In this paper, a new simple oscillator model is considered describing ice-induced vibrations of upstanding, water-surrounded, and bottom-founded offshore structures. Existing models are extended by taking into account deformations of an ice floe and a moving contact interaction between an ice rod, which is cut out from the floe, and the oscillator which represents the offshore structure. Special attention is paid to a type of ice-induced vibrations of structures, known as frequency lock-in, and characterized by having the dominant frequency of the ice forces near a natural frequency of the structure. A new asymptotical approach is proposed that allows one to include ice floe deformations and to obtain a nonlinear equation for the simple oscillator vibrations. The instability onset, induced by resonance effects for the oscillator and generated by the ice rod structure interaction, is studied in detail.
- Frequency lock-in
- Ice-induced vibrations