FRyDoM- Flexible and Rigid body Dynamic modeling for Marine operations


This research project lead together with the LHEEA, the laboratory of hydrodynamics of Centrale Nantes has been selected by WeAMEC, the West Atlantic Marine Energy Center who gathers and coordinates the actions and the academics of Pays de la Loire for the development of Marine Renewable Energies.

Pioneering and ambitious, this project lies primarly in the development of an innovative and disruptive framework for the simulation of complex dynamic systems for Marine Renewable Energies. Selected for its scientific excellence this projet allows D-ICE to position as a major player for the simulation, planning and design of complex marine operations.

More information on the project description.

Arctic offshore operations


Ship operations in ice are a new challenge proposed to the ship industry. The ice forces are indeed very different from the interactions existing in open water.

This harsh environment requires intense research in several area in order to cope with the multiples issues imposed by the ice, the cold and the high latitudes etc.

The current conjecture is not favourable for the development of the technologies for the Arctic but the potential and the attractivity of these areas are huge and will be valued in the near future.

D-ICE will then launch intern studies for addressing these issues and keep at the cutting edge on these subjects.



Supported by the company, our engineers have a strong activity in publishing in conference and journal papers.

The selected publications below demonstrate our recognized expertise.


Application of AADL for Marine Control Systems

Batra, A., Kerkeni, S., et al, MTS Dynamic Positioning Conference 2016, October 11-12, 2016, Houston, Texas, USA

Regulation of spatially developing free shear flow in steady desired state by closed-loop control,

Anda Ondo, D., J. Carlier and C. Collewet, 8th AIAA Flow Control Conference, AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2016 (to be published)


Standardization and the need of new tools for the DP industry

Kerkeni S., Poirier M. and Rongere F., MTS Dynamic Positioning Conference 2015, October 15-16, 2015, Houston, Texas, USA

Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Dynamic Positioning in Level Ice

Metrikin I., Kerkeni S. et al, The Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, March 08, 2015

Challenges of Ice Model Tests on Moored DP Assisted Structures

Schroeder A. et al, Arctic Technology Conference 2015 (ATC), Copenhagen, March 23-25, 2015


Improved Cost Efficiency of DP Operations by Enhanced Thrust Allocation Strategy

Kerkeni S. et al, MTS DP Conference 2015, Houston, October 13-14, 2014

DYPIC project: Technological and scientific progress opening new perspectives

Kerkeni S. et al, Arctic Technology Conference 2015, Houston, February 12-14, 2014


Automatic Heading Control for Dynamic Positioning in Ice

Kerkeni, S. and Metrikin, al, MTS DP Conference 2013, Houston, October 15-16, 2013

Capability plots of Dynamic Positioning in Ice

Kerkeni, S. et al, OMAE 2013 Conference, Nantes, June 09-14, 2013

Boundary port variables and uniform controllability: the shallow water example

Anda Ondo, D. et. al, Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations, IFAC Proceedings Volumes, Volume 46, Issue 26, Pages 103-108, ISSN 1474-6670, 2013

Dynamic Positioning in Ice – Comparison of control laws in Open Water and Ice

Kerkeni, S. et al, OMAE 2013 Conference, Nantes, June 09-14, 2013

Numerical Simulation of Dynamic Positioning in Ice

Metrikin, I. et al, Marine Technology Society Journal, 47(2), 14-30., March 01, 2013


DYPIC–A Multi-National R&D Project on DP Technology in Ice

Jenssen, N-A. et al, MTS DP Conference 2012, October 09-10, 2012