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Benchmark study on the use of simplified structural codes to predict the ultimate strength of a damaged ship hull

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jonathan Downes


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The objective of the paper is to evaluate the ability of simplified structural analysis methods, based on the Smith formulation to predict the ultimate strength of a damaged ship. Such methods are now widely accepted as a reliable and fast way to obtain the longitudinal strength of an intact ship. In order to extend these methods to damaged ships, first a benchmark study on the intact ship was performed in order for the differences between the methods to be evaluated. Afterwards the methods are applied to the same ship section but with damage, which was defined by removing the structural elements from the affected areas. These, in turn, were obtained from a previous study in which a collision was simulated using a finite element model. Results obtained for the ultimate strength were compared against each other and with the results of the finite element analysis. Aside from some exceptions, the results of the approximate methods agreed well with each other for the intact and damaged conditions. The simplified methods are more conservative than the finite element analysis in hogging while they seem to give a very good approximation to the result for sagging with some of them overestimating this value. © 2008 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Guedes Soares C, Luis RM, Nikolov P, Downes J, Taczala M, Modiga M, Quesnel T, Toderan C, Samuelides M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Shipbuilding Progress

Year: 2008

Volume: 55

Issue: 1-2

Pages: 87-107

Print publication date: 01/01/2008

ISSN (print): 0020-868X

ISSN (electronic): 1566-2829

Publisher: Delft University Press


DOI: 10.3233/ISP-2008-0040


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