18.

1 NOMENCLATURE
For speciﬁc symbols, refer to the deﬁnitions contained in
the various sections.
ABS American Bureau of Shipping
BEM Boundary Element Method
BV Bureau Veritas
DNV Det Norske Veritas
FEA Finite Element Analysis
FEM Finite Element Method
IACS International Association of Classiﬁca-
tion Societies
ISSC International Ship & Offshore Structures
Congress
ISOPE International Offshore and Polar Engi-
neering Conference
ISUM Idealized Structural Unit method
NKK Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
PRADS Practical Design of Ships and Mobile
Units,
RINA Registro Italiano Navale
SNAME Society of naval Architects and marine
Engineers
SSC Ship Structure Committee.
a acceleration
A area
B breadth of the ship
C wave coefﬁcient (Table 18.I)
C
B
hull block coefﬁcient
D depth of the ship
g gravity acceleration
m(x) longitudinal distribution of mass
I(x) geometric moment of inertia (beam sec-
tion x)
L length of the ship
M(x) bending moment at section x of a beam
M
T
(x) torque moment at section x of a beam
p pressure
q(x) resultant of sectional force acting on a
beam
T draft of the ship
V(x) shear at section x of a beam
s,w
(low case) still water, wave induced component
v,h
(low case) vertical, horizontal component
w(x) longitudinal distribution of weight
θ roll angle
ρ density
ω angular frequency
18.2 INTRODUCTION
The purpose of this chapter is to present the fundamentals
of direct ship structure analysis based on mechanics and
strength of materials. Such analysis allows a rationally based
design that is practical, efﬁcient, and versatile, and that has
already been implemented in a computer program, tested,
and proven.
Analysis and Design are two words that are very often
associated. Sometimes they are used indifferently one for
the other even if there are some important differences be-
tween performing a design and completing an analysis.
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Chapter 18
Analysis and Design of Ship Structure
Philippe Rigo and Enrico Rizzuto
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Analysis refers to stress and strength assessment of the
structure. Analysis requires information on loads and needs
an initial structural scantling design. Output of the structural
analysis is the structural response deﬁned in terms of stresses,
deﬂections and strength. Then, the estimated response is
compared to the design criteria. Results of this comparison
as well as the objective functions (weight, cost, etc.) will
show if updated (improved) scantlings are required.
Design for structure refers to the process followed to se-
lect the initial structural scantlings and to update these scant-
lings from the early design stage (bidding) to the detailed
design stage (construction). To perform analysis, initial de-
sign is needed and analysis is required to design. This ex-
plains why design and analysis are intimately linked, but
are absolutely different. Of course design also relates to
topology and layout deﬁnition.
The organization and framework of this chapter are based
on the previous edition of the Ship Design and Construction
(1) and on the Chapter IV of Principles of Naval Architec-
ture (2). Standard materials such as beam model, twisting,
shear lag, etc. that are still valid in 2002 are partly duplicated
from these 2 books. Other major references used to write this
chapter are Ship Structural Design (3) also published by
SNAME and the DNV 99-0394 Technical Report (4).
The present chapter is intimately linked with Chapter
11 – Parametric Design, Chapter 17 – Structural Arrange-
ment and Component Design and with Chapter 19 – Reli-
ability-Based Structural Design. References to these
chapters will be made in order to avoid duplications. In ad-
dition, as Chapter 8 deals with classiﬁcation societies, the
present chapter will focus mainly on the direct analysis
methods available to perform a rationally based structural
design, even if mention is made to standard formulations
from Rules to quantify design loads.
In the following sections of this chapter, steps of a global
analysis are presented. Section 18.3 concerns the loads that
are necessary to perform a structure analysis. Then, Sections
18.4, 18.5 and 18.6 concern, respectively, the stresses and
deﬂections (basic ship responses), the limit states, and the fail-
ures modes and associated structural capacity. A review of
the available Numerical Analysis for Structural Design is per-
formed in Section 18.7. Finally Design Criteria (Section
18.8) and Design Procedures (Section 18.9) are discussed.
Structural modeling is discussed in Subsection 18.2.2 and
more extensively in Subsection 18.7.2 for ﬁnite element analy-
sis. Optimization is treated in Subsections 18.7.6 and 18.9.4.
Ship structural design is a challenging activity. Hence
Hughes (3) states:
The complexities of modern ships and the demand for
greater reliability, efﬁciency, and economy require a sci-
entiﬁc, powerful, and versatile method for their structural
design
But, even with the development of numerical techniques,
design still remains based on the designer’s experience and
on previous designs. There are many designs that satisfy the
strength criteria, but there is only one that is the optimum
solution (least cost, weight, etc.).
Ship structural analysis and design is a matter of com-
promises:
• compromise between accuracy and the available time to
perform the design. This is particularly challenging at
the preliminary design stage. A 3D Finite Element
Method (FEM) analysis would be welcome but the time
is not available. For that reason, rule-based design or
simpliﬁed numerical analysis has to be performed.
• to limit uncertainty and reduce conservatism in design, it
is important that the design methods are accurate. On the
other hand, simplicity is necessary to make repeated de-
sign analyses efﬁcient. The results from complex analy-
ses should be veriﬁed by simpliﬁed methods to avoid errors
and misinterpretation of results (checks and balances).
• compromise between weight and cost or compromise
between least construction cost, and global owner live
cycle cost (including operational cost, maintenance, etc.),
and
• builder optimum design may be different from the owner
optimum design.
18.2.1 Rationally Based Structural Design versus
Rules-Based Design
There are basically two schools to perform analysis and de-
sign of ship structure. The ﬁrst one, the oldest, is called
rule-based design. It is mainly based on the rules deﬁned
by the classiﬁcation societies. Hughes (3) states:
In the past, ship structural design has been largely empir-
ical, based on accumulated experience and ship perform-
ance, and expressed in the form of structural design codes
or rules published by the various ship classiﬁcation soci-
eties. These rules concern the loads, the strength and the
design criteria and provide simpliﬁed and easy-to-use for-
mulas for the structural dimensions, or “scantlings” of a
ship. This approach saves time in the design ofﬁce and,
since the ship must obtain the approval of a classiﬁcation
society, it also saves time in the approval process.
The second school is the Rationally Based Structural
Design; it is based on direct analysis. Hughes, who could
be considered as a father of this methodology, (3) further
states:
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There are several disadvantages to a completely “rulebook”
approach to design. First, the modes of structural failure
are numerous, complex, and interdependent. With such
simpliﬁed formulas the margin against failure remains un-
known; thus one cannot distinguish between structural ad-
equacy and over-adequacy. Second, and most important,
these formulas involve a number of simplifying assump-
tions and can be used only within certain limits. Outside
of this range they may be inaccurate.
For these reasons there is a general trend toward direct
structural analysis.
Even if direct calculation has always been performed,
design based on direct analysis only became popular when
numerical analysis methods became available and were cer-
tiﬁed. Direct analysis has become the standard procedure
in aerospace, civil engineering and partly in offshore in-
dustries. In ship design, classiﬁcation societies preferred to
offer updated rules resulting from numerical analysis cali-
bration. For the designer, even if the rules were continuously
changing, the design remained rule-based. There really were
two different methodologies.
Hopefully, in 2002 this is no longer true. The advantages
of direct analysis are so obvious that classiﬁcation societies
include, usually as an alternative, a direct analysis procedure
(numerical packages based on the ﬁnite element method,
see Table 18.VIII, Subsection 18.7.5.2). In addition, for new
vessel types or non-standard dimension, such direct proce-
dure is the only way to assess the structural safety. There-
fore it seems that the two schools have started a long merging
procedure. Classiﬁcation societies are now encouraging and
contributing greatly to the development of direct analysis
and rationally based methods. Ships are very complex struc-
tures compared with other types of structures. They are sub-
ject to a very wide range of loads in the harsh environment
of the sea. Progress in technologies related to ship design
and construction is being made daily, at an unprecedented
pace. A notable example is the fact that the efforts of a ma-
jority of specialists together with rapid advances in com-
puter and software technology have now made it possible to
analyze complex ship structures in a practical manner using
structural analysis techniques centering on FEM analysis.
The majority of ship designers strive to develop rational and
optimal designs based on direct strength analysis methods
using the latest technologies in order to realize the
shipowner’s requirements in the best possible way.
When carrying out direct strength analysis in order to
verify the equivalence of structural strength with rule re-
quirements, it is necessary for the classiﬁcation society to
clarify the strength that a hull structure should have with
respect to each of the various steps taken in the analysis
process, from load estimation through to strength evalua-
tion. In addition, in order to make this a practical and ef-
fective method of analysis, it is necessary to give careful
consideration to more rational and accurate methods of di-
rect strength analysis.
Based on recognition of this need, extensive research
has been conducted and a careful examination made, re-
garding the strength evaluation of hull structures. The re-
sults of this work have been presented in papers and reports
regarding direct strength evaluation of hull structures (4,5).
The ﬂow chart given in Figure 18.1 gives an overview
of the analysis as deﬁned by a major classiﬁcation society.
Note that a rationally based design procedure requires
that all design decisions (objectives, criteria, priorities, con-
straints…) must be made before the design starts. This is a
major difﬁculty of this approach.
18.2.2 Modeling and Analysis
General guidance on the modeling necessary for the struc-
tural analysis is that the structural model shall provide re-
sults suitable for performing buckling, yield, fatigue and
Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-3
Figure 18.1 Direct Structural Analysis Flow Chart
Direct Load Analysis
Design Load
Study on Ocean Waves
Effect on
operation
Wave Load Response
Response function
of wave load
Structural analysis by
whole ship model
Stress response
function
Short term
estimation
Long term
estimation
Design
Sea State
Design wave Wave impact load
Structural response analysis
Strength Assessment
Yield
strength
Nonlinear influence
in large waves
Investigation on
corrosion
Buckling
strength
Ultimate
strength
Fatigue
strength
Modeling technique Direct structural
analysis
Stress Response
in Waves
Long term
estimation
Short term
estimation
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vibration assessment of the relevant parts of the vessel. This
is done by using a 3D model of the whole ship, supported
by one or more levels of sub models.
Several approaches may be applied such as a detailed
3D model of the entire ship or coarse meshed 3D model sup-
ported by ﬁner meshed sub models.
Coarse mesh can be used for determining stress results
suited for yielding and buckling control but also to obtain
the displacements to apply as boundary conditions for sub
models with the purpose of determining the stress level in
more detail.
Strength analysis covers yield (allowable stress), buck-
ling strength and ultimate strength checks of the ship. In ad-
dition, speciﬁc analyses are requested for fatigue (Subsection
18.6.6), collision and grounding (Subsection 18.6.7) and
vibration (Subsection 18.6.8). The hydrodynamic load
model must give a good representation of the wetted sur-
face of the ship, both with respect to geometry description
and with respect to hydrodynamic requirements. The mass
model, which is part of the hydrodynamic load model, must
ensure a proper description of local and global moments of
inertia around the global ship axes.
Ultimate hydrodynamic loads from the hydrodynamic
analysis should be combined with static loads in order to
form the basis for the yield, buckling and ultimate strength
checks. All the relevant load conditions should be examined
to ensure that all dimensioning loads are correctly included.
A ﬂow chart of strength analysis of global model and sub
models is shown in Figure 18.2.
18.2.3 Preliminary Design versus Detailed Design
For a ship structure, structural design consists of two dis-
tinct levels: the Preliminary Design and the Detailed De-
sign about which Hughes (3) states:
The preliminary determines the location, spacing, and scant-
lings of the principal structural members. The detailed de-
sign determines the geometry and scantlings of local structure
(brackets, connections, cutouts, reinforcements, etc.).
Preliminary design has the greatest inﬂuence on the
structure design and hence is the phase that offers very
large potential savings. This does not mean that detail de-
sign is less important than preliminary design. Each level
is equally important for obtaining an efﬁcient, safe and re-
liable ship.
During the detailed design there also are many bene-
ﬁts to be gained by applying modern methods of engi-
neering science, but the applications are different from
preliminary design and the beneﬁts are likewise different.
Since the items being designed are much smaller it is
possible to perform full-scale testing, and since they are
more repetitive it is possible to obtain the beneﬁts of mass
production, standardization and so on. In fact, production
aspects are of primary importance in detail design.
Also, most of the structural items that come under de-
tail design are similar from ship to ship, and so in-service
experience provides a sound basis for their design. In fact,
because of the large number of such items it would be in-
efﬁcient to attempt to design all of them from ﬁrst princi-
ples. Instead it is generally more efﬁcient to use design
codes and standard designs that have been proven by ex-
perience. In other words, detail design is an area where a
rule-based approach is very appropriate, and the rules that
are published by the various ship classiﬁcation societies
contain a great deal of useful information on the design of
local structure, structural connections, and other structural
details.
18.3 LOADS
Loads acting on a ship structure are quite varied and pecu-
liar, in comparison to those of static structures and also of
other vehicles. In the following an attempt will be made to
review the main typologies of loads: physical origins, gen-
eral interpretation schemes, available quantiﬁcation proce-
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Figure 18.2 Strength Analysis Flow Chart (4)
Structural model
including necessary
load definitions
Hydrodynamic/static
loads
Load transfer to
structural model
Verified structural
model
Sub-models to be
used in structural
analysis
Structural analysis
Verification
of response
Verification
of model/
loads
Yes
No
Transfer of
displacements/forces
to sub-model?
Verification
of load
transfer
Structural drawings,
mass description and
loading conditions.
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dures and practical methods for their evaluation will be sum-
marized.
18.3.1 Classiﬁcation of Loads
18.3.1.1 Time Duration
Static loads: These are the loads experienced by the ship in
still water. They act with time duration well above the range
of sea wave periods. Being related to a speciﬁc load con-
dition, they have little and very slow variations during a
voyage (mainly due to changes in the distribution of con-
sumables on board) and they vary signiﬁcantly only during
loading and unloading operations.
Quasi-static loads: A second class of loads includes
those with a period corresponding to wave actions (∼3 to
15 seconds). Falling in this category are loads directly in-
duced by waves, but also those generated in the same fre-
quency range by motions of the ship (inertial forces). These
loads can be termed quasi-static because the structural re-
sponse is studied with static models.
Dynamic loads: When studying responses with fre-
quency components close to the ﬁrst structural resonance
modes, the dynamic properties of the structure have to be
considered. This applies to a few types of periodic loads,
generated by wave actions in particular situations (spring-
ing) or by mechanical excitation (main engine, propeller).
Also transient impulsive loads that excite free structural vi-
brations (slamming, and in some cases sloshing loads) can
be classiﬁed in the same category.
High frequency loads: Loads at frequencies higher than
the ﬁrst resonance modes (> 10-20 Hz) also are present on
ships: this kind of excitation, however, involves more the
study of noise propagation on board than structural design.
Other loads: All other loads that do not fall in the above
mentioned categories and need speciﬁc models can be gen-
erally grouped in this class. Among them are thermal and
accidental loads.
A large part of ship design is performed on the basis of
static and quasi-static loads, whose prediction procedures
are quite well established, having been investigated for a
long time. However, speciﬁc and imposing requirements
can arise for particular ships due to the other load cate-
gories.
18.3.1.2 Local and global loads
Another traditional classiﬁcation of loads is based on the
structural scheme adopted to study the response.
Loads acting on the ship as a whole, considered as a
beam (hull girder), are named global or primary loads and
the ship structural response is accordingly termed global or
primary response (see Subsection 18.4.3).
Loads, deﬁned in order to be applied to limited struc-
tural models (stiffened panels, single beams, plate panels),
generally are termed local loads.
The distinction is purely formal, as the same external
forces can in fact be interpreted as global or local loads. For
instance, wave dynamic actions on a portion of the hull, if
described in terms of a bi-dimensional distribution of pres-
sures over the wet surface, represent a local load for the hull
panel, while, if integrated over the same surface, represent
a contribution to the bending moment acting on the hull
girder.
This terminology is typical of simpliﬁed structural analy-
ses, in which responses of the two classes of components
are evaluated separately and later summed up to provide
the total stress in selected positions of the structure.
In a complete 3D model of the whole ship, forces on the
structure are applied directly in their actual position and the
result is a total stress distribution, which does not need to
be decomposed.
18.3.1.3 Characteristic values for loads
Structural veriﬁcations are always based on a limit state
equation and on a design operational time.
Main aspects of reliability-based structural design and
analysis are (see Chapter 19):
• the state of the structure is identiﬁed by state variables
associated to loads and structural capacity,
• state variables are stochastically distributed as a func-
tion of time, and
• the probability of exceeding the limit state surface in the
design time (probability of crisis) is the element subject
to evaluation.
The situation to be considered is in principle the worst
combination of state variables that occurs within the design
time. The probability that such situation corresponds to an
out crossing of the limit state surface is compared to a (low)
target probability to assess the safety of the structure.
This general time-variant problem is simpliﬁed into a
time-invariant one. This is done by taking into account in
the analysis the worst situations as regards loads, and, sep-
arately, as regards capacity (reduced because of corrosion
and other degradation effects). The simpliﬁcation lies in
considering these two situations as contemporary, which in
general is not the case.
When dealing with strength analysis, the worst load sit-
uation corresponds to the highest load cycle and is charac-
terized through the probability associated to the extreme
value in the reference (design) time.
In fatigue phenomena, in principle all stress cycles con-
tribute (to a different extent, depending on the range) to
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damage accumulation. The analysis, therefore, does not re-
gard the magnitude of a single extreme load application, but
the number of cycles and the shape of the probability dis-
tribution of all stress ranges in the design time.
A further step towards the problem simpliﬁcation is rep-
resented by the adoption of characteristic load values in
place of statistical distributions. This usually is done, for
example, when calibrating a Partial Safety Factor format for
structural checks. Such adoption implies the deﬁnition of a
single reference load value as representative of a whole
probability distribution. This step is often performed by as-
signing an exceeding probability (or a return period) to each
variable and selecting the correspondent value from the sta-
tistical distribution.
The exceeding probability for a stochastic variable has
the meaning of probability for the variable to overcome a
given value, while the return period indicates the mean time
to the ﬁrst occurrence.
Characteristic values for ultimate state analysis are typ-
ically represented by loads associated to an exceeding prob-
ability of 10
–8
. This corresponds to a wave load occurring,
on the average, once every 10
8
cycles, that is, with a return
period of the same order of the ship lifetime. In ﬁrst yield-
ing analyses, characteristic loads are associated to a higher
exceeding probability, usually in the range 10
–4
to 10
–6
. In
fatigue analyses (see Subsection 18.6.6.2), reference loads
are often set with an exceeding probability in the range 10
–3
to 10
–5
, corresponding to load cycles which, by effect of both
amplitude and frequency of occurrence, contribute more to
the accumulation of fatigue damage in the structure.
On the basis of this, all design loads for structural analy-
ses are explicitly or implicitly related to a low exceeding
probability.
18.3.2 Deﬁnition of Global Hull Girder Loads
The global structural response of the ship is studied with
reference to a beam scheme (hull girder), that is, a mono-
dimensional structural element with sectional characteris-
tics distributed along a longitudinal axis.
Actions on the beam are described, as usual with this
scheme, only in terms of forces and moments acting in the
transverse sections and applied on the longitudinal axis.
Three components act on each section (Figure 18.3): a
resultant force along the vertical axis of the section (con-
tained in the plane of symmetry), indicated as vertical re-
sultant force q
V
; another force in the normal direction, (local
horizontal axis), termed horizontal resultant force q
H
and a
moment m
T
about the x axis. All these actions are distrib-
uted along the longitudinal axis x.
Five main load components are accordingly generated
along the beam, related to sectional forces and moment
through equation 1 to 5:
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
Due to total equilibrium, for a beam in free-free condi-
tions (no constraints at ends) all load characteristics have
zero values at ends (equations 6).
These conditions impose constraints on the distributions
of q
V
, q
H
and m
T
.
[6]
Global loads for the veriﬁcation of the hull girder are ob-
tained with a linear superimposition of still water and wave-
induced global loads.
They are used, with different characteristic values, in
different types of analyses, such as ultimate state, ﬁrst yield-
ing, and fatigue.
18.3.3 Still Water Global Loads
Still water loads act on the ship ﬂoating in calm water, usu-
ally with the plane of symmetry normal to the still water
surface. In this condition, only a symmetric distribution of
hydrostatic pressure acts on each section, together with ver-
tical gravitational forces.
If the latter ones are not symmetric, a sectional torque
m
Tg
(x) is generated (Figure 18.4), in addition to the verti-
V (0) V (L) M (0) M (L) 0
V (0) V (L) M (0) M (L) 0
M (0) M (L) 0
V V V V
H H H H
T T
· · · ·
· · · ·
· ·
M (x) m ( ) d
T T
0
x
·

