIDA (2012–2015) and SafeLOT (2010–2012), expanding overseas.
Together with colleagues, Nataly and Aleksey Marchenko showed the quintessence of research-field base education at UNIS, where the surrounding environment is used as a natural laboratory.
During 3 days, students of the AT-211 course had a unique opportunity to join an international scientific group (led by prof. Aleksey Marchenko, UNIS) and learn in-the-field conditions of ice mechanics and applied oceanology, and to run full-scale tests. The weather cooperated the whole way. The students also had an interesting excursion to Kapp Amsterdam Coal port to see industrial objects in Arctic conditions and sea ice impact on the structures.
See more photos on the Arctic Technology page on Facebook.
Dartmouth college prof. Carl Renshaw had his second visit to UNIS in the frame of SITRA project (the first was in May 2016). During the visit he held a lecture series for the students on the AT-211 course, discussed future research with the UNIS team, and participated shortly in the fieldwork in Svea, making experiments on permeability together with prof. A. Marchenko.
The 5th “Svea expedition” has departed today from Longyearbyen to Svea to spend 2 weeks for field investigation of fast ice properties.
Among the participants this year are: 2 from Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1 from Osaka University, 1 retired from Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), 2 from Krylov State Research Centre, St.Petersburg, and 1 from the Russian State Oceanographic Institute.
With strong UNIS leading and logistic support, they will extend the work started in 2013 and continued last year: testing of the new rig, in-situ identational tests, beam test, compression-strength test; tide measurements.
University of Alaska prof. Mark Johnson visited UNIS for the second time in the frame of SITRA project on week 6 (his first visit was in May 2015).
During the visit he held a lecture series for the students on the AT-211 course, discussed future research with the UNIS team, and observed an experiment with frozen soil, running in the UNIS cold lab by the group from VNIIG under prof. A. Marchenko supervising.
The new semester started at UNIS 9 January 2017 with a whole week of safety courses. Approximately 100 new students came. Among them were Craig Martin from Memorial University (Canada), supported by the SITRA project. Craig will take the AT-211 course and make numerical modelings.
Photo: Professor Aleksey Marchenko and Craig Martin during their first meeting at the Arctic Technology Department.
Congratulations to Dr. Yulmetov
Renat Yulmetov defended his PhD thesis today. More info on the thesis can be found in the UNIS press release “Icebergs in broken sea ice”.
Renat was a UNIS course student in 2009–2010, supported by the SIU project SafeLOT (a SITRA ancestor) and an Arctic Technology PhD student for SAMCoT in 2012–2015. It is quite symbolic that Renat now works as Postdoc in C-CORE/Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.
Photo: Renat with his defense committee (Akihisa Konno (Kogakuin University, Tokyo), Knut Høyland (NTNU), Renat, Pentti Kujala (Aalto University, Helsinki), Dmitry Onishchenko (VNIIGAZ, Moscow), Sveinung Løset (NTNU), Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS).
Professor Rocky Taylor teaching at UNIS
The SITRA project leader from the Canadian side spent 2 days teaching at UNIS. He shared the rich Newfoundland experience in iceberg towing during a lecture series for students on the AT-211 course. Rocky Taylor also discussed computer modeling issues with two MSc Students from MSU who made similar modelings as Rocky’s students in MUN.
Photo: Rocky Taylor with students after the lecture.
Lab week at UNIS
Guest researchers from Russia carried out experiments in the UNIS cold lab together with students. They performed indentation and uniaxial compression tests in the lab, analysis of thin sections of ice in the lab, and computer modelling of beam test in Comsol Multiphysics.
Photo: After successful tests. From left: prof. Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS), visiting professors Petr Chistyakov and Alexander Sakharov (Moscow State University, MSU), MSc students Alexander Shelenkov and Eldar Khabibulin (MSU) and prof. Evgeny Karulin (State Marine Technical University of St.Petersburg, SMTU).
SITRA held a project meeting in St. John’s (Canada), discussing project development and plans for 2017.
Participants: A. Marchenko (UNIS), R. Taylor (MUN), E. Schulson (DC), R. Lubbad (NTNU), N. Marchenko (UNIS, via Skype), V. Zhmur (MIPT, via Skype), I. Kondaurova (MIPT, via Skype), M. Johnson (UAF, via Skype), I. Turnbull (MUN).
