Experimental Study of Ice Booms: An Attempt to Understand the Structures that Keep Ice at Bay
Thursday, May 20, 2021
2:00 PM EST
University of Manitoba’s Price Faculty of Engineering representatives will share their investigation of ice booms using experimental methods. Specifically, the objective is to quantify the flow around cylindrical ice booms. Using state-of-the-art particle imagery velocimetry facilities at the University of Manitoba, the flow surrounding small-scale models is being analyzed. Results of the study may be directly applicable to the design of ice booms. The hydraulic effects of ice booms are largely unknown, despite their various commercial applications. Many northern hydroelectric generating stations rely on booms to increase operational efficiency during winter months by stabilizing forebay ice conditions. Moreover, booms are commonly used to enhance wintertime river navigation by preventing surface ice from entering navigation channels.
Top 3 Lessons
1. Learn common commercial applications of ice booms
2. Gain an appreciation for the hydraulic effects of ice booms and how these effects may be considered in design
3. Understand how particle imagery velocimetry can be used to study ice booms and other waterway structures
Shawn Clark, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Price Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba
Karen Dow, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Price Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba
Graduate Student, Department of Civil Engineering, Price Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba
Winner of the 2020 CDA Scholarship Award.