Materials and Technologies for the Arctic. Energy Safety and Renewable Energy Sources

Summer School - Online/Hybrid
June 21 - July 22, 2021

The course will be held online but 2 participation options are available for certain individuals:

Option 1 - online.

Option 2 - hybrid. Due to massive and continuous vaccination in Russia and resuming international air and railway service with 53 countries we offer a hybrid online/on-campus summer school option to students holding citizenship of:

Abkhazia, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Northern Macedonia, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam. *

If you choose Option 2, just apply for the online course here and inform us on your choice via email to get further instructions.

Do you want to gain knowledge in the field of renewable energy production in the Arctic? Join this course!

M&T for the Arctic
M&T for the Arctic


  • Brief description

    The main goal of the course is to provide students with the skills and competencies necessary to solve problems arising in the design of energy facilities and energy supply systems based on the use of renewable energy sources, taking into account the climatic, meteorological, transport and logistics features of the Arctic.

    Summer School was developed by a team of employees of the Research Laboratory "Digital design of power facilities in the Arctic", created as part of the program implementation for the creation and development of World-class Research Center program: Advanced Digital Technologies for 2020-2025, carried out by SPbPU in accordance with contract No. 075-15-2020-934 dated from 17.11.2020 and leading scientists from NRC «Kurchatov Institute»- CRISM «Prometey» and LUT University for the program activity 109061 Development of an international educational program "Materials and technologies in the Arctic".

Duration: 3 weeks + 1 week of self-learning and project work

ECTS credits: 6.0

Participation fee:

Tuition fee is waived (the program is funded by World-class Research Center, SPbPU)

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive hard copies of certificates with ECTS credits (mailed by post in case of the online format of the Summer School).

  • Cultural program

    Online format:*

    • - Online Pub Quiz;
    • - Online Interactive Tour to SPbPU Museum;
    • - Online broadcasting of excursion to the Hermitage museum;

    Cultural program in the Hybrid format is discussed with participants individually.

    *All of the listed above activities are planned to take place but in case any of those will have to be cancelled, an alternative event will be offered to participants.


Provided only for the Hybrid or the Tailor-made formats:

  • on campus at the university dormitory
  • off-campus at partner hostels in the city center

Details of the options and booking procedures will be discussed with each applicant individually.

M&T for the Arctic
M&T for the Arctic

Deadline for registration

Online format: June 15, 2021

Hybrid format:

- for EU- or visa-free countries nationals: May 31, 2021

- for non-EU nationals: April 26, 2021

  • Entrance requirements
    • - Knowledge in the field of technical sciences, technologies, energetics.
    • - Good command of English. All classes and extracurricular activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required.
    • - Applicants are expected to have at least 2 year of University level studies.
  • Course description


    • - Analysis of structures of offshore floating and stationary wind turbines, problems of mathematical modeling of the behavior of marine wind turbines under the influence of natural loads.
    • - Calculation and mathematical modeling of external loads from current, waves, wind and ice on the support structures of stationary offshore Arctic wind turbines.
    • - Analysis of Ultimate and Fatigue Strength of Offshore Stationary Support Structures of Arctic Wind Turbines.
    • - Problems of energy supply for the Arctic territories. The impact of climate change on the state of the Arctic. Northern delivery. Problems and state of power supply systems for facilities in the Arctic. Directions for creating efficient power systems in the Arctic.
    • - Hybrid systems based on renewable energy sources for autonomous power supply. Principles of creation and schemes of wind-diesel power plants.
    • - Design of facilities based on renewable energy sources. Adaptation materials and technologies.
    • - Modeling and design of the main elements of a wind power plant.
    • - Studies of the structural strength of cold-resistant steels.
    • - Modern methods for studying the structure of steels and alloys.
    • - Fundamentals of aerodynamics of different turbine types with some design perspectives Noise sources and production mechanisms, modeling and reduction methods.
    • - Composite materials for Arctic applications.
    • - Truss optimization methods and their applications in design wind turbine.
    • - Procedures of structural integrity estimations based on mechanics and physics of fracture.
    • - Plastometric and metallographic methods for studying the structure of cold-resistant steels.

    Practical Tasks:

    • - Calculation of external loads from waves of current and ice on an offshore wind turbine.
    • - Assessment of wind energy potential in the northern territories.
    • - Calculation of parameters of a wind-diesel power plant.
    • - Calculation of static and dynamic loads on wind turbines.
    • - Development of anti-icing, de-icing, wear- and corrosion-resistant coatings and research of their properties.
    • - Analysis of structures made of polymer composite materials.
    • - Numerical simulation of cable laying onto seabed from moving vessel with account of hydrodynamic water resistance forces in Arctic condition.
    • - Practical lesson on the design estimates of the strength and service life of welded joints in Arctic-based structures.
    • - Prediction of mechanical properties of welded joint metal with allowance for welding conditions.

    Visit to the training and testing center of the National Association for Welding Control of the Russian Federation, metal welding, NTD technologies, material testing, polymer welding, training of divers-welders, underwater technologies.

    Video visit to SEC "RES" with a video demonstration of the process of 3D modeling and prototyping of a wind turbine element.

    Demonstration of the film: Training and testing center "Welding" of the National Agency for Welding Control (NAKS), metal welding, NTD technologies, testing of materials, polymer welding. Demonstration of a video film and materials about the capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Event organizer: World-class Research Center, SPbPU

M&T for the Arctic

Program partners:

Prometey Central Scientific Research Institute of Structural Materials

LUT-University, Finland

Professors and lecturers:

  • Professor, D. Sc. (Tech.) V.V. Elistratov, SPbPU
  • Professor, D. Sc. (Tech.) A.S. Bolshev, SPbPU
  • Professor, D. Sc. (Tech.) V.A. Karkhin, SPbPU
  • Associate Professor, PhD in Eng. S.A. Frolov, SPbPU
  • D. Sc. (Tech.) Aki Grönman, , LUT University
  • D. Sc. (Tech.) Antti Ahola, LUT University
  • Associate Professor, D. Sc. (Tech.) A.V. Ilyin, Prometey Central Scientific Research Institute of Structural Materials
  • Associate Professor, T.I. Bobkova, SPbPU Basic Department at Prometey Central Scientific Research Institute of Structural Materials
  • Senior Researcher, PhD in Eng. T. V. Knyazyuk, SPbPU
  • Researcher, PhD in Eng. I.A. Keresten, SPbPU
  • Engineer, R.S. Denisov, SPbPU
  • Research engineer, I.V. Bogun, SPbPU
  • Research engineer, S.G. Petrov, SPbPU
  • Research engineer, A.E. Kharseev, SPbPU


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