ξ ξ
M (x) V ( ) d
H H
0
x
·

ξ ξ
V (x) q ) d
H H
0
x
·

(ξ ξ
M (x) V ( ) d
V V
0
x
·

ξ ξ
V (x) q ( ) d
V V
0
x
·

ξ ξ
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cal load q
SV
(x), obtained as a difference between buoyancy
b(x) and weight w(x), as shown in equation 7 (2).
[7]
where A
I
= transversal immersed area.
Components of vertical shear and vertical bending can
be derived according to equations 1 and 2. There are no hor-
izontal components of sectional forces in equation 3 and ac-
cordingly no components of horizontal shear and bending
moment. As regards equation 5, only m
Tg
, if present, is to
be accounted for, to obtain the torque.
18.3.3.1 Standard still water bending moments
While buoyancy distribution is known from an early stage
of the ship design, weight distribution is completely deﬁned
only at the end of construction. Statistical formulations, cal-
ibrated on similar ships, are often used in the design de-
velopment to provide an approximate quantiﬁcation of
weight items and their longitudinal distribution on board.
The resulting approximated weight distribution, together
with the buoyancy distribution, allows computing shear and
bending moment.
q (x) b(x) w(x) gA (x) m(x)g
SV I
· − · −
At an even earlier stage of design, parametric formula-
tions can be used to derive directly reference values for still
water hull girder loads.
Common reference values for still water bending mo-
ment at mid-ship are provided by the major Classiﬁcation
Societies (equation 8).
[8]
where C = wave parameter (Table 18.I).
The formulations in equation 8 are sometimes explicitly
reported in Rules, but they can anyway be indirectly de-
rived from prescriptions contained in (6, 7). The ﬁrst re-
quirement (6) regards the minimum longitudinal strength
modulus and provides implicitly a value for the total bend-
ing moment; the second one (7), regards the wave induced
component of bending moment.
Longitudinal distributions, depending on the ship type,
are provided also. They can slightly differ among Class So-
cieties, (Figure 18.5).
18.3.3.2 Direct evaluation of still water global loads
Classiﬁcation Societies require in general a direct analysis
of these types of load in the main loading conditions of the
ship, such as homogenous loading condition at maximum
draft, ballast conditions, docking conditions aﬂoat, plus all
other conditions that are relevant to the speciﬁc ship (non-
homogeneous loading at maximum draft, light load at less
than maximum draft, short voyage or harbor condition, bal-
last exchange at sea, etc.).
The direct evaluation procedure requires, for a given
loading condition, a derivation, section by section, of ver-
tical resultants of gravitational (weight) and buoyancy
forces, applied along the longitudinal axis x of the beam.
To obtain the weight distribution w(x), the ship length is
subdivided into portions: for each of them, the total weight
and center of gravity is determined summing up contributions
from all items present on board between the two bounding
sections. The distribution for w(x) is then usually approxi-
mated by a linear (trapezoidal) curve obtained by imposing
M N m
C L B 122.5 15 C (hogging)
C L B 45.5 65 C (sagging)
s
2
B
2
B

− ( )
+
[ ] ·
( )
Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-7
Figure 18.4 Sectional Resultant Forces in Still Water
Figure 18.5 Examples of Reference Still Water Bending Moment Distribution
(10). (a) oil tankers, bulk carriers, ore carriers, and (b) other ship types
TABLE 18.I Wave Coefﬁcient Versus Length
Ship Length L Wave Coefﬁcient C
90 ≤ L <300 m 10.75 – [(300 – L)/100]
3/2
300 ≤ L <350 m 10.75
350 ≤ L 10.75 – [(300 – L)/150]
3/2
(a)
(b)
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the correspondence of area and barycenter of the trapezoid
respectively to the total weight and center of gravity of the
considered ship portion.
The procedure is usually applied separately for differ-
ent types of weight items, grouping together the weights of
the ship in lightweight conditions (always present on board)
and those (cargo, ballast, consumables) typical of a load-
ing condition (Figure 18.6).
18.3.3.3 Uncertainties in the evaluation
A signiﬁcant contribution to uncertainties in the evaluation
of still water loads comes from the inputs to the procedure,
in particular those related to quantiﬁcation and location on
board of weight items.
This lack of precision regards the weight distribution for
the ship in lightweight condition (hull structure, machin-
ery, outﬁtting) but also the distribution of the various com-
ponents of the deadweight (cargo, ballast, consumables).
Ship types like bulk carriers are more exposed to uncer-
tainties on the actual distribution of cargo weight than, for
example, container ships, where actual weights of single
containers are kept under close control during operation.
In addition, model uncertainties arise from neglecting the
longitudinal components of the hydrostatic pressure (Fig-
ure 18.7), which generate an axial compressive force on the
hull girder.
As the resultant of such components is generally below
the neutral axis of the hull girder, it leads also to an addi-
tional hogging moment, which can reach up to 10% of the
total bending moment. On the other hand, in some vessels
(in particular tankers) such action can be locally counter-
balanced by internal axial pressures, causing hull sagging
moments.
All these compression and bending effects are neglected
in the hull beam model, which accounts only for forces and
moments acting in the transverse plane. This represents a
source of uncertainties.
Another approximation is represented by the fact that
buoyancy and weight are assumed in a direction normal to
the horizontal longitudinal axis, while they are actually ori-
ented along the true vertical.
This implies neglecting the static trim angle and to consider
an approximate equilibrium position, which often creates the
need for a few iterative corrections to the load curve q
sv
(x) in
order to satisfy boundary conditions at ends (equations 6).
18.3.3.4 Other still water global loads
In a vessel with a multihull conﬁguration, in addition to
conventional still water loads acting on each hull consid-
ered as a single longitudinal beam, also loads in the trans-
versal direction can be signiﬁcant, giving rise to shear,
bending and torque in a transversal direction (see the sim-
pliﬁed scheme of Figure 18.8, where S, B, and Q stand for
shear, bending and torque; and
L, T
apply respectively to
longitudinal and transversal beams).
18.3.4 Wave Induced Global Loads
The prediction of the behaviour of the ship in waves repre-
sents a key point in the quantiﬁcation of both global and
local loads acting on the ship. The solution of the seakeep-
ing problem yields the loads directly generated by external
pressures, but also provides ship motions and accelerations.
The latter are directly connected to the quantiﬁcation of in-
ertial loads and provide inputs for the evaluation of other
types of loads, like slamming and sloshing.
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Figure 18.6 Weight Distribution Breakdown for Full Load Condition
Figure 18.7 Longitudinal Component of Pressure
Figure 18.8 Multi-hull Additional Still Water Loads (sketch)
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In particular, as regards global effects, the action of waves
modiﬁes the pressure distribution along the wet hull sur-
face; the differential pressure between the situation in waves
and in still water generates, on the transverse section, ver-
tical and horizontal resultant forces (b
WV
and b
WH
) and a
moment component m
Tb
.
Analogous components come from the sectional result-
ants of inertial forces and moments induced on the section
by ship’s motions (Figure 18.9).
The total vertical and horizontal wave induced forces on
the section, as well as the total torsional component, are
found summing up the components in the same direction
(equations 9).
[9]
where I
R
(x) is the rotational inertia of section x.
The longitudinal distributions along the hull girder of hor-
izontal and vertical components of shear, bending moment
and torque can then be derived by integration (equations 1
to 5).
Such results are in principle obtained for each instanta-
neous wave pressure distribution, depending therefore, on
time, on type and direction of sea encountered and on the
ship geometrical and operational characteristics.
In regular (sinusoidal) waves, vertical bending moments
tend to be maximized in head waves with length close to
the ship length, while horizontal bending and torque com-
ponents are larger for oblique wave systems.
18.3.4.1 Statistical formulae for global wave loads
Simpliﬁed, ﬁrst approximation, formulations are available
for the main wave load components, developed mainly on
the basis of past experience.
Vertical wave-induced bending moment: IACS classiﬁ-
q (x) b (x) m(x)a (x)
q (x) b (x) m(x)a (x)
m (x) m (x) I (x)
WV WV V
WH WH H
TW Tb R
· −
· −
· − θ
cation societies provide a statistically based reference values
for the vertical component of wave-induced bending moment
M
WV
, expressed as a function of main ship dimensions.
Such reference values for the midlength section of a ship
with unrestricted navigation are yielded by equation 10 for
hog and sag cases (7) and corresponds to an extreme value
with a return period of about 20 years or an exceeding prob-
ability of about 10
–8
(once in the ship lifetime).
[10]
Horizontal Wave-induced Bending Moment: Similar for-
mulations are available for reference values of horizontal
wave induced bending moment, even though they are not
as uniform among different Societies as for the main verti-
cal component.
In Table 18.II, examples are reported of reference val-
ues of horizontal bending moment at mid-length for ships
with unrestricted navigation. Simpliﬁed curves for the dis-
tribution in the longitudinal direction are also provided.
Wave-induced Torque: A few reference formulations are
given also for reference wave torque at midship (see ex-
amples in Table 18.III) and for the inherent longitudinal
distributions.
18.3.4.2 Static Wave analysis of global wave loads
A traditional analysis adopted in the past for evaluation of
wave-induced loads was represented by a quasi-static wave
approach. The ship is positioned on a freezed wave of given
characteristics in a condition of equilibrium between weight
and static buoyancy. The scheme is analogous to the one de-
scribed for still water loads, with the difference that the wa-
terline upper boundary of the immersed part of the hull is
no longer a plane but it is a curved (cylindrical) surface. By
deﬁnition, this procedure neglects all types of dynamic ef-
fects. Due to its limitations, it is rarely used to quantify wave
loads. Sometimes, however, the concept of equivalent static
wave is adopted to associate a longitudinal distribution of
M N m
C L B C
C L B C .
(hog)
(sag)
WV
B
B
⋅ [ ] ·
− + ( )
190
110 0 7
2
2
Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-9
Figure 18.9 Sectional Forces and Moments in Waves
TABLE 18.II Reference Horizontal Bending Moments
Class Society M
WH
[N ⋅ m]
ABS (8) 180 C
1
L
2
DC
B
BV (9) RINA (10) 1600 L
2.1
TC
B
DNV (11) 220 L
9/4
(T + 0.3B)C
B
NKK (12) 320 L
2
C T L L − 35 /
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pressures to extreme wave loads, derived, for example, from
long term predictions based on other methods.
18.3.4.3 Linear methods for wave loads
The most popular approach to the evaluation of wave loads
is represented by solutions of a linearized potential ﬂow
problem based on the so-called strip theory in the frequency
domain (13).
The theoretical background of this class of procedures
is discussed in detail in PNA Vol. III (2).
Here only the key assumptions of the method are pre-
sented:
• inviscid, incompressible and homogeneous ﬂuid in irro-
tational ﬂow: Laplace equation 11

2
Φ = 0 [11]
where Φ = velocity potential
• 2-dimensional solution of the problem
• linearized boundary conditions: the quadratic compo-
nent of velocity in the Bernoulli Equation is reformu-
lated in linear terms to express boundary conditions:
— on free surface: considered as a plane corresponding
to still water: ﬂuid velocity normal to the free surface
equal to velocity of the surface itself (kinematic con-
dition); zero pressure,
— on the hull: considered as a static surface, corre-
sponding to the mean position of the hull: the com-
ponent of the ﬂuid velocity normal to the hull surface
is zero (impermeability condition), and
• linear decomposition into additive independent compo-
nents, separately solved for and later summed up (equa-
tion 12).
Φ = Φ
s
+ Φ
FK
+ Φ
d
+ Φ
r
[12]
where:
Φ
s
= stationary component due to ship advancing in calm
water
Φ
r
= radiation component due to the ship motions in calm
water
Φ
FK
= excitation component, due to the incident wave
(undisturbed by the presence of the ship): Froude-
Krylov
Φ
d
= diffraction component, due to disturbance in the wave
potential generated by the hull
This subdivision also enables the de-coupling of the ex-
citation components from the response ones, thus avoiding
a non-linear feedback between the two.
Other key properties of linear systems that are used in
the analysis are:
• linear relation between the input and output amplitudes,
and
• superposition of effects (sum of inputs corresponds to
sum of outputs).
When using linear methods in the frequency domain,
the input wave system is decomposed into sinusoidal com-
ponents and a response is found for each of them in terms
of amplitude and phase.
The input to the procedure is represented by a spectral
representation of the sea encountered by the ship. Responses,
for a ship in a given condition, depend on the input sea char-
acteristics (spectrum and spatial distribution respect to the
ship course).
The output consists of response spectra of point pres-
sures on the hull and of the other derived responses, such
as global loads and ship motions. Output spectra can be
used to derive short and long-term predictions for the prob-
ability distributions of the responses and of their extreme
values (see Subsection 18.3.4.5).
Despite the numerous and demanding simpliﬁcations at
the basis of the procedure, strip theory methods, developed
since the early 60s, have been validated over time in sev-
eral contexts and are extensively used for predictions of
wave loads.
In principle, the base assumptions of the method are
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TABLE 18.III Examples of Reference Values for Wave Torque
Class Society Q
w
[N
.
m] (at mid-ship)
ABS (bulk carrier)
(e = vertical position of shear center)
BV RINA 190 8 13
250 0 7
125
2 2
3
LB C .
. L
W

|
.
`
,

]
]
]
2700 0 5 0 1 0 13
0 14
2
2
0 5
LB T C . . .
e
D
.
T
W
.
− ( ) +
[ ]

|
.
`
,

]
]
]
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valid only for small wave excitations, small motion re-
sponses and low speed of the ship.
In practice, the ﬁeld of successful applications extends
far beyond the limits suggested by the preservation of re-
alism in the base assumptions: the method is actually used
extensively to study even extreme loads and for fast ves-
sels.
18.3.4.4 Limits of linear methods for wave loads
Due to the simpliﬁcations adopted on boundary conditions
to linearize the problem of ship response in waves, results
in terms of hydrodynamic pressures are given always up to
the still water level, while in reality the pressure distribu-
tion extends over the actual wetted surface. This represents
a major problem when dealing with local loads in the side
region close to the waterline.
Another effect of basic assumptions is that all responses
at a given frequency are represented by sinusoidal ﬂuctua-
tions (symmetric with respect to a zero mean value). A con-
sequence is that all the derived global wave loads also have
the same characteristics, while, for example, actual values
of vertical bending moment show marked differences be-
tween the hogging and sagging conditions. Corrections to
account for this effect are often used, based on statistical
data (7) or on more advanced non-linear methods.
A third implication of linearization regards the super-
imposition of static and dynamic loads. Dynamic loads are
evaluated separately from the static ones and later summed
up: this results in an un-physical situation, in which weight
forces (included only in static loads) are considered as act-
ing always along the vertical axis of the ship reference sys-
tem (as in still water). Actually, in a seaway, weight forces
are directed along the true vertical direction, which depends
on roll and pitch angles, having therefore also components
in the longitudinal and lateral direction of the ship.
This aspect represents one of the intrinsic non-lineari-
ties in the actual system, as the direction of an external input
force (weight) depends on the response of the system itself
(roll and pitch angles).
This effect is often neglected in the practice, where lin-
ear superposition of still water and wave loads is largely fol-
lowed.
18.3.4.5 Wave loads probabilistic characterization
The most widely adopted method to characterize the loads
in the probability domain is the so-called spectral method,
used in conjunction with linear frequency-domain methods
for the solution of the ship-wave interaction problem.
From the frequency domain analysis response spectra
S
y
(ω) are derived, which can be integrated to obtain spec-
tral moments m
n
of order n (equation 13).
[13]
This information is the basis of the spectral method,
whose theoretical framework (main hypotheses, assump-
tions and steps) is recalled in the following.
If the stochastic process representing the wave input to
the ship system is modeled as a stationary and ergodic
Gaussian process with zero mean, the response of the sys-
tem (load) can be modeled as a process having the same char-
acteristics.
The Parseval theorem and the ergodicity property es-
tablish a correspondence between the area of the response
spectrum (spectral moment of order 0: m
0Y
) and the vari-
ance of its Gaussian probability distribution (14). This al-
lows expressing the density probability distribution of the
Gaussian response y in terms of m
0Y
(equation 14).
[14]
Equation 14 expresses the distribution of the ﬂuctuating
response y at a generic time instant.
From a structural point of view, more interesting data
are represented by:
• the probability distribution of the response at selected
time instants, corresponding to the highest values in each
zero-crossing period (peaks: variable p),
• the probability distribution of the excursions between
the highest and the lowest value in each zero-crossing
period (range: variable r), and
• the probability distribution of the highest value in the
whole stationary period of the phenomenon (extreme
value in period T
s
, variable
extrTs
y).
The aforementioned distributions can be derived from
the underlying Gaussian distribution of the response (equa-
tion 14) in the additional hypotheses of narrow band re-
sponse process and of independence between peaks. The ﬁrst
two probability distributions take the form of equations 15
and 16 respectively, both Rayleigh density distributions (see
14).
The distribution in equation 16 is particularly interest-
ing for fatigue checks, as it can be adopted to describe stress
ranges of fatigue cycles.
[15]
[16] f r
r
m
r
m
R
( ) · −
|
.

`
,

4 8
0
2
0
exp
f p
p
m
p
m
P
( ) · −
|
.

