GPU Modeling of Ship Operations in Pack Ice

Quinton, Bruce and Daley, Claude and Alawneh, Shadi G. and Peters, Dennis (2012) GPU Modeling of Ship Operations in Pack Ice. In: International Conference and Exhibition on Performance of Ships and Structures in Ice (ICETECH 2012), September 17-20, 2012, Banff, Alberta.

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The paper explores the use of an event-mechanics approach to assess vessel performance in pack ice. The methodology is developed using massively parallel programming strategies on a GPU enabled workstation. A set of simulation domains, each containing hundreds of discrete and interacting ice floes is modeled. A simple vessel is modeled as it navigates through the domains. Each ship-ice collision is modeled, as is every ice-ice contact. Time histories of resistance, speed and position are presented along with the parametric sensitivities. The results are compared to published data from analytical, numerical and scale model tests. The work is part of a large research project at Memorial University called STePS2 (Sustainable Technology for Polar Ships and Structures).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Item ID: 6227
Keywords: ice forces, pack ice, simulation, GPU, event-mechanics
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: 19 September 2012
Date Type: Completion

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