Profs. A. Marchenko (UNIS), R. Taylor (MUN), E. Schulson (DC), and R. Lubbad (NTNU) also took part in the Educational panel in the frame in Arctic Technology conference at the Memorial University.
Russian students at the Arctic Technology Department in Autumn 2016
There are three Russian students in the department in this semester. Other SITRA participant (US and Canada) are unfortunately not represented.
Stanislav Sirotkin (on the left) is a 3rd year student of the Kola branch of Petrozavodsk State University. Stanislav takes the UNIS courses AT-209 and AT-210. He got support from the North2North program of UArctic.
Eldar Khabibulin and Alexander Shelenkov are 5th year students of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Departments of theory of plasticity. They both have SITRA support and take the AT-332 course.
A former SITRA student, Andrii Murdza, who spent almost 2 years at UNIS, has started his PhD (Graduate) programme at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth on “The physical mechanisms underlying the fatigue of ice” in September 2016. Erland Schulson is his supervisor. Prospective duration of this programme is 3 years.
The SITRA project has been presented on the 1st Congress of the University of the Arctic
The UArctic congress in St. Petersburg (Russia) gathered 450 participants from all Arctic and “interested in the Arctic” countries. There were 205 scientific presentations. Coordinator of SITRA, Nataly Marchenko, held the presentation “Safety of Industrial Development and Transportation Routes in the Arctic – collaboration project for research and education of future High North experts” on the session 4.6 “Gaining a better understanding and awareness of the Arctic through education and outreach”.
Participants of the SITRA project gathered at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, US) during the IAHR Symposium on Ice and discussed the development of SITRA and plans for the future. They made 10 oral presentations on IAHR and Prof. A. Marchenko was invited as key note lecturer. The papers have been published in the Symposium Proceeding.
See the list of SITRA team presentations here (PDF).
In the photo: E. Karulin (SMTU), E. Schulson (Darthmouth C.) A. Marchenko (UNIS), K. Høyland (NTNU), I. Turnbul (MUN), N. Marchenko (UNIS), A. Murdza (MIPT-UNIS).
SITRA Ms student Andrii Murdza (MIPT) visited the Memorial University (St. Johns, Canada), and met with Prof. Rocky Taylor (SITRA project leader from Canada).
As a continuation of his project work, Andrii made numerical simulations of thermodynamic consolidation of ice rubble in Comsole Multiphysics together with R. Taylor and E. Bailey (MUN).
During his week in Longyearbyen, Carl Renshaw (professor of Dartmouth College, USA) participated in the experiment at UNIS cold lab and in short fieldwork for fresh ice sampling on the lake.
The experiments with cycling loading of ice samples represent ice floe which is subjected to the continue bending deformations. It will help to get knowledge about increasing of ice strength.
Carl Renshaw, Professor of Dartmouth College (USA) made a series of lectures for students of the AT-211 course.
He has been teaching about fundamental and ice fracture mechanics and shared his and his colleagues’ experience in lab experiments with fresh and saline ice.
SIU Seminar in Oslo.
Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education held the final seminar for the Cooperation Programme with Russia in Oslo, 11–12 May. SITRA participants (A. Marchenko, V. Zhmur, N. Marchenko, I. Kondaurova) shared the experience of the previous SMIDA project and presented the new current SITRA project, which continues the fruitful collaboration.
Andrii Murdza – SITRA Master Student from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
Andrii works on the “project with involvement from enterprises”, in collaboration with KVÆRNER.
Read about his Master project (to be defended in June 2016): Investigation of ice strength properties from in-situ experiments and numerical modelling (PDF)
Pavel Makin – SITRA student from State Marine Technical University of Saint-Petersburg (SMTU).
He takes two UNIS courses in the Arctic Technology Department; AT-205 “Frozen Ground Engineering for Arctic Infrastructures” & AT-211 “Ice Mechanics, Loads on Structures and Instrumentation”.
Read about Pavel’s experience here (PDF).
During almost 3 days, students of the AT-211 course had a unique opportunity to learn ice mechanics and applied oceanology, participating in the investigations of an international scientific group (led by prof. Aleksey Marchenko, UNIS), who worked in Svea during 2 weeks.
See the photo report “RESEARCH FIELD BASE EDUCATION IN REALITY”.
Full scale tests in Svea
Because of a very warm winter and absence of ice in Van Mijenfjorden, researchers carried out investigations of ice properties on Vallunden lake, which is connected to the fjord by a narrow strait. The weather conditions cooperated and were not so harsh as usual, so the work was successful.