`
,

0
2
0
2
exp
f (y)
m
e
Y
Y
y m
Y
·

( )
1
2
0
2
2
0
2
π
/
m S ( )d
ny
n
y
·

ω ω ω
0
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The distribution for the extreme value in the stationary
period T
s
(short term extreme) can be modeled by a Pois-
son distribution (in equation 17: expression of the cumula-
tive distribution) or other equivalent distributions derived
from the statistics of extremes.
[17]
Figure 18.10 summarizes the various short-term distri-
butions.
It is interesting to note that all the mentioned distribu-
tions are expressed in terms of spectral moments of the re-
sponse, which are available from a frequency domain
solution of the ship motions problem.
The results mentioned previously are derived for the
period T
s
in which the input wave system can be consid-
ered as stationary (sea state: typically, a period of a few
hours). The derived distributions (short-term predictions)
are conditioned to the occurrence of a particular sea state,
which is identiﬁed by the sea spectrum, its angular distri-
bution around the main wave direction (spreading func-
tion) and the encounter angle formed with ship advance
direction.
To obtain a long-term prediction, relative to the ship life
(or any other design period T
d
which can be described as a
series of stationary periods), the conditional hypothesis is
to be removed from short-term distributions. In other words,
the probability of a certain response is to be weighed by the
probability of occurrence of the generating sea state (equa-
tion18).
[18]
where:
F(y) = probability for the response to be less than value
y (unconditioned).
F(y|S
i
) = probability for the response to be less than value
y, conditioned to occurrence of sea state S
i
(short
term prediction).
P(S
i
) = probability associated to the i-th sea state.
n = total number of sea states, covering all combi-
nations.
Probability P(S
i
) can be derived from collections of sea data
based on visual observations from commercial ships and/or
on surveys by buoys.
One of the most typical formats is the one contained in
(15), where sea states probabilities are organized in bi-di-
mensional histograms (scatter diagrams), containing classes
F y F y S P(S )
i i
i
n
( ) ·
( )

·

1
F p
m
m
p
m
T
extrT
s
s
( )
· − −
|
.

`
,

]
]
]
]
exp exp
1
2 2
2
0
2
0

of signiﬁcant wave heights and mean periods. Such scatter
diagrams are catalogued according to sea zones, such as
shown in Figure 18.11 (the subdivision of the world atlas),
and main wave direction. Seasonal characteristics are also
available.
The process described in equation 18 can be termed de-
conditioning (that is removing the conditioning hypothesis).
The same procedure can be applied to any of the variables
studied in the short term and it does not change the nature
of the variable itself. If a range distribution is processed, a
long-term distribution for ranges of single oscillations is
obtained (useful data for a fatigue analysis).
If the distribution of variable
extrTs
y is de-conditioned, a
weighed average of the highest peak in time T
s
is achieved.
In this case the result is further processed to get the distri-
bution of the extreme value in the design time T
d
. This is
done with an additional application of the concept of sta-
tistics of extremes.
In the hypothesis that the extremes of the various sea
states are independent from each other, the extreme on time
T
d
is given by equation 19:
[19]
where F(
extrTd
y) is the cumulative probability distribution
for the highest response peak in time T
d
(long-term extreme
distribution in time T
d
).
18.3.4.6 Uncertainties in long-term predictions
The theoretical framework of the above presented spectral
method, coupled to linear frequency domain methodolo-
gies like those summarized in Subsection 18.3.4.3, allows
the characterization, in the probability domain, of all the
wave induced load variables of interest both for strength
and fatigue checks.
The results of this linear prediction procedure are af-
fected by numerous sources of uncertainties, such as:
F y F y
extrTd extrTs
Td/Ts
( )
·
( ) [ ]
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• sea description: as above mentioned, scatter diagrams
are derived from direct observations on the ﬁeld, which
are affected by a certain degree of indetermination.
In addition, simpliﬁed sea spectral shapes are adopted,
based on a limited number of parameters (generally, bi-
parametric formulations based on signiﬁcant wave and
mean wave period),
• model for the ship’s response: as brieﬂy outlined in Sub-
section 18.3.4.3, the model is greatly simpliﬁed, partic-
ularly as regards ﬂuid characteristics and boundary
conditions.
Numerical algorithms and speciﬁc procedures adopted
for the solution also inﬂuence results, creating differences
even between theoretically equivalent methods, and
• the de-conditioning procedure adopted to derive long
term predictions from short term ones can add further
uncertainties.
18.3.5 Local Loads
As previously stated, local loads are applied to individual
structural members like panels and beams (stiffeners or pri-
mary supporting members).
They are once again traditionally divided into static and
dynamic loads, referred respectively to the situation in still
water and in a seaway.
Contrary to strength veriﬁcations of the hull girder, which
are nowadays largely based on ultimate limit states (for ex-
ample, in longitudinal strength: ultimate bending moment),
checks on local structures are still in part implicitly based
on more conservative limit states (yield strength).
In many Rules, reference (characteristic) local loads, as
well as the motions and accelerations on which they are
based, are therefore implicitly calibrated at an exceeding
probability higher than the 10
–8
value adopted in global load
strength veriﬁcations.
18.3.6 External Pressure Loads
Static and dynamic pressures generated on the wet surface
of the hull belong to external loads. They act as local trans-
verse loads for the hull plating and supporting structures.
18.3.6.1 Static external pressures
Hydrostatic pressure is related through equation 20 to the
vertical distance between the free surface and the load point
(static head h
S
).
p
S
= ρgh
S
[20]
In the case of the external pressure on the hull, h
S
cor-
responds to the local draft of the load point (reference is
made to design waterline).
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18.3.6.2 Dynamic pressures
The pressure distribution, as well as the wet portion of the
hull, is modiﬁed for a ship in a seaway with respect to the
still water (Figure 18.9). Pressures and areas of application
are in principle obtained solving the general problem of
ship motions in a seaway.
Approximate distributions of the wave external pressure,
to be added to the hydrostatic one, are adopted in Classiﬁ-
cation Rules for the ship in various load cases (Figure 18.12).
18.3.7 Internal Loads—Liquid in Tanks
Liquid cargoes generate normal pressures on the walls of
the containing tank. Such pressures represent a local trans-
versal load for plate, stiffeners and primary supporting mem-
bers of the tank walls.
18.3.7.1 Static internal pressure
For a ship in still water, gravitation acceleration g gener-
ates a hydrostatic pressure, varying again according to equa-
tion 20. The static head h
S
corresponds here to the vertical
distance from the load point to the highest part of the tank,
increased to account for the vertical extension over that
point of air pipes (that can be occasionally ﬁlled with liq-
uid) or, if applicable, for the ullage space pressure (the pres-
sure present at the free surface, corresponding for example
to the setting pressure of outlet valves).
18.3.7.2 Dynamic internal pressure
When the ship advances in waves, different types of mo-
tions are generated in the liquid contained in a tank on-
board, depending on the period of the ship motions and on
the ﬁlling level: the internal pressure distribution varies ac-
cordingly.
In a completely full tank, ﬂuid internal velocities rela-
tive to the tank walls are small and the acceleration in the
ﬂuid is considered as corresponding to the global ship ac-
celeration a
w
.
The total pressure (equation 21) can be evaluated in terms
of the total acceleration a
T
, obtained summing a
w
to grav-
ity g.
The gravitational acceleration g is directed according to
the true vertical. This means that its components in the ship
reference system depend on roll and pitch angles (in Fig-
ure 18.13 on roll angle θ
r
).
p
f
= ρa
T
h
T
[21]
In equation 21, h
T
is the distance between the load point
and the highest point of the tank in the direction of the total
acceleration vector a
T
(Figure 18.13)
If the tank is only partially ﬁlled, signiﬁcant ﬂuid inter-
nal velocities can arise in the longitudinal and/or transver-
sal directions, producing additional pressure loads (slosh-
ing loads).
If pitch or roll frequencies are close to the tank reso-
nance frequency in the inherent direction (which can be
evaluated on the basis of geometrical parameters and ﬁll-
ing ratio), kinetic energy tends to concentrate in the ﬂuid
and sloshing phenomena are enhanced.
The resulting pressure ﬁeld can be quite complicated
and speciﬁc simulations are needed for a detailed quantiﬁ-
cation. Experimental techniques as well as 2D and 3D pro-
cedures have been developed for the purpose. For more
details see references 16 and 17.
A further type of excitation is represented by impacts that
can occur on horizontal or sub-horizontal plates of the upper
part of the tank walls for high ﬁlling ratios and, at low ﬁll-
ing levels, in vertical or sub-vertical plates of the lower part
of the tank.
Impact loads are very difﬁcult to characterize, being re-
lated to a number of effects, such as: local shape and ve-
locity of the free surface, air trapping in the ﬂuid and
response of the structure. A complete model of the phe-
nomenon would require a very detailed two-phase scheme
for the ﬂuid and a dynamic model for the structure includ-
ing hydro-elasticity effects.
Simpliﬁed distributions of sloshing and/or impact pres-
sures are often provided by Classiﬁcation Societies for struc-
tural veriﬁcation (Figure 18.14).
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Figure 18.13 Internal Fluid Pressure (full tank)
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18.3.7.3 Dry bulk cargo
In the case of a dry bulk cargo, internal friction forces arise
within the cargo itself and between the cargo and the walls
of the hold. As a result, the component normal to the wall
has a different distribution from the load corresponding to
a liquid cargo of the same density; also additional tangen-
tial components are present.
18.3.8 Inertial Loads—Dry Cargo
To account for this effect, distributions for the components
of cargo load are approximated with empirical formulations
based on the material frictional characteristics, usually ex-
pressed by the angle of repose for the bulk cargo, and on
the slope of the wall. Such formulations cover both the static
and the dynamic cases.
18.3.8.1 Unit cargo
In the case of a unit cargo (container, pallet, vehicle or other)
the local translational accelerations at the centre of gravity
are applied to the mass to obtain a distribution of inertial
forces. Such forces are transferred to the structure in dif-
ferent ways, depending on the number and extension of con-
tact areas and on typology and geometry of the lashing or
supporting systems.
Generally, this kind of load is modelled by one or more
concentrated forces (Figure 18.15) or by a uniform load ap-
plied on the contact area with the structure.
The latter case applies, for example, to the inertial loads
transmitted by tyred vehicles when modelling the response
of the deck plate between stiffeners: in this case the load is
distributed uniformly on the tyre print.
18.3.9 Dynamic Loads
18.3.9.1 Slamming and bow ﬂare loads
When sailing in heavy seas, the ship can experience such
large heave motions that the forebody emerges completely
from the water. In the following downward fall, the bottom
of the ship can hit the water surface, thus generating con-
siderable impact pressures.
The phenomenon occurs in ﬂat areas of the forward part
of the ship and it is strongly correlated to loading condi-
tions with a low forward draft.
It affects both local structures (bottom panels) and the
global bending behaviour of the hull girder with generation
also of free vibrations at the ﬁrst vertical ﬂexural modes for
the hull (whipping).
A full description of the slamming phenomenon involves
a number of parameters: amplitude and velocity of ship mo-
tions relative to water, local angle formed at impact between
the ﬂat part of the hull and the water free surface, presence
and extension of air trapped between ﬂuid and ship bottom
and structural dynamic behavior (18,19).
While slamming probability of occurrence can be stud-
ied on the basis only of predictions of ship relative motions
(which should in principle include non-linear effects due to
extreme motions), a quantiﬁcation of slamming pressure
involves necessarily all the other mentioned phenomena
and is very difﬁcult to attain, both from a theoretical and
experimental point of view (18,19).
From a practical point of view, Class Societies prescribe,
for ships with loading conditions corresponding to a low fore
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Figure 18.14 Example of Simpliﬁed Distributions of Sloshing and Impact
Pressures (11)
Figure 18.15 Scheme of Local Forces Transmitted by a Container to the
Support System (8)
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draft, local structural checks based on an additional exter-
nal pressure.
Such additional pressure is formulated as a function of
ship main characteristics, of local geometry of the ship
(width of ﬂat bottom, local draft) and, in some cases, of the
ﬁrst natural frequency of ﬂexural vibration of the hull girder.
The inﬂuence on global loads is accounted for by an ad-
ditional term for the vertical wave-induced bending mo-
ment, which can produce a signiﬁcant increase (15% and
more) in the design value.
A phenomenon quite similar to bottom slamming can
occur also on the forebody of ships with a large bow ﬂare.
In this case dynamic and (to a lesser extent) impulsive pres-
sures are generated on the sides of V-shaped fore sections.
The phenomenon is likely to occur quite frequently on
ships prone to it, but with lower pressures than in bottom
slamming. The incremental effect on vertical bending mo-
ment can however be signiﬁcant.
A quantiﬁcation of bow ﬂare effects implies taking into
account the variation of the local breadth of the section as
a function of draft. It represents a typical non-linear effect
(non-linearity due to hull geometry).
Slamming can also occur in the rear part of the ship,
when the ﬂat part of the stern counter is close to surface.
18.3.9.2 Springing
Another phenomenon which involves the dynamic response
of the hull girder is springing. For particular types of ships,
a coincidence can occur between the frequency of wave ex-
citation and the natural frequency associated to the ﬁrst
(two-node) ﬂexural mode in the vertical plane, thus pro-
ducing a resonance for that mode (see also Subsection
18.6.8.2).
The phenomenon has been observed in particular on Great
Lakes vessels, a category of ships long and ﬂexible, with com-
paratively low resonance frequencies (1, Chapter VI).
The exciting action has an origin similar to the case of
quasi-static wave bending moment and can be studied with
the same techniques, but the response in terms of deﬂec-
tion and stresses is magniﬁed by dynamic effects. For re-
cent developments of research in the ﬁeld (see references
16 and 17).
18.3.9.3 Propeller induced pressures and forces
Due to the wake generated by the presence of the after part
of the hull, the propeller operates in a non-uniform incident
velocity ﬁeld.
Blade proﬁles experience a varying angle of attack dur-
ing the revolution and the pressure ﬁeld generated around
the blades ﬂuctuates accordingly.
The dynamic pressure ﬁeld impinges the hull plating in
the stern region, thus generating an exciting force for the
structure.
A second effect is due to axial and non axial forces and
moments generated by the propeller on the shaft and trans-
mitted through the bearings to the hull (bearing forces).
Due to the negative dynamic pressure generated by the
increased angle of attack, the local pressure on the back of
blade proﬁles can, for any rotation angle, fall below the
vapor saturation pressure. In this case, a vapor sheet is gen-
erated on the back of the proﬁle (cavitation phenomenon).
The vapor ﬁlled cavity collapses as soon as the angle of at-
tack decreases in the propeller revolution and the local pres-
sure rises again over the vapor saturation pressure.
Cavitation further enhances pressure ﬂuctuations, be-
cause of the rapid displacement of the surrounding water
volume during the growing phase of the vapor bubble and
because of the following implosion when conditions for its
existence are removed.
All of the three mentioned types of excitation have their
main components at the propeller rotational frequency, at
the blade frequency, and at their ﬁrst harmonics. In addi-
tion to the above frequencies, the cavitation pressure ﬁeld
contains also other components at higher frequency, related
to the dynamics of the vapor cavity.
Propellers with skewed blades perform better as regards
induced pressure, because not all the blade sections pass si-
multaneously in the region of the stern counter, where dis-
turbances in the wake are larger; accordingly, pressure
ﬂuctuations are distributed over a longer time period and
peak values are lower.
Bearing forces and pressures induced on the stern counter
by cavitating and non cavitating propellers can be calculated
with dedicated numerical simulations (18).
18.3.9.4 Main engine excitation
Another major source of dynamic excitation for the hull
girder is represented by the main engine. Depending on
general arrangement and on number of cylinders, diesel en-
gines generate internally unbalanced forces and moments,
mainly at the engine revolution frequency, at the cylinders
ﬁring frequency and inherent harmonics (Figure 18.16).
The excitation due to the ﬁrst harmonics of low speed
diesel engines can be at frequencies close to the ﬁrst natu-
ral hull girder frequencies, thus representing a possible cause
of a global resonance.
In addition to frequency coincidence, also direction and
location of the excitation are important factors: for exam-
ple, a vertical excitation in a nodal point of a vertical ﬂex-
ural mode has much less effect in exciting that mode than
the same excitation placed on a point of maximum modal
deﬂection.
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In addition to low frequency hull vibrations, components
at higher frequencies from the same sources can give rise
to resonance in local structures, which can be predicted by
suitable dynamic structural models (18,19).
18.3.10 Other Loads
18.3.10.1 Thermal loads
A ship experiences loads as a result of thermal effects, which
can be produced by external agents (the sun heating the
deck), or internal ones (heat transfer from/to heated or re-
frigerated cargo).
What actually creates stresses is a non-uniform temper-
ature distribution, which implies that the warmer part of the
structure tends to expand while the rest opposes to this de-
formation. A peculiar aspect of this situation is that the por-
tion of the structure in larger elongation is compressed and
vice-versa, which is contrary to the normal experience.
It is very difﬁcult to quantify thermal loads, the main
problems being related to the identiﬁcation of the temper-
ature distribution and in particular to the model for con-
straints. Usually these loads are considered only in a
qualitative way (1, Chapter VI).
18.3.10.2 Mooring loads
For a moored vessel, loads are exerted from external actions
on the mooring system and from there to the local sup-
porting structure. The main contributions come by wind,
waves and current.
Wind: The force due to wind action is mainly directed in
the direction of the wind (drag force), even if a limited com-
ponent in the orthogonal direction can arise in particular sit-
uations. The magnitude depends on the wind speed and on
extension and geometry of the exposed part of the ship. The
action due to wind can be described in terms of two force
components; a longitudinal one F
WiL
, and a transverse one
F
WiT
(equation 22), and a moment M
Wiz
about the vertical
axis (equation 23), all applied at the center of gravity.
[22]
[23]
where:
φ
Wi
= the angle formed by the direction of the wind rela-
tive to the ship
C
Mz

