The present project has been built to answer the above stated knowledge needs concerning materials behaviour under Arctic conditions.

A broad consortium of key players in the industry is now ready to participate with leading research actors to make this happen. The overall objective of the present project is to develop robust and cost effective materials and solutions for use in Arctic regions. The more specific scientific and academic sub-goals are:

  • Assessment platform (WP1): to establish a material database on a short term, with the incorporation of modelling options on a longer term.
  • Material characterization (WP2): to characterize different materials at low temperatures and at relevant loads. Structural and pipeline steels, polymers and polymer coatings, and light-weight materials (Al and multi-material hybrids) will be studied.
  • Advanced material models (WP2): to develop relevant models for materials' behaviour and degradation (constitutive, damage, and fracture models) at relevant temperatures and to verify and validate these with relevant solution techniques (e.g. towards accidental loads).
  • Technical Solutions (WP3): to demonstrate the ability of key technical solutions (e.g. welding, adhesive bonding, hybrid material solutions, ice-phobic coating)
  • Requirements (WP4): to develop knowledge-based design guidelines for all studied materials as basis for future standards for robust material design and use in the Arctic conditions.
  • Education (WP2-3): to educate 4 PhDs and 20 MScs
  • Public dissemination (WP2-3): to publish 20 papers in international journals, and 30 papers in international conferences.

Published January 8, 2010