Based on cohesive element method (CEM), the continuous icebreaking process with different heel angles in level ice are simulated in this paper. The simulations are established in FEM software LS-DYNA and an icebreaking tanker - MT Uikku is assumed advancing with the certain heel angle in level ice. Firstly, the comparisons are made between the simulations and the model tests for the cases with zero heel angle. A good agreement is obtained between the simulated and measured data. Then the effects of different heel angles on ice resistance and ice breaking patterns are investigated and analyzed. The results show that ice resistance, average ice breaking length and average broken channel width present increasing trends with the increase of ship heel angle. The applied methods show a wide prospect to predict ice loads on marine structures in the level ice and simulate the ice-structure interaction process.

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