Wi
), C
FL

Wi
), C
FT

Wi
) are all coefﬁcients depending
on the shape of exposed part of the ship and on
angle φ
Wi
A
Wi
= the reference area for the surface of the ship exposed
to wind, (usually the area of the cross section)
V
Wi
= the wind speed
The empirical formulas in equations 22 and 23 account
also for the tangential force acting on the ship surfaces par-
allel to the wind direction.
Current: The current exerts on the immersed part of the
hull a similar action to the one of wind on the emerged part
(drag force). It can be described through coefﬁcients and
variables analogous to those of equations 22 and 23.
Waves: Linear wave excitation has in principle a sinu-
soidal time dependence (whose mean value is by deﬁnition
zero). If ship motions in the wave direction are not con-
strained (for example, if the anchor chain is not in tension)
the ship motion follows the excitation with similar time de-
pendence and a small time lag. In this case the action on
the mooring system is very small (a few percent of the other
actions).
If the ship is constrained, signiﬁcant loads arise on the
mooring system, whose amplitude can be of the same order
of magnitude of the stationary forces due to the other actions.
In addition to the linear effects discussed above, non-lin-
ear wave actions, with an average value different from zero,
are also present, due to potential forces of higher order, for-
mation of vortices, and viscous effects. These components
can be signiﬁcant on off-shore ﬂoating structures, which
often feature also complicated mooring systems: in those
cases the dynamic behavior of the mooring system is to be
included in the analysis, to solve a speciﬁc motion prob-
lem. For common ships, non-linear wave effects are usu-
ally neglected.
A practical rule-of-thumb for taking into account wave
actions for a ship at anchor in non protected waters is to in-
crease of 75 to 100% the sum of the other force components.
Once the total force on the ship is quantiﬁed, the ten-
sion in the mooring system (hawser, rope or chain) can be
M C A L V
Wiz Mz Wi Wi
Wi
· ( ) 1 2
2
/ φ φ
F C A V
WiL,T F L,T Wi Wi
Wi
· ( ) 1 2
2
/ φ φ
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Figure 18.16 Propeller, Shaft and Engine Induced Actions (20)
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derived by force decomposition, taking into account the
angle formed with the external force in the horizontal and/or
vertical plane.
18.3.10.3 Launching loads
The launch is a unique moment in the life of the ship. For
a successful completion of this complex operation, a num-
ber of practical, organizational and technical elements are
to be kept under control (as general reference see Reference
1, Chapter XVII).
Here only the aspect of loads acting on the ship will be
discussed, so, among the various types of launch, only those
which present peculiarities as regards ship loads will be
considered: end launch and side launch.
End Launch: In end launch, resultant forces and motions
are contained in the longitudinal plane of the ship (Figure
18.17).
The vessel is subjected to vertical sectional forces dis-
tributed along the hull girder: weight w(x), buoyancy b
L
(x)
and the sectional force transmitted from the ground way to
the cradle and from the latter to the ship’s bottom (in the
following: sectional cradle force f
C
(x), with resultant F
C
).
While the weight distribution and its resultant force
(weight W) are invariant during launching, the other distri-
butions change in shape and resultant: the derivation of
launching loads is based on the computation of these two
distributions.
Such computation, repeated for various positions of the
cradle, is based on the global static equilibrium s (equa-
tions 24 and 25, in which dynamic effects are neglected:
quasi static approach).
B
T
+ F
C
– W = 0 [24]
x
B
B
T
+ x
F
F
C
– x
W
W = 0 [25]
where:
W, B
T
, F
C
= (respectively) weight, buoyancy and cradle
force resultants
x
W
, x
B
, x
F
= their longitudinal positions
In a ﬁrst phase of launching, when the cradle is still in
contact for a certain length with the ground way, the buoy-
ancy distribution is known and the cradle force resultant
and position is derived.
In a second phase, beginning when the cradle starts to
rotate (pivoting phase: Figure 18.18), the position x
F
cor-
responds steadily to the fore end of the cradle and what is
unknown is the magnitude of F
C
and the actual aft draft of
the ship (and consequently, the buoyancy distribution).
The total sectional vertical force distribution is found as
the sum of the three components (equation 26) and can be
integrated according to equations 1 and 2 to derive vertical
shear and bending moment.
q
VL
(x) = w(x) – b
L
(x) – f
C
(x) [26]
This computation is performed for various intermediate
positions of the cradle during the launching in order to check
all phases. However, the most demanding situation for the
hull girder corresponds to the instant when pivoting starts.
In that moment the cradle force is concentrated close to
the bow, at the fore end of the cradle itself (on the fore pop-
pet, if one is ﬁtted) and it is at the maximum value.
A considerable sagging moment is present in this situ-
ation, whose maximum value is usually lower than the de-
sign one, but tends to be located in the fore part of the ship,
where bending strength is not as high as at midship.
Furthermore, the ship at launching could still have tem-
porary openings or incomplete structures (lower strength)
in the area of maximum bending moment.
Another matter of concern is the concentrated force at
the fore end of the cradle, which can reach a signiﬁcant per-
centage of the total weight (typically 20–30%). It represents
a strong local load and often requires additional temporary
internal strengthening structures, to distribute the force on
a portion of the structure large enough to sustain it.
Side Launch: In side launch, the main motion compo-
nents are directed in the transversal plane of the ship (see
Figure 18.19, reproduced from reference 1, Chapter XVII).
The vertical reaction from ground ways is substituted in
a comparatively short time by buoyancy forces when the ship
tilts and drops into water.
The kinetic energy gained during the tilting and drop-
ping phases makes the ship oscillate around her ﬁnal posi-
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Figure 18.17 End Launch: Sketch
Figure 18.18 Forces during Pivoting
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tion at rest. The amplitude of heave and roll motions and
accelerations governs the magnitude of hull girder loads.
Contrary to end launch, trajectory and loads cannot be stud-
ied as a sequence of quasi-static equilibrium positions, but
need to be investigated with a dynamic analysis.
The problem is similar to the one regarding ship mo-
tions in waves, (Subsection 18.3.4), with the difference that
here motions are due to a free oscillation of the system due
to an unbalanced initial condition and not to an external ex-
citation.
Another difference with respect to end launch is that
both ground reaction (ﬁrst) and buoyancy forces (later) are
always distributed along the whole length of the ship and
are not concentrated in a portion of it.
18.3.10.4 Accidental loads
Accidental loads (collision and grounding) are discussed
in more detail by ISSC (21).
Collision: When deﬁning structural loads due to colli-
sions, the general approach is to model the dynamics of the
accident itself, in order to deﬁne trajectories of the unit(s)
involved.
In general terms, the dynamics of collision should be
formulated in six degrees of freedom, accounting for a num-
ber of forces acting during the event: forces induced by pro-
peller, rudder, waves, current, collision forces between the
units, hydrodynamic pressure due to motions.
Normally, theoretical models conﬁne the analysis to
components in the horizontal plane (3 degrees of freedom)
and to collision forces and motion-induced hydrodynamic
pressures. The latter are evaluated with potential methods
of the same type as those adopted for the study of the re-
sponse of the ship to waves.
As regards collision forces, they can be described dif-
ferently depending on the characteristics of the struck ob-
ject (ship, platform, bridge pylon…) with different
combinations of rigid, elastic or an elastic body models.
Governing equations for the problem are given by con-
servation of momentum and of energy. Within this frame-
work, time domain simulations can evaluate the magnitude
of contact forces and the energy, which is absorbed by struc-
ture deformation: these quantities, together with the response
characteristics of the structure (energy absorption capacity),
allow an evaluation of the damage penetration (21).
Grounding: In grounding, dominant effects are forces and
motions in the vertical plane.
As regards forces, main components are contact forces,
developed at the ﬁrst impact with the ground, then friction,
when the bow slides on the ground, and weight.
From the point of view of energy, the initial kinetic en-
ergy is (a) dissipated in the deformation of the lower part
of the bow (b) dissipated in friction of the same area against
the ground, (c) spent in deformation work of the ground (if
soft: sand, gravel) and (d) converted into gravitational po-
tential energy (work done against the weight force, which
resists to the vertical raising of the ship barycenter).
In addition to soil characteristics, key parameters for the
description are: slope and geometry of the ground, initial
speed and direction of the ship relative to ground, shape of
the bow (with/without bulb).
The ﬁnal position (grounded ship) governs the magni-
tude of the vertical reaction force and the distribution of
shear and sagging moment that are generated in the hull
girder. Figure 18.20 gives an idea of the magnitude of
grounding loads for different combinations of ground slopes
and coefﬁcients of friction for a 150 000 tanker (results of
simulations from reference 22).
In addition to numerical simulations, full and model
scale tests are performed to study grounding events (21).
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Figure 18.19 Side Launch (1, Chapter XVII) Figure 18.20 Sagging Moments for a Grounded Ship: Simulation Results (22)
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18.3.11 Combination of Loads
When dealing with the characterization of a set of loads
acting simultaneously, the interest lies in the deﬁnition of
a total loading condition with the required exceeding prob-
ability (usually the same of the single components). This
cannot be obtained by simple superposition of the charac-
teristic values of single contributing loads, as the probabil-
ity that all design loads occur at the same time is much lower
than the one associated to the single component.
In the time domain, the combination problem is ex-
pressed in terms of time shift between the instants in which
characteristic values occur.
In the probability domain, the complete formulation of
the problem would imply, in principle, the deﬁnition of a
joint probability distribution of the various loads, in order
to quantify the distribution for the total load. An approxi-
mation would consist in modeling the joint distribution
through its ﬁrst and second order moments, that is mean val-
ues and covariance matrix (composed by the variances of
the single variables and by the covariance calculated for
each couple of variables). However, also this level of sta-
tistical characterization is difﬁcult to obtain.
As a practical solution to the problem, empirically based
load cases are deﬁned in Rules by means of combination
coefﬁcients (with values generally ≤ 1) applied to single
loads. Such load cases, each deﬁned by a set of coefﬁcients,
represent realistic and, in principle, equally probable com-
binations of characteristic values of elementary loads.
Structural checks are performed for all load cases. The
result of the veriﬁcation is governed by the one, which turns
out to be the most conservative for the speciﬁc structure.
This procedure needs a higher number of checks (which, on
the other hand, can be easily automated today), but allows
considering various load situations (deﬁned with different
combinations of the same base loads), without choosing a
priori the worst one.
18.3.12 New Trends and Load Non-linearities
A large part of research efforts is still devoted to a better
deﬁnition of wave loads. New procedures have been pro-
posed in the last decades to improve traditional 2D linear
methods, overcoming some of the simpliﬁcations adopted
to treat the problem of ship motions in waves. For a com-
plete state of the art of computational methods in the ﬁeld,
reference is made to (23). A very coarse classiﬁcation of
the main features of the procedures reported in literature is
here presented (see also reference 24).
18.3.12.1 2D versus 3D models
Three-dimensional extensions of linear methods are avail-
able; some non-linear methods have also 3-D features, while
in other cases an intermediate approach is followed, with
boundary conditions formulated part in 2D, part in 3D.
18.3.12.2 Body boundary conditions
In linear methods, body boundary conditions are set with
reference to the mean position of the hull (in still water).
Perturbation terms take into account, in the frequency or in
the time domain, ﬁrst order variations of hydrodynamic and
hydrostatic coefﬁcients around the still water line.
Other non-linear methods account for perturbation terms
of a higher order. In this case, body boundary conditions
are still linear (mean position of the hull), but second order
variations of the coefﬁcients are accounted for.
Mixed or blending procedures consist in linear methods
modiﬁed to include non-linear effects in a single compo-
nent of the velocity potential (while the other ones are treated
linearly). In particular, they account for the actual geome-
try of wetted hull (non-linear body boundary condition) in
the Froude-Krylov potential only. This effect is believed to
have a major role in the deﬁnition of global loads.
More evolved (and complex) methods are able to take
properly into account the exact body boundary condition
(actual wetted surface of the hull).
18.3.12.3 Free surface boundary conditions
Boundary conditions on free surface can be set, depending
on the various methods, with reference to: (a) a free stream
at constant velocity, corresponding to ship advance, (b) a
double body ﬂow, accounting for the disturbance induced
by the presence of a fully immersed double body hull on
the uniform ﬂow, (c) the ﬂow corresponding to the steady
advance of the ship in calm water, considering the free sur-
face or (d) the incident wave proﬁle (neglecting the inter-
action with the hull).
Works based on fully non-linear formulations of the free
surface conditions have also been published.
18.3.12.4 Fluid characteristics
All the methods above recalled are based on an inviscid
ﬂuid potential scheme.
Some results have been published of viscous ﬂow mod-
els based on the solution of Reynolds Averaged Navier
Stokes (RANS) equations in the time domain. These meth-
ods represent the most recent trend in the ﬁeld of ship mo-
tions and loads prediction and their use is limited to a few
research groups.
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18.4 STRESSES AND DEFLECTIONS
The reactions of structural components of the ship hull to
external loads are usually measured by either stresses or
deﬂections. Structural performance criteria and the associ-
ated analyses involving stresses are referred to under the gen-
eral term of strength. The strength of a structural component
would be inadequate if it experiences a loss of load-carry-
ing ability through material fracture, yield, buckling, or
some other failure mechanism in response to the applied
loading. Excessive deﬂection may also limit the structural
effectiveness of a member, even though material failure
does not occur, if that deﬂection results in a misalignment
or other geometric displacement of vital components of the
ship’s machinery, navigational equipment, etc., thus ren-
dering the system ineffective.
The present section deals with the determination of the
responses, in the form of stress and deﬂection, of structural
members to the applied loads. Once these responses are
known it is necessary to determine whether the structure is
adequate to withstand the demands placed upon it, and this
requires consideration of the different failure modes asso-
ciated to the limit states, as discussed in Sections 18.5 and
18.6
Although longitudinal strength under vertical bending
moment and vertical shear forces is the ﬁrst important
strength consideration in almost all ships, a number of other
strength considerations must be considered. Prominent
amongst these are transverse, torsional and horizontal bend-
ing strength, with torsional strength requiring particular at-
tention on open ships with large hatches arranged close
together. All these are brieﬂy presented in this Section. More
detailed information is available in Lewis (2) and Hughes
(3), both published by SNAME, and Rawson (25). Note
that the content of Section 18.4 is inﬂuenced mainly from
Lewis (2).
18.4.1 Stress and Deﬂection Components
The structural response of the hull girder and the associ-
ated members can be subdivided into three components
(Figure 18.21).
Primary response is the response of the entire hull, when
the ship bends as a beam under the longitudinal distribution
of load. The associated primary stresses (σ
1
) are those, which
are usually called the longitudinal bending stresses, but the
general category of primary does not imply a direction.
Secondary response relates to the global bending of stiff-
ened panels (for single hull ship) or to the behavior of dou-
ble bottom, double sides, etc., for double hull ships:
• Stresses in the plating of stiffened panel under lateral
pressure may have different origins (σ
2
and σ
2
*). For a
stiffened panel, there is the stress (σ
2
) and deﬂection of
the global bending of the orthotropic stiffened panels,
for example, the panel of bottom structure contained be-
tween two adjacent transverse bulkheads. The stiffener
and the attached plating bend under the lateral load and
the plate develops additional plane stresses since the
plate acts as a ﬂange with the stiffeners. In longitudinally
framed ships there is also a second type of secondary
stresses: σ
2
* corresponds to the bending under the hy-
drostatic pressure of the longitudinals between trans-
verse frames (web frames). For transversally framed
panels, σ
2
* may also exist and would correspond to the
bending of the equally spaced frames between two stiff
longitudinal girders.
• A double bottombehaves as box girder but can bend lon-
gitudinally, transversally or both. This global bending in-
duces stress (σ
2
) and deﬂection. In addition, there is also
Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-21
Figure 18.21 Primary (Hull), Secondary (Double Bottom and Stiffened Panels)
and Tertiary (Plate) Structural Responses (1, 2)
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the σ
2
* stress that corresponds to the bending of the lon-
gitudinals (for example, in the inner and outer bottom)
between two transverse elements (ﬂoors).
Tertiary response describes the out-of-plane deﬂection
and associated stress of an individual unstiffened plate panel
included between 2 longitudinals and 2 transverse web
frames. The boundaries are formed by these components
(Figure 18.22).
Primary and secondary responses induce in-plane mem-
brane stresses, nearly uniformly distributed through the plate
thickness. Tertiary stresses, which result from the bending
of the plate member itself vary through the thickness, but
may contain a membrane component if the out-of-plane de-
ﬂections are large compared to the plate thickness.
In many instances, there is little or no interaction be-
tween the three (primary, secondary, tertiary) component
stresses or deﬂections, and each component may be com-
puted by methods and considerations entirely independent
of the other two. The resultant stress, in such a case, is then
obtained by a simple superposition of the three component
stresses (Subsection 18.4.7). An exception is the case of
plate (tertiary) deﬂections, which are large compared to the
thickness of plate.
In plating, each response induces longitudinal stresses,
transverse stresses and shear stresses. This is due to the
Poisson’s Ratio. Both primary and secondary stresses are
bending stresses but in plating these stresses look like mem-
brane stresses.
In stiffeners, only primary and secondary responses in-
duce stresses in the direction of the members and shear
stresses. Tertiary response has no effect on the stiffeners.
In Figure 18.21 (see also
Figure 18.37
) the three types of re-
sponse are shown with their associated stresses (σ
1,
σ
2
, σ
2
*
and σ
3
). These considerations point to the inherent sim-
plicity of the underlying theory. The structural naval archi-
tect deals principally with beam theory, plate theory, and
combinations of both.
18.4.2 Basic Structural Components
Structural components are extensively discussed in Chap-
ter 17 – Structure Arrangement Component Design. In this
section, only the basic structural component used exten-
sively is presented. It is basically a stiffened panel.
The global ship structure is usually referred to as being
a box girder or hull girder. Modeling of this hull girder is
the ﬁrst task of the designer. It is usually done by model-
ing the hull girder with a series of stiffened panels.
Stiffened panels are the main components of a ship. Al-
most any part of the ship can be modeled as stiffened pan-
els (plane or cylindrical).
This means that, once the ship’s main dimensions and
general arrangement are ﬁxed, the remaining scantling de-
velopment mainly deals with stiffened panels.
The panels are joined one to another by connecting lines
(edges of the prismatic structures) and have longitudinal
and transverse stiffening (Figures 18.23, 24 and 36).
• Longitudinal Stiffening includes
— longitudinals (equally distributed), used only for the
design of longitudinally stiffened panels,
— girders (not equally distributed).
• Transverse Stiffening includes (Figure 18.23)
— transverse bulkheads (a),
— the main transverse framing also called web-frames
(equally distributed; large spacing), used for longi-
tudinally stiffened panels (b) and transversally stiff-
ened panels (c).
18.4.3 Primary Response
18.4.3.1 Beam Model and Hull Section Modulus
The structural members involved in the computation of pri-
mary stress are, for the most part, the longitudinally contin-
uous members such as deck, side, bottom shell, longitudinal
bulkheads, and continuous or fully effective longitudinal
primary or secondary stiffening members.
Elementary beam theory (equation 29) is usually uti-
lized in computing the component of primary stress, σ
1
, and
deﬂection due to vertical or lateral hull bending loads. In
assessing the applicability of this beam theory to ship struc-
tures, it is useful to restate the underlying assumptions:
• the beam is prismatic, that is, all cross sections are the
same and there is no openings or discontinuities,
• plane cross sections remain plane after deformation, will
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not deform in their own planes, and merely rotate as the
beam deﬂects.
• transverse (Poisson) effects on strain are neglected.
• the material behaves elastically: the elasticity modulus
in tension and compression is equal.
• Shear effects and bending (stresses, strains) are not cou-
pled. For torsional deformation, the effect of secondary
shear and axial stresses due to warping deformations are
neglected.
Since stress concentrations (deck openings, side ports,
etc.) cannot be avoided in a highly complex structure such
as a ship, their effects must be included in any comprehen-
sive stress analysis. Methods dealing with stress concen-
trations are presented in Subsection 18.6.6.3 as they are
linked to fatigue.
The elastic linear bending equations, equations 27 and
28, are derived from basic mechanic principle presented at
Figure 18.24.
EI (∂
2
w/∂x
2
) = M(x) [27]
or
EI (∂
4
w/∂x
4
) = q(x) [28]
where:
w = deﬂection (Figure 18.24), in m
E = modulus of elasticity of the material, in N/m
2
I = moment of inertia of beam cross section about a
horizontal axis through its centroid, in m
4
M(x) = bending moment, in N.m
q(x) = load per unit length in N/m
= ∂V(x)/∂x
= ∂
2
M(x)/∂x
2
= EI (∂
4
w/∂x
4
)
Hull Section Modulus: The plane section assumption to-
gether with elastic material behavior results in a longitudi-
nal stress, σ
1
, in the beam that varies linearly over the depth
of the cross section.
The simple beam theory for longitudinal strength cal-
culations of a ship is based on the hypothesis (usually at-
tributed to Navier) that plane sections remain plane and in
the absence of shear, normal to the OXY plane (Figure
18.24). This gives the well-known formula:
[29]
where:
M = bending moment (in N.m)
σ = bending stress (in N/m
2
)
f p
p
m
p
m
P
( ) · −
|
.