The 4th “Svea expedition” has departed today from Longyearbyen to Svea to spend 2 weeks for field investigation of fast ice properties. They will extend the work started in 2013 and continued last year: testing of the new rig, in-situ identational tests, beam test, compression-strength test; CTD, ADCP profiling, tide measurements.
Among the participants this year are: 1 from University College London, 2 from Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2 from Krylov State Research Centre, St.Petersburg, and 1 from Shirshov Institute of Oceanology. With strong UNIS leading and logistic support.
Russian students at the Arctic Technology Department
There are twelve Russian students in the department at present. They mostly have support from SIU programs (SITRA project one of them). 2 students are from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), 2 students are from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), 1 student from Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU), 1 student from Saint-Petersburg State Marine Technical University (SMTU), 1 PhD-student from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the largest group (5 students) from Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU). On the photo bottom row (from left to right): Aleksandr Orlov (MSU), Evgenii Salganik (NTNU), Sergey Bokovnya (SPbPU) and Ivan Marchenko (MSU); In the middle row: Artem Nesterov (SPbPU), Irina Akimova (RSHU), Svetlana Lisova (MIPT) and Valeriia Efimova (SPbPU); And on the top: Pavel Vlasov (SPbPU), Pavel Makin (SMTU), Maria Parfenova (MIPT) and Aleksandr Karelov (SPbPU).
Andrii Murdza is a Master student at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and external Master student at UNIS for the SITRA project. He took the courses AT-301, AT-327 and AT-332 in autumn 2014; AT-211 and AT-307F in spring 2015.
During spring 2015, he also worked on his master project “Investigation of ice strength properties from in-situ experiments and numerical modeling”. During that period he participated in “Svea expedition” and scientific cruise on board the vessel “Bjorkhaug”. In Autumn 2015, he worked on the problem “Analytical methods for the calculation of loads on the moving structure in ice channel with broken ice” which is related to cooperation with industry as a part of the SITRA project.
Before arriving in Longyearbyen, Andrii spent several days in Oslo for consultation with our industrial partner Kværner.
Russian students at the Arctic Technology Department in Autumn Semester 2015, supported by different collaborations/exchange programmes.
Anton Butenko (PhD student in the Space Research Institute, Moscow) Pavel Kuznetcov, Ilia Grabko, Valeriia Efimova, Artem Nesterov, Aleksandr Karelov (Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Politechnic University, SPbPU), Irina Arkhipova (Polar Academy, St.Petersburg), Andrii Murdza (MIPT), Olesia Mikhailova (National Mineral Resources University – Minung University, St.Petersburg), Maria Parfenova (MIPT).
Investigation of fresh ice on the lake
In the photo: Preparation to the tests. From left:
Visiting professors Alexander Sakharov (Moscow State University, MSU), MSc Student Andrii Murdza (MIPT), Prof. Petr Chistyakov (MSU), prof. Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS) and prof. Evgeny Karulin (State Marine Technical University of St.Petersburg, SMTU).
SITRA MSc student Andrii Murdza is involved in the experiments. Students of AT-332/832 course will come soon to take part in the work as a part of the study.
Arctic Technology previous students worked in 4 groups, performing indentation test in the lab and in-situ; beam test in-situ, fracture toughness test in-situ, uniaxial compression test in the lab, analisis of thin sections of ice in the lab; computer modelling of beam test in Comsol Multiphysics.
The first SITRA meeting, NTNU, Trondheim
All institutions of the project were presented. The participants of the meeting have discussed the plans for the SITRA project development, involvement and schedule, especially field season of spring 2016 and elaboration of courses. We met just after the successful POAC 15 conference, inspired by scientific discussion and fruitful cooperation in the frames of other projects.
In the photo, from left: PhD Students Sergey Kulyakhtin and Torodd Nord (NTNU), Prof. Aleksey Marchenko (UNIS), Prof. Rocky Taylor (MUN), Dr. Nataly Marchenko (UNIS), Prof. Erland Schulson, (Dartmouth College), Prof. Sveinung Løset and Prof. Knut Høyland (NTNU), PhD student Åse Ervik (NTNU), Prof. Vladimir Zhmur and MSc. Irina Kondaurova (MIPT), Prof. Dean Stockwell (UAF).