Aalto Ice Tank

Facility/Equipment: Facility


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

Aalto Ice Tank is a 40 m × 40 m 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.

Available for users outside Aalto University

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