`
,

0
2
0
2
exp
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Figure 18.23 Types of Stiffening (Longitudinal and Transverse)
Figure 18.24 Behavior of an Elastic Beam under Shear Force and Bending
Moment (2)
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I = Sectional moment of Inertia about the neutral axis
(in m
4
)
c = distance from the neutral axis to the extreme mem-
ber (in m)
SM = section modulus (I/c) (in m
3
)
For a given bending moment at a given cross section of
a ship, at any part of the cross section, the stress may be ob-
tained (σ = M/SM = Mc/I) which is proportional to the dis-
tance c of that part from the neutral axis. The neutral axis
will seldom be located exactly at half-depth of the section;
hence two values of c and σ will be obtained for each sec-
tion for any given bending moment, one for the top ﬁber
(deck) and one for the bottom ﬁber (bottom shell).
A variation on the above beam equations may be of im-
portance in ship structures. It concerns beams composed of
two or more materials of different moduli of elasticity, for
example, steel and aluminum. In this case, the ﬂexural rigid-
ity, EI, is replaced by ∫
A
E(z) z
2
dA, where A is cross sec-
tional area and E(z) the modulus of elasticity of an element
of area dA located at distance z from the neutral axis. The
neutral axis is located at such height that ∫A E(z) z dA = 0.
Calculation of Section Modulus: An important step in
routine ship design is the calculation of the midship section
modulus. As deﬁned in connection with equation 29, it in-
dicates the bending strength properties of the primary hull
structure. The section modulus to the deck or bottom is ob-
tained by dividing the moment of inertia by the distance
from the neutral axis to the molded deck line at side or to
the base line, respectively.
In general, the following items may be included in the
calculation of the section modulus, provided they are con-
tinuous or effectively developed:
• deck plating (strength deck and other effective decks).
(See Subsection 18.4.3.9 for Hull/Superstructure Inter-
action).
• shell and inner bottom plating,
• deck and bottom girders,
• plating and longitudinal stiffeners of longitudinal bulk-
heads,
• all longitudinals of deck, sides, bottom and inner bot-
tom, and
• continuous longitudinal hatch coamings.
In general, only members that are effective in both tension
and compression are assumed to act as part of the hull girder.
Theoretically, a thorough analysis of longitudinal strength
would include the construction of a curve of section moduli
throughout the length of the ship as shown in Figure 18.25.
Dividing the ordinates of the maximum bending-moments
curve (the envelope curve of maxima) by the corresponding
ordinates of the section-moduli curve yields stress values,
and by using both the hogging and sagging moment curves
four curves of stress can be obtained; that is, tension and com-
pression values for both top and bottom extreme ﬁbers.
It is customary, however, to assume the maximum bend-
ing moment to extend over the midship portion of the ship.
Minimum section modulus most often occurs at the loca-
tion of a hatch or a deck opening. Accordingly, the classi-
ﬁcation societies ordinarily require the maintenance of the
midship scantlings throughout the midship four-tenths
length. This practice maintains the midship section area of
structure practically at full value in the vicinity of maximum
shear as well as providing for possible variation in the pre-
cise location of the maximum bending moment.
Lateral Bending Combined with Vertical Bending: Up to
this point, attention has been focused principally upon the ver-
tical longitudinal bending response of the hull. As the ship
moves through a seaway encountering waves from directions
other than directly ahead or astern, it will experience lateral
bending loads and twisting moments in addition to the ver-
tical loads. The former may be dealt with by methods that
are similar to those used for treating the vertical bending
loads, noting that there will be no component of still water
bending moment or shear in the lateral direction. The twist-
ing or torsional loads will require some special consideration.
Note that the response of the ship to the overall hull twisting
loading should be considered a primary response.
The combination of vertical and horizontal bending mo-
ment has as major effect to increase the stress at the ex-
treme corners of the structure (equation 30).
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[30]
where M
v
, I
v
, c
v
, and M
h
, I
h
, c
h
, correspond to the M, I, c
deﬁned in equation 29, for the vertical bending and the hor-
izontal bending respectively.
For a given vertical bending (M
v
), the periodical wave
induced horizontal bending moment (M
h
) increases stresses,
alternatively, on the upper starboard and lower portside, and
on the upper portside and lower starboard. This explains
why these areas are usually reinforced.
Empirical interaction formulas between vertical bend-
ing, horizontal bending and shear related to ultimate strength
of hull girder are given in Subsection 18.6.5.2.
Transverse Stresses: With regards to the validity of the
Navier Equation (equation 29), a signiﬁcant improvement
may be obtained by considering a longitudinal strength
member composed of thin plate with transverse framing.
This might, for example, represent a portion of the deck
structure of a ship that is subject to a longitudinal stress σ
x
,
from the primary bending of the hull girder. As a result of
the longitudinal strain, ε
x
, which is associated with σ
x
, there
will exist a transverse strain, ε
s
. For the case of a plate that
is free of constraint in the transverse direction, the two
strains will be of opposite sign and the ratio of their ab-
solute values, given by | ε
s
/ ε
x
| = ν, is a constant property
of the material. The quantity ν is called Poisson’s Ratio and,
for steel and aluminum, has a value of approximately 0.3.
Hooke’s Law, which expresses the relation between stress
and strain in two dimensions, may be stated in terms of the
plate strains (equation 31). This shows that the primary re-
sponse induces both longitudinal (σ
x
) and transversal
stresses (σ
s
) in plating.
ε
x
= 1/E ( σ
x
– v σ
S
)
[31]
ε
S
= 1/E ( σ
S
– ν σ
x
)
As transverse plate boundaries are usually constrained
(displacements not allowed), the transverse stress can be
taken, in ﬁrst approximation as:
σ
s
= ν σ
x
[32]
Equation 32 is only valid to assess the additional stresses
in a given direction induced by the stresses in the perpen-
dicular direction computed, for instance, with the Navier
equation (equation 29).
18.4.3.2 Shear stress associated to shear forces
The simple beam theory expressions given in the preced-
ing section permit evaluation the longitudinal component
of the primary stress, σ
x
. In Figure 18.26, it can be seen that
σ ·
( )
+
( )
M
I c
M
I c
v
v v
h
h h
an element of side shell or deck plating may, in general be
subject to two other components of stress, a direct stress in
the transverse direction and a shearing stress.
This ﬁgure illustrates these as the stress resultants, de-
ﬁned as the stress multiplied by plate thickness.
The stress resultants (N/m) are given by the following
expressions:
N
x
= t σ
x
and Ns = t σ
s
stress resultants, in N/m
N = t τ shear stress resultant or shear ﬂow, in N/m
where:
σ
x
, σ
s
= stresses in the longitudinal and transverse direc-
tions, in N/m
2
τ = shear stress, in N/m
2
t = plate thickness, in m
In many parts of the ship, the longitudinal stress, σ
x
, is
the dominant component. There are, however, locations in
which the shear component becomes important and under
unusual circumstances the transverse component may, like-
wise, become important. A suitable procedure for estimat-
ing these other component stresses may be derived by
considering the equations of static equilibrium of the ele-
ment of plating (Figure 18.26). The static equilibrium con-
ditions for a plate element subjected only to in-plane stress,
that is, no plate bending, are:
∂Nx / ∂x + ∂N / ∂s = 0 [33-a]
∂Ns / ∂x + ∂N / ∂x = 0 [33-b]
In these equations, s, is the transverse coordinate meas-
ured on the surface of the section from the x-axis as shown
in Figure 18.26.
For vessels without continuous longitudinal bulkheads
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Figure 18.26 Shear Forces (2)
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(single cell), having transverse symmetry and subject to a
bending moment in the vertical plane, the shear ﬂow dis-
tribution, N(s) is then given by:
[34]
and the shear stress, τ , at any point in the cross section is:
[35]
where:
V(x) = total shearing force (in N) in the hull for a given
section x
m(s) = in m
3
, is the ﬁrst moment (or moment
= of area) about the neutral axis of the cross sectional
area of the plating between the origin at the cen-
terline and the variable location designated by s.
This is the crosshatched area of the section shown
in Figure 18.26
t(s) = thickness of material at the shear plane
I(x) = moment of inertia of the entire section
The total vertical shearing force, V(x), at any point, x,
in the ship’s length may be obtained by the integration of
the load curve up to that point. Ordinarily the maximum
value of the shearing force occurs at about one quarter of
the vessel’s length from either end.
Since only the vertical, or nearly vertical, members of
the hull girder are capable of resisting vertical shear, this
shear is taken almost entirely by the side shell, the contin-
uous longitudinal bulkheads if present, and by the webs of
any deep longitudinal girders.
The maximum value of τ occurs in the vicinity of the
neutral axis, where the value of t is usually twice the thick-
ness of the side plating (Figure 18.27). For vessels with con-
tinuous longitudinal bulkheads, the expression for shear
stress is more complex.
Shear Flow in Multicell Sections: If the cross section of
the ship shown in Figure 18.28 is subdivided into two or
more closed cells by longitudinal bulkheads, tank tops, or
decks, the problem of ﬁnding the shear ﬂow in the bound-
aries of these closed cells is statically indeterminate.
Equation 34 may be evaluated for the deck and bottom
of the center tank space since the plane of symmetry at
which the shear ﬂow vanishes, lies within this space and
forms a convenient origin for the integration. At the
deck/bulkhead intersection, the shear ﬂow in the deck di-
vides, but the relative proportions of the part in the bulk-
head and the part in the deck are indeterminate. The sum
t s z ds
o
s
( ) ,

t(s)
V(x).m(s)
t(s) I(x)
(in N / m )
2
·
N(s)
V(x)
I(x)
m(s) ·
|
.
`
,
of the shear ﬂows at two locations lying on a plane cutting
the cell walls will still be given by equation 34, with m(s)
equal to the moment of the shaded area (Figure 18.28).
However, the distribution of this sum between the two com-
ponents in bulkhead and side shell, requires additional in-
formation for its determination.
This additional information may be obtained by con-
sidering the torsional equilibrium and deﬂection of the cel-
lular section. The way to proceed is extensively explained
in Lewis (2).
18.4.3.3 Shear stress associated with torsion
In order to develop the twisting equations, we consider a
closed, single cell, thin-walled prismatic section subject
only to a twisting moment, M
T
, which is constant along the
length as shown in Figure 18.29. The resulting shear stress
may be assumed uniform through the plate thickness and
is tangent to the mid-thickness of the material. Under these
circumstances, the deﬂection of the tube will consist of a
twisting of the section without distortion of its shape, and
the rate of twist, dθ/dx, will be constant along the length.
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Now consider equilibrium of forces in the x-direction for
the element dx.ds of the tube wall as shown in Figure 18.29.
Since there is no longitudinal load, there will be no longi-
tudinal stress, and only the shear stresses at the top and bot-
tom edges need be considered in the expression for static
equilibrium. The shear ﬂow, N = tτ, is therefore seen to be
constant around the section.
The magnitude of the moment, M
T
, may be computed
by integrating the moment of the elementary force arising
from this shear ﬂow about any convenient axis. If r is the
distance from the axis, 0, perpendicular to the resultant shear
ﬂow at location s:
[36]
Here the symbol indicates that the integral is taken en-
tirely around the section and, therefore, Ω (m
2
) is the area
enclosed by the mid-thickness line of the tubular cross sec-
tion. The constant shear ﬂow, N (N/m), is then related to
the applied twisting moment by:
N = τ. t = M
T
/2Ω [37]
For uniform torsion of a closed prismatic section, the
angle of torsion is:
(in radians) [38]
where:
M
T
= Twisting moment (torsion), in N.m
L = Length of the girder, in m
I
p
= Polar Inertia, in m
4
G = E/2(1+ν), the shear Modulus, in N/m
2
θ ·
M L
G I
T
p
.
M r N ds N r ds N
T
· · ·
∫ ∫
2 Ω
18.4.3.4 Twisting and warping
Torsional strength: Although torsion is not usually an im-
portant factor in ship design for most ships, it does result
in signiﬁcant additional stresses on ships, such as container
ships, which have large hatch openings. These warping
stresses can be calculated by a beam analysis, which takes
into account the twisting and warping deﬂections. There
can also be an interaction between horizontal bending and
torsion of the hull girder. Wave actions tending to bend the
hull in a horizontal plane also induce torsion because of the
open cross section of the hull, which results in the shear cen-
ter being below the bottom of the hull. Combined stresses
due to vertical bending, horizontal bending and torsion must
be calculated.
In order to increase the torsional rigidity of the contain-
ership cross sections, longitudinal and transverse closed
box girders are introduced in the upper side and deck struc-
ture.
From previous studies, it has been established that spe-
cial attention should be paid to the torsional rigidity distri-
bution along the hull. Usually, toward the ship’s ends, the
section moduli are justiﬁably reduced base on bending. On
the contrary the torsional rigidity, especially in the forward
hatches, should be gradually increased to keep the warping
stress as small as possible.
Twisting of opened section: A lateral seaway could in-
duce severe twisting moment that is of the major importance
for ships having large deck openings. The equations for the
twist of a closed tube (equations 36 to 38) are applicable
only to the computation of the torsional response of closed
thin-walled sections.
The relative torsional stiffness of closed and open sec-
tions may be visualized by means of a very simple example.
Consider two circular tubes, one of which has a longi-
tudinal slit over its full length as in Figure 18.30. The closed
tube will be able to resist a much greater torque per unit an-
gular deﬂection than the open tube because of the inability
of the latter to sustain the shear stress across the slot. The
twisting resistance of the thin material of which the tube is
composed provides the only resistance to torsion in the case
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of the open tube without longitudinal restraint. The resist-
ance to twist of the entirely open section is given by the St.
Venant torsion equation:
M
T
= G.J ∂θ/∂x (N.m) [39]
where:
∂θ/∂x = twist angle per unit length, in rad./m, which can be
approximated by θ/L for uniform torsion and uni-
form section.
J = torsional constant of the section, in m
4
= for a thin walled open section
= for a section composed of n different
= plates (b
i
= length, t
i
= thickness)
If warping resistance is present, that is, if the longitudi-
nal displacement of the elemental strips shown in Figure
18.30 is constrained, another component of torsional re-
sistance is developed through the shear stresses that result
from this warping restraint. This is added to the torque given
by equation 39.
In ship structures, warping strength comes from four
sources:
1. the closed sections of the structure between hatch open-
ings,
2. the closed ends of the ship,
3. double wall transverse bulkheads, and
4. closed, torsionally stiff parts of the cross section (lon-
gitudinal torsion tubes or boxes, including double bot-
tom, double side shell, etc.).
18.4.3.5 Racking and snaking
Racking is the result of a transverse hull shape distortion and
is caused by either dynamic loads due to rolling of the ship
or by the transverse impact of seas against the topsides. Trans-
verse bulkheads resist racking if the bulkhead spacing is close
enough to prevent deﬂection of the shell or deck plating in
its own plane. Racking introduces primarily compressive and
shearing forces in the plane of bulkhead plating.
With the usual spacing of transverse bulkheads the ef-
fectiveness of side frames in resisting racking is negligible.
However, when bulkheads are widely spaced or where the
deck width is small in way of very large hatch openings,
side frames, in association with their top and bottom brack-
ets, contribute signiﬁcant resistance to racking. Racking in
car-carriers is discussed in Chapters 17 and 34.
Racking stresses due to rolling reach a maximum in a
beam sea each time the vessel completes an oscillation in
one direction and is about to return.
1
3
3
1
b t
i
i
i
n
·

1 3
3
0
/ t ds
s

The angle between a deck beam and side frame tends to
open on one side and to close on the other side at the top
and reverses its action at the bottom. The effect of the con-
centration of stiff and soft sections results in a distortion pat-
tern in the ship deck that is shown in Figure 18.31. The term
snaking is sometimes used in referring to this behavior and
relates to both twisting and racking.
18.4.3.6 Effective breadth and shear lag
An important effect of the edge shear loading of a plate
member is a resulting nonlinear variation of the longitudi-
nal stress distribution (Figure 18.32). In the real plate the
longitudinal stress decreases with increasing distance from
the shear-loaded edge, and this is called shear lag. This is
in contrast to the uniform stress distribution predicted in
the beam ﬂanges by the elementary beam equation 29. In
many practical cases, the difference from the value pre-
dicted in equation 29 will be small. But in certain combi-
nations of loading and structural geometry, the effect referred
to by the term shear lag must be taken into consideration
if an accurate estimate of the maximum stress in the mem-
ber is to be made. This may be conveniently done by deﬁn-
ing an effective breadth of the ﬂange member.
The ratio, b
e
/b, of the effective breadth, b
e
, to the real
breadth, b, is useful to the designer in determining the lon-
gitudinal stress along the shear-loaded edge. It is a function
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of the external loading applied and the boundary conditions
along the plate edges, but not its thickness. Figure 18.33
gives the effective breadth ratio at mid-length for column
loading and harmonic-shaped beam loading, together with
a common approximation for both cases:
[40]
The results are presented in a series of design charts,
which are especially simple to use, and may be found in
Schade (26).
A real situation in which such an alternating load dis-
tribution may be encountered is a bulk carrier loaded with
a dense ore cargo in alternate holds, the remainder being
empty.
An example of the computation of the effective breadth
of bottom and deck plating for such a vessel is given in
Chapter VI of Taggart (1), using Figure 18.33.
It is important to distinguish the effective breadth (equa-
tion 40) and the effective width (equations 54 and 55) pre-
sented later in Subsection 18.6.3.2 for plate and stiffened
plate-buckling analysis.
18.4.3.7 Longitudinal deﬂection
The longitudinal bending deﬂection of the ship girder is ob-
tainable from the appropriate curvature equations (equa-
tions 27 and 28) by integrating twice. A semi-empirical
approximation for bending deﬂection amidships is:
b
b
k L
b
e
·
6
w = k ( M L
2
/EI ) [41]
where the dimensionless coefﬁcient k may be taken, for ﬁrst
approximation, as 0.09 (2).
Actual deﬂection in service is affected also by thermal
inﬂuences, rigidity of structural components, and work-
manship; furthermore, deﬂection due to shear is additive to
the bending deﬂection, though its amount is usually rela-
tively small.
The same inﬂuences, which gradually increase nominal
design stress levels, also increase ﬂexibility. Additionally,
draft limitations and stability requirements may force the
L/D ratio up, as ships get larger. In general, therefore, mod-
ern design requires that more attention be focused on ﬂex-
ibility than formerly.
No speciﬁc limits on hull girder deﬂections are given in
the classiﬁcation rules. The required minimum scantlings
however, as well as general design practices, are based on
a limitation of the L/D ratio range.
18.4.3.8 Load diffusion into structure
The description of the computation of vertical shear and
bending moment by integration of the longitudinal load dis-
tribution implies that the external vertical load is resisted
directly by the vertical shear carrying members of the hull
girder such as the side shell or longitudinal bulkheads. In a
longitudinally framed ship, such as a tanker, the bottom
pressures are transferred principally to the widely spaced
transverse web frames or the transverse bulkheads where
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they are transferred to the longitudinal bulkheads or side
shell, again as localized shear forces. Thus, in reality, the
loading q(x), applied to the side shell or the longitudinal
bulkhead will consist of a distributed part due to the direct
transfer of load into the member from the bottom or deck
structure, plus a concentrated part at each bulkhead or web
frame. This leads to a discontinuity in the shear curve at the
bulkheads and webs.
18.4.3.9 Hull/superstructure interaction
The terms superstructure and deckhouse refer to a structure
usually of shorter length than the entire ship and erected
above the strength deck of the ship. If its sides are coplanar
with the ship’s sides it is referred to as a superstructure. If
its width is less than that of the ship, it is called a deckhouse.
The prediction of the structural behavior of a super-
structure constructed above the strength deck of the hull
has facets involving both the general bending response and
important localized effects. Two opposing schools of thought
exist concerning the philosophy of design of such erections.
One attempts to make the superstructure effective in con-
tributing to the overall bending strength of the hull, the other
purposely isolates the superstructure from the hull so that
it carries only localized loads and does not experience
stresses and deﬂections associated with bending of the main
hull. This may be accomplished in long superstructures
(>0.5L
pp
) by cutting the deckhouse into short segments by
means of expansion joints. Aluminum deckhouse con-
struction is another alternative when the different material
properties provide the required relief.
As the ship hull experiences a bending deﬂection in re-
sponse to the wave bending moment, the superstructure is
forced to bend also. However, the curvature of the super-
structure may not necessarily be equal to that of the hull but
depends upon the length of superstructure in relation to the
hull and the nature of the connection between the two, es-
pecially upon the vertical stiffness or foundation modulus
of the deck upon which the superstructure is constructed.
The behavior of the superstructure is similar to that of a
beam on an elastic foundation loaded by a system of nor-
mal forces and shear forces at the bond to the hull.
The stress distributions at the midlength of the super-
structure and the differential deﬂection between deckhouse
and hull for three different degrees of superstructure effec-
tiveness are shown on Figure 18.34.
The areas and inertias can be computed to account for
shear lag in decks and bottoms. If the erection material dif-
fers from that of the hull (aluminum on steel, for example)
the geometric erection area A
f
and inertia I
f
must be reduced
according to the ratio of the respective material moduli; that
is, by multiplying by E (aluminum)/E (steel) (approximately
one-third). Further details on the design considerations for
deckhouses and superstructures may be found in Evans (27)
and Taggart (1).
In addition to the overall bending, local stress concentra-
tions may be expected at the ends of the house, since here the
structure is transformed abruptly from that of a beam consist-
ing of the main hull alone to that of hull plus superstructure.
Recent works achieved in Norwegian University of Sci-
ence & Technology have shown that the vertical stress dis-
tribution in the side shell is not linear when there are large
openings in the side shell as it is currently the case for upper
decks of passenger vessels. Approximated stress distribu-
tions are presented at Figure 18.35. The reduced slope, θ,
for the upper deck has been found equal to 0.50 for a cata-
maran passenger vessel (28).
18.4.4 Secondary Response
In the case of secondary structural response, the principal
objective is to determine the distribution of both in-plane
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Figure 18.34 Three Interaction Levels between Superstructure and Hull (1)
Figure 18.35 Vertical Stress Distribution in Passenger Vessels having Large
Openings above the Passenger Deck

