Arttu Polojärvi

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Artistic and research interests

I am the associate professor (tenured) in ice mechanics in Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. My research focus is in numerical ice mechanics and failure processes of sea ice and my work can be applied on estimating ice loads on modern offshore structures, such as offshore wind turbines, and on studies on the impact of wind energy production on ice-covered sea areas. I also aim to link measurable, engineering-scale, mechanical behavior of sea ice to large-scale sea ice dynamics, important for understanding the effects of climate change on sea ice. An important part of my research in in active development of discrete element method-based numerical tools for ice mechanics, but I also perform experiments in to understand ice failure processes in detail or to validate numerical models. My research has a strong basis in solid and applied mechanics. I have taught numerous courses on engineering mechanics and ice engineering. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Aalto University

Award Date: 23 Apr 2013

Master's degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

Award Date: 26 Sept 2005


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