TBA4265 - Arctic and Marine Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours G

Course content

Marine physical processes. Description of waves, currents, wind and formation and mechanics of ice. Resulting consequences for marine activities. Fundamentals of statistical methods used in physical marine environment.

Learning outcome

Knowledge of:

The student should have knowledge of:

  • Spectra of wind, wind forces and structural response
  • Vertical wind profile
  • Linear wave theory - wave kinematics and dynamics
  • Wave statistics including wave spectrum
  • Wave forces
  • Ice conditions in the Barents Sea
  • Some basic conditions of sea ice physics
  • Methods for calculating ice loads from level ice on marine structures with oblique and vertical waterline (application of ISO 19906)
  • Physical phenomena regarding vertical deformation of floating ice sheets (carrying capacity)
  • Assumptions behind the mathematical models to calculate the carrying capacity of floating ice sheets
  • Use of laboratory experiments to find answers to complex problems


The student is able to:

  • Make simple calculations with the static wind load
  • Apply the wind profile, extrapolate vertically and discuss wind force and structural response
  • Calculate the movement of non-breaking surface waves on water, according to linear wave theory, and the impact from such waves on vertical walls and circular-cylindrical structures
  • Interpreting a directional spectrum of waves
  • Calculate sea state parameters from time series of waves - wave-to-wave analysis
  • Estimate the extreme values ​​for marine environmental parameters on the basis of long-term measurements
  • Calculate how regular waves change height, length and direction as they propagate into the shallow water against a coast with straight and parallel bottom contours
  • Assess the local ice conditions in the Barents Sea
  • Calculate ice growth and estimate ice thickness of floating ice
  • Using ISO 19906 and estimate forces from level ice on marine structures with oblique and vertical waterline
  • Consider safety with respect to the carrying capacity of floating ice sheets (operations and transport)

General qualifications:

The student has:

  • Basics to read, understand and apply key guideines, standards and recommended practices for design and dimensioning in the field of marine civil engineering
  • A good background to be able to communicate with experts in the disciplines of oceanography, meteorology and arctic technology

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, laboratory demonstrations and exercises and laboratory exercises. The subject is taught in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Minimum 9 exercises must be passed to access the exam. In case of a re-sit exam the exam may be changed to oral exam.

Course materials

Information at start of term. Textbook and lecture notes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIB7065 7.5
TMR4247 3.7 AUTUMN 2013

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Port Engineering
  • Marine Civil Engineering
  • Ocean-wave Physics
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Arctic Technology
  • Aqua Culture
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Marine Technology
  • Marine Topics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 G PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 G PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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