Neutral axis
Passenger deck
x
z
( )z
I
M
z · ) ( σ

) ( . ) ( z z
r
σ θ σ ·

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and normal loading, deﬂection and stress over the length
and width dimensions of a stiffened panel. Remember that
the primary response involves the determination of only the
in-plane load, deﬂection, and stress as they vary over the
length of the ship. The secondary response, therefore, is
seen to be a two-dimensional problem while the primary
response is essentially one-dimensional in character.
18.4.4.1 Stiffened panels
A stiffened panel of structure, as used in the present con-
text, usually consists of a ﬂat plate surface with its attached
stiffeners, transverse frames and/or girders (Figure 18.36).
When the plating is absent the module is a grid or grillage
of beam members only, rather than a stiffened panel.
In principle, the solution for the deﬂection and stress in
the stiffened panel may be thought of as a solution for the
response of a system of orthogonal intersecting beams.
A second type of interaction arises from the two-di-
mensional stress pattern in the plate, which may be thought
of as forming a part of the ﬂanges of the stiffeners. The plate
contribution to the beam bending stiffness arises from the
direct longitudinal stress in the plate adjacent to the stiff-
ener, modiﬁed by the transverse stress effects, and also from
the shear stress in the plane of the plate. The maximum sec-
ondary stress may be found in the plate itself, but more fre-
quently it is found in the free ﬂanges of the stiffeners, since
these ﬂanges are at a greater distance than the plate mem-
ber from the neutral axis of the combined plate-stiffener.
At least four different procedures have been employed for
obtaining the structural behavior of stiffened plate panels
under normal loading, each embodying certain simplifying
assumptions: 1) orthotropic plate theory, 2) beam-on-elastic-
foundation theory, 3) grillage theory (intersecting beams), and
4) the ﬁnite element method (FEM).
Orthotropic plate theory refers to the theory of bending
of plates having different ﬂexural rigidities in the two or-
thogonal directions. In applying this theory to panels hav-
ing discrete stiffeners, the structure is idealized by assuming
that the structural properties of the stiffeners may be ap-
proximated by their average values, which are assumed to
be distributed uniformly over the width or length of the
plate. The deﬂections and stresses in the resulting contin-
uum are then obtained from a solution of the orthotropic
plate deﬂection differential equation:
[42]
where:
a
1
, a
2
, a
3
= express the average ﬂexural rigidity of the or-
thotropic plate in the two directions
w(x,y) = is the deﬂection of the plate in the normal di-
rection
p(x,y) = is the distributed normal pressure load per unit
area
Note that the behavior of the isotropic plate, that is, one
having uniform ﬂexural properties in all directions, is a spe-
cial case of the orthotropic plate problem. The orthotropic
plate method is best suited to a panel in which the stiffen-
ers are uniform in size and spacing and closely spaced. It
has been said that the application of this theory to cross-
stiffened panels must be restricted to stiffened panels with
more than three stiffeners in each direction.
An advanced orthotropic procedure has been imple-
mented by Rigo (29,30) into a computer-based scheme for
the optimum structural design of the midship section. It is
based on the differential equations of stiffened cylindrical
shells (linear theory). Stiffened plates and cylindrical shells
can both be considered, as plates are particular cases of the
cylindrical shells having a very large radius. A system of
three differential equations, similar to equation 42, is es-
tablished (8th order coupled differential equations). Fourier
series expansions are used to model the loads. Assuming
that the displacements (u,v,w) can also be expanded in sin
and cosine, an analytical solution of u, v, and w(x,y) can be
obtained for each stiffened panel.
This procedure can be applied globally to all the stiff-
ened panels that compose a parallel section of a ship, typ-
ically a cargo hold.
This approach has three main advantages. First the plate
bending behavior (w) and the inplane membrane behavior
(u and v) are analyzed simultaneously. Then, in addition to
a
w
x
a
w
x y
a
w
y
p
1
4
4
2
4
2 2
3
4
4

+

∂ ∂
+

· (x,y)
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Figure 18.36 A Stiffened Panel with Uniformly Distributed Longitudinals, 4
Webframes, and 3 Girders.
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the ﬂexural rigidity (bending), the inplane axial, torsional,
transverse shear and inplane shear rigidities of the stiffen-
ers in the both directions can also be considered. Finally,
the approach is suited for stiffeners uniform in size and
spacing, and closely spaced but also for individual mem-
bers, randomly distributed such as deck and bottom gird-
ers. These members considered through Heaviside functions
that allow replacing each individual member by a set of 3
forces and 2 bending moment load lines. Figure 18.36 shows
a typical stiffened panel that can be considered. It includes
uniformly distributed longitudinals and web frames, and
three prompt elements (girders).
The beam on elastic foundation solution is suitable for a
panel in which the stiffeners are uniform and closely spaced
in one direction and sparser in the other one. Each of these
members is treated individually as a beam on an elastic foun-
dation, for which the differential equation of deﬂection is,
[43]
where:
w = is the deﬂection
I = is sectional moment of inertia of the longitudinal
stiffener, including adjacent plating
k = is average spring constant per unit length of the
transverse stiffeners
q(x) = is load per unit length on the longitudinal member
The grillage approach models the cross-stiffened panel
as a system of discrete intersecting beams (in plane frame),
each beam being composed of stiffener and associated ef-
fective plating. The torsional rigidity of the stiffened panel
and the Poisson ratio effect are neglected. The validity of
modeling the stiffened panel by an intersecting beam (or gril-
lage) may be critical when the ﬂexural rigidities of stiffen-
ers are small compared to the plate stiffness. It is known
that the grillage approach may be suitable when the ratio
of the stiffener ﬂexural rigidity to the plate bending rigid-
ity (EI/bD with I the moment of inertia of stiffener and D
the plate bending rigidity) is greater than 60 (31) otherwise
if the bending rigidity of stiffener is smaller, an Orthotropic
Plate Theory has to be selected.
The FEMapproach is discussed in detail in section 18.7.2.
18.4.5 Tertiary Response
18.4.5.1 Unstiffened plate
Tertiary response refers to the bending stresses and deﬂec-
tions in the individual panels of plating that are bounded by
the stiffeners of a secondary panel. In most cases the load
that induces this response is a ﬂuid pressure from either the
EI
w
x
k w q

+ ·
4
4
(x)
water outside the ship or liquid or dry bulk cargo within.
Such a loading is normal to and distributed over the surface
of the panel. In many cases, the proportions, orientation, and
location of the panel are such that the pressure may be as-
sumed constant over its area.
As previously noted, the deﬂection response of an
isotropic plate panel is obtained as the solution of a special
case of the earlier orthotropic plate equation (equation 42),
and is given by:
[44]
where:
D = plate ﬂexural rigidity
= Et
3
/ 12(1 – ν)
t = the uniform plate thickness
p(x,y) = distributed unit pressure load
Appropriate boundary conditions are to be selected to
represent the degree of ﬁxity of the edges of the panel.
Stresses and deﬂections are obtained by solving this equa-
tion for rectangular plates under a uniform pressure distri-
bution. Equation 44 is in fact a simpliﬁed case of the general
one (equation 42).
Information (including charts) on a plate subject to uni-
form load and concentrated load (patch load) is available
in Hughes (3).
18.4.5.2 Local deﬂections
Local deﬂections must be kept at reasonable levels in order
for the overall structure to have the proper strength and
rigidity. Towards this end, the classiﬁcation society rules may
contain requirements to ensure that local deﬂections are not
excessive.
Special requirements also apply to stiffeners. Tripping
brackets are provided to support the ﬂanges, and they should
be in line with or as near as practicable to the ﬂanges of struts.
Special attention must be given to rigidity of members under
compressive loads to avoid buckling. This is done by pro-
viding a minimum moment of inertia at the stiffener and as-
sociated plating.
18.4.6 Transverse Strength
Transverse strength refers to the ability of the ship struc-
ture to resist those loads that tend to cause distortion of the
cross section. When it is distorted into a parallelogram shape
the effect is called racking. We recall that both the primary
bending and torsional strength analyses are based upon the
assumption of no distortion of the cross section. Thus, we
E t
3
12(1 ) − ν

+

∂ ∂
+

·
4
4
4
2 2
4
4
2
w
x
w
x y
w
y
p
D
(x,y)
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see that there is an inherent relationship between transverse
strength and both longitudinal and torsional strength. Cer-
tain structural members, including transverse bulkheads and
deep web frames, must be incorporated into the ship in order
to insure adequate transverse strength. These members pro-
vide support to and interact with longitudinal members by
transferring loads from one part of a structure to another.
For example, a portion of the bottom pressure loading on
the hull is transferred via the center girder and the longitu-
dinals to the transverse bulkheads at the ends of theses lon-
gitudinals. The bulkheads, in turn, transfer these loads as
vertical shears into the side shell. Thus some of the loads
acting on the transverse strength members are also the loads
of concern in longitudinal strength considerations.
The general subject of transverse strength includes ele-
ments taken from both the primary and secondary strength
categories. The loads that cause effects requiring transverse
strength analysis may be of several different types, de-
pending upon the type of ship, its structural arrangement,
mode of operation, and upon environmental effects.
Typical situations requiring attention to the transverse
strength are:
• ship out of water: on building ways or on construction
or repair dry dock,
• tankers having empty wing tanks and full centerline tanks
or vice versa,
• ore carriers having loaded centerline holds and large
empty wing tanks,
• all types of ships: torsional and racking effects caused
by asymmetric motions of roll, sway and yaw, and
• ships with structural features having particular sensitiv-
ity to transverse effects, as for instance, ships having
largely open interior structure (minimum transverse bulk-
heads) such as auto carriers, containers and RO-RO ships.
As previously noted, the transverse structural response
involves pronounced interaction between transverse and
longitudinal structural members. The principal loading con-
sists of the water pressure distribution around the ship, and
the weights and inertias of the structure and hold contents.
As a ﬁrst approximation, the transverse response of such a
frame may be analyzed by a two-dimensional frame re-
sponse procedure that may or may not allow for support by
longitudinal structure. Such analysis can be easily performed
using 2D ﬁnite element analysis (FEA). Inﬂuence of lon-
gitudinal girders on the frame would be represented by elas-
tic attachments having ﬁnite spring constants (similar to
equation 43). Unfortunately, such a procedure is very sen-
sitive to the spring location and the boundary conditions.
For this reason, a three-dimensional analysis is usually per-
formed in order to obtain results that are useful for more
than comparative purposes. Ideally, the entire ship hull or
at least a limited hold-model should be modeled. See Sub-
section 18.7.2—Structural Finite Element Models (Figure
18.57).
18.4.7 Superposition of Stresses
In plating, each response induces longitudinal stresses, trans-
verse stresses and shear stresses. These stresses can be cal-
culated individually for each response. This is the traditional
way followed by the classiﬁcation societies. With direct
analysis such as ﬁnite element analysis (Subsection 18.7.2),
it is not always possible to separate the different responses.
If calculated individually, all the longitudinal stresses
have to be added. Similar cumulative procedure must be
achieved for the transverse stresses and the shear stresses.
At the end they are combined through a criteria, which is
usually for ship structure, the von-Mises criteria (equation
45).
The standard procedure used by classiﬁcation societies
considers that longitudinal stresses induced by primary re-
sponse of the hull girder, can be assessed separately from
the other stresses. Classiﬁcation rules impose through al-
lowable stress and minimal section modulus, a maximum
longitudinal stress induced by the hull girder bending mo-
ment.
On the other hand, they recommend to combined stresses
from secondary response and tertiary response, in plating
and in members. These are combined through the von Mises
criteria and compared to the classiﬁcation requirements.
Such an uncoupled procedure is convenient to use but
does not reﬂect reality. Direct analysis does not follow this
approach. All the stresses, from the primary, secondary and
tertiary responses are combined for yielding assessment.
For buckling assessment, the tertiary response is discarded,
as it does not induce in-plane stresses. Nevertheless the lat-
eral load can be considered in the buckling formulation
(Subsection 18.6.3). Tertiary stresses should be added for
fatigue analysis.
Since all the methods of calculation of primary, sec-
ondary, and tertiary stress presuppose linear elastic behav-
ior of the structural material, the stress intensities computed
for the same member may be superimposed in order to ob-
tain a maximum value for the combined stress. In performing
and interpreting such a linear superposition, several con-
siderations affecting the accuracy and signiﬁcance of the re-
sulting stress values must be borne in mind.
First, the loads and theoretical procedures used in com-
puting the stress components may not be of the same ac-
curacy or reliability. The primary loading, for example, may
be obtained using a theory that involves certain simpliﬁca-
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tions in the hydrodynamics of ship and wave motion, and
the primary bending stress may be computed by simple
beam theory, which gives a reasonably good estimate of the
mean stress in deck or bottom but neglects certain localized
effects such as shear lag or stress concentrations.
Second, the three stress components may not necessar-
ily occur at the same instant in time as the ship moves
through waves. The maximum bending moment amidships,
which results in the maximum primary stress, does not nec-
essarily occur in phase with the maximum local pressure
on a midship panel of bottom structure (secondary stress)
or panel of plating (tertiary stress).
Third, the maximum values of primary, secondary, and
tertiary stress are not necessarily in the same direction or
even in the same part of the structure. In order to visualize
this, consider a panel of bottom structure with longitudinal
framing. The forward and after boundaries of the panel will
be at transverse bulkheads. The primary stress (σ
1
) will act
in the longitudinal direction, as given by equation 29. It will
be nearly equal in the plating and the stiffeners, and will be
approximately constant over the length of a midship panel.
There will be a small transverse component in the plating,
due to the Poison coefﬁcient, and a shear stress given by
equation 35. The secondary stress will probably be greater
in the free ﬂanges of the stiffeners than in the plating, since
the combined neutral axis of the stiffener/plate combina-
tion is usually near the plate-stiffener joint. Secondary
stresses, which vary over the length of the panel, are usu-
ally subdivided into two parts in the case of single hull struc-
ture. The ﬁrst part (σ
2
) is associated with bending of a panel
of structure bounded by transverse bulkheads and either the
side shell or the longitudinal bulkheads. The principal stiff-
eners, in this case, are the center and any side longitudinal
girders, and the transverse web frames. The second part,

