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Artificial neural networks and their application to assessment of ultimate strength of plates with pitting corrosion

Lookup NU author(s): Duo Ok, Dr Yongchang Pu, Professor Atilla Incecik


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The potential for the structural capability degrading effects of both corrosion and fatigue induced cracks are of profound importance and must be both fully understood and reflected in vessel's inspection and maintenance programme. Corrosion has been studied and quantified by many researchers, however its effect on structural integrity is still subject to uncertainty, particularly with regards to localized corrosion. The present study is focused on assessing the effects of localized pitting corrosion on the ultimate strength of unstiffened plates. Over 265 non-linear finite-element analyses of panels with various locations and sizes of pitting corrosion have been carried out. The results indicate that the length, breadth and depth of pit corrosion have weakening effects on the ultimate strength of the plates while plate slenderness has only marginal effect on strength reduction. Transverse location of pit corrosion is also an important factor determining the amount of strength reduction. When corrosion spreads transversely on both edges, it has the most deteriorating effect on strength. In addition, artificial neural network (ANN) method is applied to derive a formula to predict ultimate strength reduction of locally corroded plates. It is found out that the proposed formulae can accurately predict the ultimate strength of locally corroded plates under uniaxial in-plane compression. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ok D, Pu Y, Incecik A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ocean Engineering

Year: 2007

Volume: 34

Issue: 17-18

Pages: 2222-2230

Print publication date: 01/12/2007

ISSN (print): 0029-8018

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5258

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2007.06.007


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