Starting off 2020 – Project Meeting in Luleå

On the 13 – 14th of February, the NoICE project group gathered in snowy Luleå to hold a third project meeting. Present were participants from all five partner universities; Luleå University of Technology, Umeå University, Tampere University, University of Vaasa as well as Novia University of Applied Sciences, and the meeting offered a perfect opportunity for both new and old icing experts to sit down together and discuss topical issues.

The project group has so far concentrated much of their efforts on conducting a series of case and simulation studies on a couple of themes related to icing. The perspectives of the studies are as well wide as detailed, and the research portfolio consist of e.g. train delay studies using weather station data and simulations as a base for predictions, as well as laboratory testing and simulation of ice accretion under different conditions, using differently treated surfaces and materials.

From left to right: Jun Yu (UmU), Andreas Willfors (Novia), Mats Johansson (UmU), Heli Koivuluoto (TAU), Patrik Eklund (UmU), Katrin Asplund (Novia), Jyri Nieminen (UVA), Jianfeng Wang (UmU), Roberto Mantas Nakhai (LTU) and Jari Oja (TAU)

As the overarching goal of the project is to support companies and industries with overcoming problems related to atmospheric icing and to create a permanent icing competence center, the topics of research are tailored to bridge specific challenges encountered by the companies within the region.

Does your company have a distinct wintertime icing problem you want us to look into? Don’t hesitate to be in contact with us, either through this link or through our LinkedIn page!

2nd Project Meeting

The second NoICE project meeting was held in Umeå on April 25th 2019 and it was attended by three representatives from Umeå University, one from Luleå University of Technology, three from University of Vaasa and two from Novia UAS. Additionally the icing expert who will be working within the project took part in the meeting, as did the Swedish business developer.

The partner universities all presented the project work they had performed so far.

Presentation by Mats Johansson, Umeå University

Presentation by Kendall Rutledge, Novia UAS

Presentation by Roberto Mantas, Luleå University of Technology

Presentation by Jun Yu, Louise Ottoson and Zhiyong Zhou, Umeå University

Presentation by Petri Välisuo and Thileepan Paulraj, University of Vaasa

NoICE – Relation Between Icing Conditions and Train Delays

Presentation by Harri Lehtinen, University of Vaasa

Presentation by Merinova

1st Project Meeting

The first project meeting was at held at Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vasa 14-15.11.2019 and representatives from all five participating universities were present.

During the meeting it was discussed whether other types of icing than atmospheric icing, in its true scientific sense, should be included in order to be able to identify more icing cases. The consensus was to also include in-cloud/fog icing, freezing rain, wet snow icing and marine spray icing. In this context it was also mentioned that wind turbine blades have to be excluded, since blade icing was touched upon in the Botnia-Atlantica funded project Wind CoE.

University of Vaasa suggested that a digital platform, where stakeholders could find the latest information about icing related matters such as an icing event forecasting tool and icing related articles, could be established. The platform could also be used for exchanging expertise and solutions among the users. The idea was supported by everyone present and it was agreed that University of Vaasa would continue developing the concept.

Kendall Rutledge from Novia UAS told about the process of procuring business development services. The business developers will help identify “atmospheric icing problem-ed” companies and bring them into a business network. The clusters are initially to be formed nationally and later the clusters will be joined to one. The companies in the business network will tell about their problems and NoICE will learn about their icing issues, teach the latest technologies, and work on some example cases. Expert services related to e.g. atmospheric icing on structures will also be obtained through public procurement process.

Further it was decided that:
1. By Dec 15, 2018 all members would have cooperation agreements iterated with their legal groups and be ready to sign after incorporation into a single document
2. By Dec 15, 2018 all members would send a name for nomination onto the steering group
3. All members would search for rail wintertime icing delay information in both Finland and Sweden (actual delay data, icing observations data and ice maintenance service data) and report by Feb 1, 2019
4. All members would learn more about available icing observations in their countries and especially networked observations
5. Novia would develop a summary of ice observation information for the full Scandinavian region derived from publically available METAR data
6. Novia would establish a disk space for sharing documents amongst members (e.g. DropBox)
7. Novia would establish a document for all member to contribute to / edit to specify the train delay case study identified during the meeting
8. Novia would distribute the A3 “project poster” to each member

Regarding marketing and communication issues it was agreed that Heidi Smart from Novia UAS would procure a logo for the project and create a Twitter account to help spread information about the project. The webpage, which has already been initiated, will be found at www.icingcenter.eu and a LinkedIn company page has also been created (https://www.linkedin.com/company/nordic-icing-center-of-expertice-noice/) . The webpage will include some kind of blog and the project team agreed that they could contribute to it.

Icing Center Members:
Dr. Heli Koivuluoto, Materials Scientist, Surface Engineering Specialist, Tampere University of Technology
Dr. Petri Välisuo, Physicist, Metrologist and Statistical Learning Specialist, Vaasan Yliopisto
Prof. Jun Yu, Statistical Scientist, Spatial Statistics Specialist, Umeå University
Prof. Patrik Eklund, Logic Theorist, Process Model Specialist, Umeå University
Prof. Javier Martin-Torres, Atmospheric Scientist, Planetary Atmospheres Radiative Transfer Specialist,
Luleå University of Technology
Kendall Rutledge, Project Manager, Novia University of Applied Sciences


Kendall Rutledge, Thileepan Paulraj, Merja Pakkanen, Petri Välisuo, Heli Koivuluoto, Patrik Eklund, Ricardo Fonseca, Dennis Bengs and Heidi Smart