2
*
), is the stress resulting from the bending of the smaller
panel of plating plus longitudinal stiffeners that is bounded
by the deep web frames. The ﬁrst of these components (σ
2
),
as a result of the proportions of the panels of structure, is
usually larger in the transverse than in the longitudinal di-
rection. The second (σ
2
*
) is predominantly longitudinal.
The maximum tertiary stress (σ
3
) happens, of course, in the
plate where biaxial stresses occur. In the case of longitudi-
nal stiffeners, the maximum panel tertiary stress will act in
the transverse direction (normal to the framing system) at
the mid-length of a long side.
In certain cases, there will be an appreciable shear stress
component present in the plate, and the proper interpreta-
tion and assessment of the stress level will require the res-
olution of the stress pattern into principal stress components.
From all these considerations, it is evident that, in many
cases, the point in the structure having the highest stress level
will not always be immediately obvious, but must be found
by considering the combined stress effects at a number of
different locations and times.
The nominal stresses produced from the analysis will be
a combination of the stress components shown in Figures
18.21 and 18.37.
18.4.7.1 von Mises equivalent stress
The yield strength of the material, σ
yield
, is deﬁned as the
measured stress at which appreciable nonlinear behavior
accompanied by permanent plastic deformation of the ma-
terial occurs. The ultimate strength is the highest level of
stress achieved before the test specimen fractures. For most
shipbuilding steels, the yield and tensile strengths in ten-
sion and compression are assumed equal.
The stress criterion that must be used is one in which it
is possible to compare the actual multi-axial stress with the
material strength expressed in terms of a single value for
the yield or ultimate stress.
For this purpose, there are several theories of material
failure in use. The one usually considered the most suitable
for ductile materials such as ship steel is referred to as the
von Mises Theory:
[45]
Consider a plane stress ﬁeld in which the component
stresses are σ
x
, σ
y
and τ. The distortion energy states that
σ σ σ σ σ τ
e x y x y
· + − +
( )
2 2 2
1
2
3
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failure through yielding will occur if the equivalent von
Mises stress, σ
e
, given by equation 45 exceeds the equiva-
lent stress, σ
ο
, corresponding to yielding of the material test
specimen. The material yield strength may also be expressed
through an equivalent stress at failure: σ
0
= σ
yield
(= σ
y
).
18.4.7.2 Permissible stresses (Yielding)
In actual service, a ship may be subjected to bending in the
inclined position and to other forces, such as those, which
induce torsion or side bending in the hull girder, not to men-
tion the dynamic effects resulting from the motions of the
ship itself. Heretofore it has been difﬁcult to arrive at the
minimum scantlings for a large ship’s hull by ﬁrst princi-
ples alone, since the forces that the structure might be re-
quired to withstand in service conditions are uncertain.
Accordingly, it must be assumed that the allowable stress
includes an adequate factor of safety, or margin, for these
uncertain loading factors.
In practice, the margin against yield failure of the struc-
ture is obtained by a comparison of the structure’s von Mises
equivalent stress, σ
e
, against the permissible stress (or al-
lowable stress), σ
0
, giving the result:
σ
e
≤ σ
0
= s
1
× σ
y
[46]
where:
s
1
= partial safety factor deﬁned by classiﬁcation societies,
which depends on the loading conditions and method
of analysis. For 20 years North Atlantic conditions
(seagoing condition), the s
1
factor is usually taken be-
tween 0.85 and 0.95
σ
y
= minimum yield point of the considered steel (mild
steel, high tensile steel, etc.)
For special ship types, different permissible stresses may
be speciﬁed for different parts of the hull structure. For ex-
ample, for LNG carriers, there are special strain require-
ments in way of the bonds for the containment system, which
in turn can be expressed as equivalent stress requirements.
For local areas subjected to many cycles of load rever-
sal, fatigue life must be calculated and a reduced permissi-
ble stress may be imposed to prevent fatigue failure (see
Subsection 18.6.6).
18.5 LIMIT STATES AND FAILURE MODES
Avoidance of structural failure is the goal of all structural
designers, and to achieve this goal it is necessary for the de-
signer to be aware of the potential limit states, failure modes
and methods of predicting their occurrence. This section
presents the basic types of failure modes and associated limit
states. A more elaborate description of the failure modes and
methods to assess the structural capabilities in relation to
these failure modes is available in Subsection 18.6.1.
Classically, the different limit states were divided in 2
major categories: the service limit state and the ultimate
limit state. Today, from the viewpoint of structural design,
it seems more relevant to use for the steel structures four
types of limit states, namely:
1. service or serviceability limit state,
2. ultimate limit state,
3. fatigue limit state, and
4. accidental limit state.
This classiﬁcation has recently been adopted by ISO.
A service limit state corresponds to the situation where
the structure can no longer provide the service for which it
was conceived, for example: excessive deck deﬂection, elas-
tic buckling in a plate, and local cracking due to fatigue.
Typically they relate to aesthetic, functional or maintenance
problem, but do not lead to collapse.
An ultimate limit state corresponds to collapse/failure,
including collision and grounding. A classic example of ul-
timate limit state is the ultimate hull bending moment (Fig-
ure 18.46). The ultimate limit state is symbolized by the
higher point (C) of the moment-curvature curve (M-Φ).
Fatigue can be either considered as a third limit state or,
classically, considered as a service limit state. Even if it is
also a matter of discussion, yielding should be considered
as a service limit state. First yield is sometimes used to as-
sess the ultimate state, for instance for the ultimate hull
bending moment, but basically, collapse occurs later. Most
of the time, vibration relates to service limit states.
In practice, it is important to differentiate service, ulti-
mate, fatigue and accidental limit states because the partial
safety factors associated with these limit states are gener-
ally different.
18.5.1 Basic Types of Failure Modes
Ship structural failure may occur as a result of a variety of
causes, and the degree or severity of the failure may vary
from a minor esthetic degradation to catastrophic failure re-
sulting in loss of the ship. Three major failure modes are
deﬁned:
1. tensile or compressive yield of the material (plasticity),
2. compressive instability (buckling), and
3. fracture that includes ductile tensile rupture, low-cycle
fatigue and brittle fracture.
Yield occurs when the stress in a structural member ex-
ceeds a level that results in a permanent plastic deforma-
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tion of the material of which the member is constructed. This
stress level is termed the material yield stress. At a some-
what higher stress, termed the ultimate stress, fracture of
the material occurs. While many structural design criteria
are based upon the prevention of any yield whatsoever, it
should be observed that localized yield in some portions of
a structure is acceptable. Yield must be considered as a serv-
iceability limit state.
Instability and buckling failure of a structural member
loaded in compression may occur at a stress level that is sub-
stantially lower than the material yield stress. The load at
which instability or buckling occurs is a function of mem-
ber geometry and material elasticity modulus, that is, slen-
derness, rather than material strength. The most common
example of an instability failure is the buckling of a simple
column under a compressive load that equals or exceeds
the Euler Critical Load. A plate in compression also will
have a critical buckling load whose value depends on the
plate thickness, lateral dimensions, edge support conditions
and material elasticity modulus. In contrast to the column,
however, exceeding this load by a small margin will not
necessarily result in complete collapse of the plate but only
in an elastic deﬂection of the central portion of the plate away
from its initial plane. After removal of the load, the plate
may return to its original un-deformed conﬁguration (for
elastic buckling). The ultimate load that may be carried by
a buckled plate is determined by the onset of yielding at some
point in the plate material or in the stiffeners, in the case of
a stiffened panel. Once begun, yield may propagate rapidly
throughout the entire plate or stiffened panel with further
increase in load.
Fatigue failure occurs as a result of a cumulative effect
in a structural member that is exposed to a stress pattern al-
ternating from tension to compression through many cy-
cles. Conceptually, each cycle of stress causes some small
but irreversible damage within the material and, after the
accumulation of enough such damage, the ability of the
member to withstand loading is reduced below the level of
the applied load. Two categories of fatigue damage are gen-
erally recognized and they are termed high-cycle and low-
cycle fatigue. In high-cycle fatigue, failure is initiated in
the form of small cracks, which grow slowly and which
may often be detected and repaired before the structure is
endangered. High-cycle fatigue involves several millions
of cycles of relatively low stress (less than yield) and is typ-
ically encountered in machine parts rotating at high speed
or in structural components exposed to severe and prolonged
vibration. Low-cycle fatigue involves higher stress levels,
up to and beyond yield, which may result in cracks being
initiated after several thousand cycles.
The loading environment that is typical of ships and
ocean structures is of such a nature that the cyclical stresses
may be of a relatively low level during the greater part of
the time, with occasional periods of very high stress levels
caused by storms. Exposure to such load conditions may
result in the occurrence of low-cycle fatigue cracks after an
interval of a few years. These cracks may grow to serious
size if they are not detected and repaired.
Concerning brittle fracture, small cracks suddenly begin
to grow and travel almost explosively through a major por-
tion of the structure. The term brittle fracture refers to the
fact that below a certain temperature, the ultimate tensile
strength of steel diminishes sharply (lower impact energy).
The originating crack is usually found to have started as a
result of poor design or manufacturing practice. Fatigue
(Subsection 18.6.6) is often found to play an important role
in the initiation and early growth of such originating cracks.
The prevention of brittle fracture is largely a matter of ma-
terial selection and proper attention to the design of struc-
tural details in order to avoid stress concentrations. The
control of brittle fracture involves a combination of design
and inspection standards aimed toward the prevention of
stress concentrations, and the selection of steels having a
high degree of notch toughness, especially at low tempera-
tures. Quality control during construction and in-service in-
spection form key elements in a program of fracture control.
In addition to these three failure modes, additional modes
are:
• collision and grounding, and
• vibration and noise.
Collision and Grounding is discussed in Subsection
18.6.7 and Vibration in Subsection 18.6.8. Vibration as well
as noise is not a failure mode, while it could fall into the
serviceability limit state.
18.6 ASSESSMENT OF THE STRUCTURAL
CAPACITY
18.6.1 Failure Modes Classiﬁcation
The types of failure that may occur in ship structures are
generally those that are characteristic of structures made up
of stiffened panels assembled through welding. Figure 18.38
presents the different structure levels: the global structure,
usually a cargo hold (Level 1), the orthotropic stiffened
panel or grillage (Level 2) and the interframe longitudi-
nally stiffened panel (Level 3) or its simpliﬁed modeling:
the beam-column (Level 3b). Level 4 (Figure 18.44a) is the
unstiffened plate between two longitudinals and two trans-
verse frames (also called bare plate).
The word grillage should be reserve to a structure com-
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posed of a grid of beams (without attached plating). When
the grid is ﬁxed on a plate, orthotropic stiffened panel seems
to the authors more adequate to deﬁne a panel that is or-
thogonally stiffened, and having thus orthotropic properties.
The relations between the different failure modes and
structure levels can be summarized as follows:
• Level 1: Ultimate bending moment, M
u
, of the global
structure (Figure 18.46).
• Level 2: Ultimate strength of compressed orthotropic
stiffened panels (σ
u
),
σ
u
= min [σ
u
(mode i)], i = I to VI,
the 6 considered failure modes.
• Level 3:
Mode I: Overall buckling collapse (Figure 18.44d),
Mode II: Plate/Stiffener Yielding
Mode III: P
ult
of interframe panels with a plate-stif
ener combination (Figure 18.44b) using a beam-col-
umn model (Level 3b) or an orthotropic model (Level
3), considering:
— plate induced failure (buckling)
— stiffener induced failure (buckling or yielding)
Mode IV and V: Instability of stiffeners (local buck-
ling, tripping—Figure 18.44c)
Mode VI: Gross Yielding
• Level 4: Buckling collapse of unstiffened plate (bare
plate, Figure 18.44a).
To avoid collapse related to the Mode I, a minimal rigid-
ity is generally imposed for the transverse frames so that an
interframe panel collapse (Mode III) always occurs prior to
overall buckling (Mode I). It is a simple and easy constraint
to implement, thus avoiding any complex calculation of
overall buckling (mode I).
Note that the failure Mode III is inﬂuenced by the buck-
ling of the bare plate (elementary unstiffened plate). Elas-
tic buckling of theses unstiffened plates is usually not
considered as an ultimate limit state (failure mode), but
rather as a service limit state. Nevertheless, plate buckling
(Level 4) may signiﬁcantly affect the ultimate strength of
the stiffened panel (Level 3).
Sources of the failures associated with the serviceabil-
ity or ultimate limit states can be classiﬁed as follows:
18.6.1.1 Stiffened panel failure modes
Service limit state
• Upper and lower bounds (X
min
≤X≤X
max
): plate thick-
ness, dimensions of longitudinals and transverse stiff-
eners (web, ﬂange and spacing).
• Maximum allowable stresses against ﬁrst yield (Sub-
section 18.4.7)
• Panel and plate deﬂections (Subsections 18.4.4.1 and
18.4.5.2), and deﬂection of support members.
• Elastic buckling of unstiffened plates between two lon-
gitudinals and two transverse stiffeners, frames or bulk-
heads (Subsection 18.6.3),
• Local elastic buckling of longitudinal stiffeners (web
and ﬂange). Often the stiffener web/ﬂange buckling does
not induce immediate collapse of the stiffened panel as
tripping does. It could therefore be considered as a serv-
iceability ultimate limit state. However, this failure mode
could also be classiﬁed into the ultimate limit state since
the plating may sometimes remain without stiffening
once the stiffener web buckles.
• Vibration (Sub-ection 18.6.8)
• Fatigue (Sub-ection 18.6.6)
Ultimate limit state (Subsection 18.6.4).
• Overall collapse of orthotropic panels (entire stiffened
plate structure),
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• Collapse of interframe longitudinally stiffened panel,
including torsional-ﬂexural (lateral-torsional) buckling
of stiffeners (also called tripping).
18.6.1.2 Frame failure modes
Service limit state (Subsection 18.4.6).
• Upper and lower bounds (X
min
≤ X ≤ X
max
),
• Minimal rigidity to guarantee rigid supports to the in-
terframe panels (between two transverse frames).
• Allowable stresses under the resultant forces (bending,
shear, torsion)
— Elastic analysis,
— Elasto-plastic analysis.
• Fatigue (Subsection 18.6.6)
Ultimate limit state
• Frame bucklings: These failures modes are considered
as ultimate limit states rather than a service limit state.
If one of them appears, the assumption of rigid supports
is no longer valid and the entire stiffened panel can reach
the ultimate limit state.
— Buckling of the compressed members,
— Local buckling (web, ﬂange).
18.6.1.3 Hull Girder Collapse modes
Service limit state
• Allowable stresses and ﬁrst yield (Subsection 18.4.3.1),
• Deﬂection of the global structure and relative deﬂec-
tions of components and panels (Subsection 18.4.3.7).
Ultimate limit state
• Global ultimate strength (of the hull girder/box girder).
This can be done by considering an entire cargo hold or
only the part between two transverse web frames (Sub-
section 18.6.5). Collapse of frames is assumed to only
appear after the collapse of panels located between these
frames. This means that it is sufﬁcient to verify the box
girder ultimate strength between two frames to be pro-
tected against a more general collapse including, for in-
stance, one or more frame spans. This approach can be
un-conservative if the frames are not stiff enough.
• Collision and grounding (Subsection 18.6.7), which is
in fact an accidental limit state.
A relevant comparative list of the limit states was de-
ﬁned by the Ship Structure Committee Report No 375 (32).
18.6.2 Yielding
As explained in Subsection 18.5.1 yield occurs when the
stress in a structural component exceeds the yield stress.
It is necessary to distinguish between ﬁrst yield state and
fully plastic state. In bending, ﬁrst yield corresponds to the
situation when stress in the extreme ﬁber reaches the yield
stress. If the bending moment continues to increase the yield
area is growing. The ﬁnal stage corresponds to the Plastic
Moment (M
p
), where, both the compression and tensile sides
are fully yielded (as shown on Figure 18.47).
Yield can be assessed using basic bending theory, equa-
tion 29, up to complex 3D nonlinear FE analysis. Design
criteria related to ﬁrst yield is the von Mises equivalent
stress (equation 45).
Yielding is discussed in detail in Section 18.4.
18.6.3 Buckling and Ultimate Strength of Plates
A ship stiffened plate structure can become unstable if ei-
ther buckling or collapse occurs and may thus fail to per-
form its function. Hence plate design needs to be such that
instability under the normal operation is prevented (Figure
18.44a). The phenomenon of buckling is normally divided
into three categories, namely elastic buckling, elastic-plas-
tic buckling and plastic buckling, the last two being called
inelastic buckling. Unlike columns, thin plating buckled in
the elastic regime may still be stable since it can normally
sustain further loading until the ultimate strength is reached,
even if the in-plane stiffness signiﬁcantly decreases after the
inception of buckling. In this regard, the elastic buckling of
plating between stiffeners may be allowed in the design,
sometimes intentionally in order to save weight. Since sig-
niﬁcant residual strength of the plating is not expected after
buckling occurs in the inelastic regime, however, inelastic
buckling is normally considered to be the ultimate strength
of the plate.
The buckling and ultimate strength of the structure de-
pends on a variety of inﬂuential factors, namely geomet-
ric/material properties, loading characteristics, fabrication
related imperfections, boundary conditions and local dam-
age related to corrosion, fatigue cracking and denting.
18.6.3.1 Direct Analysis
In estimating the load-carrying capacity of plating between
stiffeners, it is usually assumed that the stiffeners are sta-
ble and fail only after the plating. This means that the stiff-
eners should be designed with proper proportions that help
attain such behavior. Thus, webs, faceplates and ﬂanges of
the stiffeners or support members have to be proportioned
so that local instability is prevented prior to the failure of
plating.
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Four load components, namely longitudinal compres-
sion/tension, transverse compression/tension, edge shear and
lateral pressure loads, are typically considered to act on ship
plating between stiffeners, as shown in Figure 18.39, while
the in-plane bending effects on plate buckling are also some-
times accounted for. In actual ship structures, lateral pres-
sure loading arises from water pressure and cargo weight.
The still water magnitude of water pressure depends on the
vessel draft, and the still water value of cargo pressure is de-
termined by the amount and density of cargo loaded.
These still water pressure values may be augmented by
wave action and vessel motion. Typically the larger in-plane
loads are caused by longitudinal hull girder bending, both
in still water and in waves at sea, which is the source of the
primary stress as previously noted in Subsection 18.4.3.
The elastic plate buckling strength components under
single types of loads, that is, σ
xE
for σ
xav
, σ
yE
for σ
yav
and
τ
E
for τ
av
, can be calculated by taking into account the re-
lated effects arising from in-plane bending, lateral pressure,
cut-outs, edge conditions and welding induced residual
stresses.
The critical (elastic-plastic) buckling strength compo-
nents under single types of loads, that is, σ
xB
for σ
xav
, σ
yB
for σ
yav
and τ
B
for τ
av
, are typically calculated by plasticity
correction of the corresponding elastic buckling strength
using the Johnson-Ostenfeld formula, namely:
[47]
where:
σ
E
= elastic plate buckling strength
σ
σ σ σ
σ
σ
σ
σ σ
B
E E F
F
F
E
E F
for
for
·

|
.

`
,

>
¹
'
¹
¹
¹
0 5
1
4
0 5
.
.
σ
B
= critical buckling strength (that is, τ
B
for
shear stress)
σ
F
= σ
Y
for normal stress
= σ
Y

4
3 for shear stress
σ
Y
= material yield stress
In ship rules and books, equation 47 may appear with
somewhat different constants depending on the structural
proportional limit assumed. The above form assumes a struc-
tural proportional limit of a half the applicable yield value.
For axial tensile loading, the critical strength may be
considered to equal the material yield stress (σ
Y
).
Under single types of loads, the critical plate buckling
strength must be greater than the corresponding applied
stress component with the relevant margin of safety. For
combined biaxial compression/tension and edge shear, the
following type of critical buckling strength interaction cri-
terion would need to be satisﬁed, for example:
[48]
where:
η
B
= usage factor for buckling strength, which is typically
the inverse of the conventional partial safety factor.
η
B
= 1.0 is often taken for direct strength calculation, while
it is taken less than 1.0 for practical design in accor-
dance with classiﬁcation society rules.
Compressive stress is taken as negative while tensile
stress is taken as positive and α = 0 if both σ
xav
and σ
yav
are
compressive, and α = 1 if either σ
xav
or σ
yav
or both are ten-
sile. The constant c is often taken as c = 2.
Figure 18.40 shows a typical example of the axial mem-
brane stress distribution inside a plate element under pre-
dominantly longitudinal compressive loading before and
after buckling occurs. It is noted that the membrane stress
distribution in the loading (x) direction can become non-
uniform as the plate element deforms. The membrane stress
distribution in the y direction may also become non-uni-
form with the unloaded plate edges remaining straight, while
no membrane stresses will develop in the y direction if the
unloaded plate edges are free to move in plane. As evident,
the maximum compressive membrane stresses are developed
around the plate edges that remain straight, while the min-
imum membrane stresses occur in the middle of the plate
element where a membrane tension ﬁeld is formed by the
plate deﬂection since the plate edges remain straight.
With increase in the deﬂection of the plate keeping the
edges straight, the upper and/or lower ﬁbers inside the mid-
dle of the plate element will initially yield by the action of
bending. However, as long as it is possible to redistribute
σ
σ
α
σ
σ
σ
σ
σ
σ
τ
τ
η
xav
xB
c
xav
xB
yav
yB
yav
yB
c
av
B
c
B
|
.

`
,
− +
|
.

`
,

+
|
.

`
,

Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-39
Figure 18.39 A Simply Supported Rectangular Plate Subject to Biaxial
Compression/tension, Edge Shear and Lateral Pressure Loads
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the applied loads to the straight plate boundaries by the
membrane action, the plate element will not collapse. Col-
lapse will then occur when the most stressed boundary lo-
cations yield, since the plate element can not keep the
boundaries straight any further, resulting in a rapid increase
of lateral plate deﬂection (33). Because of the nature of ap-
plied axial compressive loading, the possible yield loca-
tions are longitudinal mid-edges for longitudinal uniaxial
compressive loads and transverse mid-edges for transverse
uniaxial compressive loads, as shown in Figure 18.41.
The occurrence of yielding can be assessed by using the
von Mises yield criterion (equation 45). The following con-
ditions for the most probable yield locations will then be
found.
(a) Yielding at longitudinal edges:
[49a]
(b) Yielding at transverse edges:
[49b]
The maximum and minimum membrane stresses of equa-
tions 49a and 49b can be expressed in terms of applied
stresses, lateral pressure loads and fabrication related ini-
tial imperfections, by solving the nonlinear governing dif-
ferential equations of plating, based on equilibrium and
compatibility equations. Note that equation 44 is the linear
differential equation.
On the other hand, the plate ultimate edge shear strength,
τ
u
, is often taken τ
u

B
(equation 47, with τ
B
instead of σ
B
).
Also, an empirical formula obtained by curve ﬁtting based
on nonlinear ﬁnite element solutions may be utilized (33).
The effect of lateral pressure loads on the plate ultimate edge
shear strength may in some cases need to be accounted for.
σ σ σ σ σ
x min
x min y max y max
2 2 2
− + ·
Y
σ σ σ σ σ
x max x max y min
y min
2 2 2
− + ·
Y
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Figure 18.40 Membrane Stress Distribution Inside the Plate Element under
Predomianntly Longitudinal Compressive Loads; (a) Before buckling, (b) After
buckling, unloaded edges move freely in plane, (c) After buckling, unloaded
edges kept straight
Figure 18.41 Possible Locations for the Initial Plastic Yield at the Plate Edges
(Expected yield locations, T: Tension, C: Compression); (a) Yield at longitudinal
mid-edges under longitudinal uniaxial compression, (b) Yield at transverse
mid-edges under transverse uniaxial compression)
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For combined biaxial compression/tension, edge shear
and lateral pressure loads, the last being usually regarded
as a given constant secondary load, the plate ultimate
strength interaction criterion may also be given by an ex-
pression similar to equation 48, but replacing the critical
buckling strength components by the corresponding ulti-
mate strength components, as follows:
[50]
where:
α and c = variables deﬁned in equation 48
η
u
= usage factors for the ultimate limit state
σ
xu
and σ
yu
= solutions of equation 49a with regard to σ
xav
and equation 49b with regard to σ
yav
, respec-
tively
18.6.3.2 Simpliﬁed models
In the interest of simplicity, the elastic plate buckling strength
components under single types of loads may sometimes be
calculated by neglecting the effects of in-plane bending or
lateral pressure loads. Without considering the effect of lat-
eral pressure, the resulting elastic buckling strength predic-
tion would be pessimistic. While the plate edges are often
supposed to be simply supported, that is, without rotational
restraints along the plate/stiffener junctions, the real elastic
buckling strength with rotational restraints would of course
be increased by a certain percentages, particularly for heavy
stiffeners. This arises from the increased torsional restraint
provided at the plate edges in such cases.
The theoretical solution for critical buckling stress, σ
B
,
in the elastic range has been found for a number of cases
of interest. For rectangular plate subject to compressive in-
plane stress in one direction:
[51]
Here k
c
is a function of the plate aspect ratio, α = a/ b,
the boundary conditions on the plate edges and the type of
loading. If the load is applied uniformly to a pair of oppo-
site edges only, and if all four edges are simply supported,
then k
c
is given by:
[52]
where m is the number of half-waves of the deﬂected plate
in the longitudinal direction, which is taken as an integer
satisfying the condition For long plate in α · m(m + 1).
k
m
m
c
· +
|
.
`
, α
α
2
σ
π
ν
B c
k
E t
b
·

|
.
`
,
2
2
2
12 1 ( )
σ
σ
α
σ
σ
σ
σ
σ
σ
τ
τ
η
xav
xu
c
xav
xu
yav
yu
yav
yu
c
av
u
c
u
|
.

`
,
− +
|
.

`
,

+
|
.

`
,

compression (a > b), k
c
= 4
,
and for wide plate (a ≤ b) in
compression, kc = (1 + b
2
/ a
2
)
2
, for simply supported edges.
For shear force, the critical buckling shear stress, τ
B
, can
also be obtain by equation 51 and the buckling coefﬁcient
for simply supported edges is:
kc = 5.34 + 4(b/a)
2
[53]
Figure 18.42 presents, k
c
, versus the aspect ratio, a/b, for
different conﬁgurations of rectangular plates in compression.
For the simpliﬁed prediction of the plate ultimate strength
under uniaxial compressive loads, one of the most common ap-
proaches is to assume that the plate will collapse if the maxi-
mum compressive stress at the plate corner reaches the material
yield stress, namely σ
x max
= σ
Y
for σ
xav
or σ
y max
= σ
Y
for σ
yav
.
This assumption is relevant when the unloaded edges
move freely in plane as that shown in Figure 40(b). Another
approximate method is to use the plate effective width con-
cept, which provides the plate ultimate strength components
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Figure 18.42 Compressive Buckling Coefﬁcient for Plates in Compression; for
5 Conﬁgurations (2) (A, B, C, D and E) where Boundary Conditions of Unloaded
Edges are: SS: Simply Supported, C: Clamped, and F: Free
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under uniaxial compressive stresses (σ
xu
and σ
yu
), as fol-
low:
[54]
where a
eu
and b
eu
are the plate effective length and width at
the ultimate limit state, respectively.
While a number of the plate effective width expressions
have been developed, a typical approach is exempliﬁed by
Faulkner, who suggests an empirical effective width (b
eu
/b)
formula for simply supported steel plates, as follows,
• for longitudinal axial compression (34),
[55a]
• for transverse axial compression (35),
[55b]
where:
β = is the plate slenderness
E = the Young’s modulus
t = the plate thickness
c
1
, c
2
= typically taken as c
1
= 2 and c
2
= 1
The plate ultimate strength components under uniaxial
compressive loads are therefore predicted by substituting
the plate effective width formulae (equation 55a) into equa-
tion 54.
More charts and formulations are available in many
books, for example, Bleich (36), ECCS-56 (37), Hughes
(3) and Lewis (2). In addition, the design strength of plate
(unstiffened panels) is detailed in Chapter 19, Subsection
19.5.4.1, including an example of reliability-based design
and alternative equations to equations 56 and 57.
18.6.3.3 Design criteria
When a single load component is involved, the buckling or
ultimate strength must be greater than the corresponding ap-
plied stress component with an appropriate target partial
safety factor. In a multiple load component case, the struc-
tural safety check is made with equation 48 against buck-
ling and equation 50 against ultimate limit state being
satisﬁed.
To ensure that the possible worst condition is met (buck-
ling and yield) for the ship, several stress combination must
be considered, as the maximum longitudinal and transverse
σ
b
t E
Y
a
a
b
a
eu
· + −
|
.

`
,

0 9 1 9
1
0 9
2 2
. . .
β
β
β
b
b
for
c c
for
eu
·
<
− ≥
¹
'
¹
¹
¹
1 1
1
1 2
2
β
β
β
β
σ
σ
σ
σ
xu
Y
eu
yu
Y
eu
b
b
a
a
· · and
compression do not occur simultaneously. For instance,
DNV (4) recommends:
• maximum compression, σ
x
, in a plate ﬁeld and phase
angle associated with σ
y
, τ (buckling control),
• maximum compression, σ
y
, in a plate ﬁeld and phase
angle associated with σ
x
, τ (buckling control),
• absolute maximum shear stress, τ, in a plate ﬁeld and
phase angle associated with σ
x
, σ
y
(buckling control),
and
• maximum equivalent von Mises stress, σ
e,
at given po-
sitions (yield control).
In order to get σ
x
and σ
y
, the following stress compo-
nents may normally be considered for the buckling control:
σ
1
= stress from primary response, and
σ
2
= stress from secondary response (that is, double
bottom bending).
As the lateral bending effects should be normally in-
cluded in the buckling strength formulation, stresses from
local bending of stiffeners (secondary response), σ
2
*
, and
local bending of plate (tertiary response), σ
3
, must there-
fore not to be included in the buckling control. If FE-analy-
sis is performed the local plate bending stress, σ
3
, can easily
be excluded using membrane stresses.
18.6.4 Buckling and Ultimate Strength of Stiffened
Panels
For the structural capacity analysis of stiffened panels, it is
presumed that the main support members including longi-
tudinal girders, transverse webs and deep beams are de-
signed with proper proportions and stiffening systems so
that their instability is prevented prior to the failure of the
stiffened panels they support.
In many ship stiffened panels, the stiffeners are usually
attached in one direction alone, but for generality, the de-
sign criteria often consider that the panel can have stiffen-
ers in one direction and webs or girders in the other, this
arrangement corresponds to a typical ship stiffened panels
(Figure 18.43a). The stiffeners and webs/girders are at-
tached to only one side of the panel.
The number of load components acting on stiffened steel
panels are generally of four types, namely biaxial loads, that
is compression or tension, edge shear, biaxial in-plane bend-
ing and lateral pressure, as shown in Figure 18.43. When the
panel size is relatively small compared to the entire structure,
the inﬂuence of in-plane bending effects may be negligible.
However, for a large stiffened panel such as that in side
shell of ships, the effect of in-plane bending may not be
negligible, since the panel may collapse by failure of stiff-
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eners which are loaded by largest added portion of axial
compression due to in-plane bending moments.
When the stiffeners are relatively small so that they
buckle together with the plating, the stiffened panel typi-
cally behaves as an orthotropic plate. In this case, the av-
erage values of the applied axial stresses may be used by
neglecting the inﬂuence of in-plane bending. When the stiff-
eners are relatively stiff so that the plating between stiffen-
ers buckles before failure of the stiffeners, the ultimate
strength is eventually reached by failure of the most highly
stressed stiffeners. In this case, the largest values of the axial
compressive or tensile stresses applied at the location of the
stiffeners are used for the failure analysis of the stiffeners.
In stiffened panels of ship structures, material properties of
the stiffeners including the yield stress are in some cases
different from that of the plate. It is therefore necessary to
take into account this effect in the structural capacity for-
mulations, at least approximately.
For analysis of the ultimate strength capacity of stiffened
panels which are supported by longitudinal girders, trans-
verse webs and deep beams, it is often assumed that the
panel edges are simply supported, with zero deﬂection and
zero rotational restraints along four edges, with all edges
kept straight.
This idealization may provide somewhat pessimistic,
but adequate predictions of the ultimate strength of stiffened
panels supported by heavy longitudinal girders, transverse
webs and deep beams (or bulkheads).
Today, direct non-linear strength assessment methods
using recognized programs is usual (38). The model should
Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-43
Figure 18.43 A Stiffened Steel Panel Under Biaxial Compression/Tension,
Biaxial In-plane Bending, Edge Shear and Lateral Pressure Loads. (a) Stiffened
Panel—Longitudinals and Frames (4), and (b) A Generic Stiffened Panel (38).
(a)
(b)
Figure 18.44 Modes of Failures by Buckling of a Stiffened Panel (2).
(a) Elastic buckling of plating between stiffeners (serviceability limit state).
(b) Flexural buckling of stiffeners including plating (plate-stiffener combination,
mode III).
(c) Lateral-torsional buckling of stiffeners (tripping—mode V).
(d) Overall stiffened panel buckling (grillage or gross panel buckling—mode I).
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
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be capable of capturing all relevant buckling modes and
detrimental interactions between them. The fabrication re-
lated initial imperfections in the form of initial deﬂections
(plates, stiffeners) and residual stresses can in some cases
signiﬁcantly affect (usually reduce) the ultimate strength of
the panel so that they should be taken into account in the
strength computations as parameters of inﬂuence.
18.6.4.1 Direct analysis
The primary modes for the ultimate limit state of a stiffened
panel subject to predominantly axial compressive loads may
be categorized as follows (Figure 18.44):
• Mode I: Overall collapse after overall buckling,
• Mode II: Plate induced failure—yielding of the plate-
stiffener combination at panel edges,
• Mode III: Plate induced failure—ﬂexural buckling fol-
lowed by yielding of the plate-stiffener combination at
mid-span,
• Mode IV: Stiffener induced failure—local buckling of
stiffener web,
• Mode V: Stiffener induced failure—tripping of stiffener,
and
• Mode VI: Gross yielding.
Calculation of the ultimate strength of the stiffened panel
under combined loads taking into account all of the possi-
ble failure modes noted above is not straightforward, be-
cause of the interplay of the various factors previously noted
such as geometric and material properties, loading, fabri-
cation related initial imperfections (initial deﬂection and
welding induced residual stresses) and boundary conditions.
As an approximation, the collapse of stiffened panels is then
usually postulated to occur at the lowest value among the
various ultimate loads calculated for each of the above col-
lapse patterns.
This leads to the easier alternative wherein one calcu-
lates the ultimate strengths for all collapse modes mentioned
above separately and then compares them to ﬁnd the min-
imum value which is then taken to correspond to the real
panel ultimate strength. The failure mode of stiffened pan-
els is a broad topic that cannot be covered totally within this
chapter. Many simpliﬁed design methods have of course
been previously developed to estimate the panel ultimate
strength, considering one or more of the failure modes
among those mentioned above. Some of those methods have
been reviewed by the ISSC’2000 (39). On the other hand,
a few authors provide a complete set of formulations that
cover all the feasible failure modes noted previously, namely,
Dowling et al (40), Hughes (3), Mansour et al (41,42), and
more recently Paik (38).
Assessment of different formulations by comparison
with experimental and/or FE analysis are available (43-45).
An example of reliability-based assessment of the stiff-
ened panel strength is presented in Chapter 19. Formula-
tions of Herzog, Hughes and Adamchack are also discussed.
18.6.4.2 Simpliﬁed models
Existing simpliﬁed methods for predicting the ultimate
strength of stiffened panels typically use one or more of the
following approaches:
• orthotropic plate approach,
• plate-stiffener combination approach (or beam-column
approach), and
• grillage approach.
These approaches are similar to those presented in Sub-
section 18.4.4.1 for linear analysis. All have the same back-
ground but, here, the buckling and the ultimate strength is
considered.
In the orthotropic plate approach, the stiffened panel is
idealized as an equivalent orthotropic plate by smearing the
stiffeners into the plating. The orthotropic plate theory will
then be useful for computation of the panel ultimate strength
for the overall grillage collapse mode (Mode I, Figure
18.44d), (31,46,48).
The plate-stiffener combination approach (also called
beam-column approach) models the stiffened panel behav-
ior by that of a single “beam” consisting of a stiffener to-
gether with the attached plating, as representative of the
stiffened panel (Figure 18.38, level 3b). The beam is con-
sidered to be subjected to axial and lateral line loads. The
torsional rigidity of the stiffened panel, the Poisson ratio ef-
fect and the effect of the intersecting beams are all neg-
lected. The beam-column approach is useful for the
computation of the panel ultimate strength based on Mode
III, which is usually an important failure mode that must be
considered in design. The degree of accuracy of the beam-
column idealization may become an important considera-
tion when the plate stiffness is relatively large compared to
the rigidity of stiffeners and/or under signiﬁcant biaxial
loading.
Stiffened panels are asymmetric in geometry about the
plate-plane. This necessitates strength control for both plate
induced failure and stiffener-induced failure.
Plate induced failure: Deﬂection away from the plate as-
sociated with yielding in compression at the connection be-
tween plate and stiffener. The characteristic buckling
strength for the plate is to be used.
Stiffener induced failure: Deﬂection towards the plate as-
sociated with yielding in compression in top of the stiffener
or torsional buckling of the stiffener.
Various column strength formulations have been used as
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the basis of the beam-column approach, three of the more
common types being the following:
• Johnson-Ostenfeld (or Bleich-Ostenfeld) formulation,
• Perry-Robertson formulation, and
• empirical formulations obtained by curve ﬁtting exper-
imental or numerical data.
A stocky panel that has a high elastic buckling strength
will not buckle in the elastic regime and will reach the ulti-
mate limit state with a certain degree of plasticity. In most
design rules of classiﬁcation societies, the so-called John-
son-Ostenfeld formulation is used to account for this behav-
ior (equation 47). On the other hand, in the so-called
Perry-Robertson formulation, the strength expression as-
sumes that the stiffener with associated plating will collapse
as a beam-column when the maximum compressive stress in
the extreme ﬁber reaches the yield strength of the material.
In empirical approaches, the ultimate strength formula-
tions are developed by curve ﬁtting based on mechanical
collapse test results or numerical solutions. Even if limited
to a range of applicability (load types, slenderness ranges,
assumed level of initial imperfections, etc.) they are very
useful for preliminary design stage, uncertainty assessment
and as constraint in optimization package. While a vast num-
ber of empirical formulations (sometimes called column
curves) for ultimate strength of simple beams in steel framed
structures have been developed, relevant empirical formu-
lae for plate-stiffener combination models are also available.
As an example of the latter type, Paik and Thayamballi (49)
developed an empirical formula for predicting the ultimate
strength of a plate-stiffener combination under axial com-
pression in terms of both column and plate slenderness ra-
tios, based on existing mechanical collapse test data for the
ultimate strength of stiffened panels under axial compres-
sion and with initial imperfections (initial deﬂections and
residual stresses) at an average level. Since the ultimate
strength of columns (σ
u
) must be less than the elastic col-
umn buckling strength (σ
E
), the Paik-Thayamballi empiri-
cal formula for a plate-stiffener combination is given by:
[56]
and
with
β σ ·
b
t
Y
E
σ
σ
λ
σ
σ
u
Y
E
Y
≤ ·
1
2
σ
σ
λ β λ β λ
u
Y
·
+ + + −
1
0 995 0 936
2
0 17
2
0 188
2 2
0 067
4
. . . . .
and
where:
r = radius of gyration
= √
4
I / A, (m)
I = inertia, (m
4
)
A = cross section of the plate-stiffener combination with full
attached plating, (m
2
)
t = plate thickness, (m)
a = span of the stiffeners, (m)
b = spacing between 2 longitudinals, (m)
Note that A, I, r, ... refer to the full section of the plate-
stiffener combination, that is, without considering an ef-
fective plating.
Figure 18.45 compares the Johnson-Ostenfeld formula
(equation 47), the Perry-Robertson formula and the Paik-
Thayamballi empirical formula (equation 56) for on the col-
umn ultimate strength for a plate-stiffener combination
varying the column slenderness ratios, with selected initial
eccentricity and plate slenderness ratios. In usage of the
Perry-Roberson formula, the lower strength as obtained
from either plate induced failure or stiffener-induced fail-
ure is adopted herein. Interaction between bending axial
λ
π
σ
σ
σ
· ·
a
r
Y
E
Y
E
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Figure 18.45 A Comparison of the Ultimate Strength Formulations for
Plate-stiffener Combinations under Axial Compression (η relates to the
initial deﬂection)
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compression and lateral pressure can, within the same fail-
ure mode (Flexural Buckling—Mode III), leads to three-fail-
ure scenario: plate induced failure, stiffener induced failure
or a combined failure of stiffener and plating (see Chapter
19 – Figure 19.11 ).
18.6.4.3 Design criteria
The ultimate strength based design criteria of stiffened pan-
els can also be deﬁned by equation 50, but using the corre-
sponding stiffened panel ultimate strength and stress
parameters. Either all of the six design criteria, that is, against
individual collapse modes I to VI noted above, or a single de-
sign criterion in terms of the real (minimum) ultimate strength
components must be satisﬁed. For stiffened panels follow-
ing Mode I behavior, the safety check is similar to a plate,
using average applied stress components. The applied axial
stress components for safety evaluation of the stiffened panel
following Modes II–VI behavior will use the maximum axial
stresses at the most highly stressed stiffeners.
18.6.5 Ultimate Bending Moment of Hull Girder
Ultimate hull girder strength relates to the maximum load
that the hull girder can support before collapse. These loads
induce vertical and horizontal bending moment, torsional
moment, vertical and horizontal shear forces and axial force.
For usual seagoing vessels axial force can be neglected. As
the maximun shear forces and maximum bending moment
do not occur at the same place, ultimate hull girder strength
should be evaluated at different locations and for a range of
bending moments and shear forces.
The ultimate bending moment (M
u
) refers to a combined
vertical and horizontal bending moments (M
v
, M
h
); the
transverse shear forces (V
v
,V
h
) not being considered. Then,
the ultimate bending moment only corresponds to one of
the feasible loading cases that induce hull girder collapse.
Today, M
u
is considered as being a relevant design case.
Two major references related to the ultimate strength of
hull girder are, respectively, for extreme load and ultimate
strength, Jensen et al (24) and Yao et al (50). Both present
comprehensive works performed by the Special Task Com-
mittees of ISSC 2000. Yao (51) contains an historical re-
view and a state of art on this matter.
Computation of M
u
depends closely on the ultimate
strength of the structure’s constituent panels, and particularly
on the ultimate strength in compressed panels or components.
Figure 18.46 shows that in sagging, the deck is compressed

deck
) and reaches the ultimate limit state when σ
deck
= σ
u
.
On the other hand, the bottom is in tensile and reaches its ul-
timate limit state after complete yielding, σ
bottom
= σ
0

0
being the yield stress).
Basically, there exist two main approaches to evaluate
the hull girder ultimate strength of a ship’s hull under lon-
gitudinal bending moments. One, the approximate analy-
sis, is to calculate the ultimate bending moment directly
(M
u
, point C on Figure 18.46), and the other is to perform
progressive collapse analysis on a hull girder and obtain,
both, M
u
and the curves M-φ.
The ﬁrst approach, approximate analysis, requires an
assumption on the longitudinal stress distribution. Figure
18.47 shows several distributions corresponding to differ-
ent methods. On the other hand, the progressive collapse
analysis does not need to know in advance this distribution.
Accordingly, to determine the global ultimate bending
moment (M
u
), one must know in advance
• the ultimate strength of each compressed panel (σ
u
), and
• the average stress-average strain relationship (σ−ε), to
perform a progressive collapse analysis.
For an approximate assessment, such as the Caldwell
method, only the ultimate strength of each compressed panel

u
) is required.
18.6.5.1 Direct analysis
The direct analysis corresponds to the Progressive collapse
analysis. The methods include the typical numerical analy-
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Figure 18.46 The Moment-Curvature Curve (M-Φ)
Figure 18.47 Typical Stress Distributions Used by Approximate Methods. (a)
First Yield. (b) Sagging Bending Moment (c) Evans (d) Paik—Mansour (e)
Caldwell Modiﬁed (f) Plastic Bending Moment.
(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)
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sis such as Finite Element Method (FEM) and the Idealized
structural Element method (ISUM) and Smith’s method,
which is a simpliﬁed procedure to perform progressive col-
lapse analysis.
FEM: is the most rational way to evaluate the ultimate
hull girder strength through a progressive collapse analysis
on a ship’s hull girder. Both material and geometrical non-
linearities can be considered.
A 3D analysis of a hold or a ship’s section is funda-
mentally possible but very difﬁcult to perform. This is be-
cause a ship’s hull is too large and complicated for such kind
of analysis. Nevertheless, since 1983 results of FEM analy-
ses have been reported (52). Today, with the development
of computers, it is feasible to perform progressive collapse
analysis on a hull girder subjected to longitudinal bending
with ﬁne mesh using ordinary elements. For instance, the
investigation committee on the causes of the Nakhodka ca-
sualty performed elastoplastic large deﬂection analysis with
nearly 200 000 elements (53).
However, the modeling and analysis of a complete hull
girder using FEM is an enormous task. For this reason the
analysis is more conveniently performed on a section of the
hull that sufﬁciently extends enough in the longitudinal di-
rection to model the characteristic behavior. Thus, a typi-
cal analysis may concern one frame spacing in a whole
compartment (cargo tank). These analyses have to be sup-
plemented by information on the bending and shear loads
that act at the fore and aft transverse loaded sections. Such
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has shown that accuracy is
limited because of the boundary conditions along the trans-
verse sections where the loading is applied, the position of
the neutral axis along the length of the analyzed section and
the difﬁculty to model the residual stresses.
Idealized Structural Unit Method (ISUM): presented in
Subsection 18.7.3.1, can also be used to perform progres-
sive collapse analysis. It allows calculating the ultimate
bending moment through a 3D progressive collapse analy-
sis of an entire cargo hold. For that purpose, new elements
to simulate the actual collapse of deck and bottom plating
are actually underdevelopment.
Smith’s Method (Figure 18.48): A convenient alterna-
tive to FEM is the Smith’s progressive collapse analysis
(54), which consists of the following three steps (55).
Step 1: Modeling (mesh modeling of the cross-section
into elements),
Step 2: Derivation of average stress-average strain rela-
tionship of each element (σ−ε curve), Figure
18.49a.
Step 3: To perform progressive collapse analysis, Figure
18.49b.
Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-47
Figure 18.49 Inﬂuence of Element Average Stress-Average Strain Curves
(σ−ε) on Progressive Collapse Behavior. (a) Average stress-average strain
relationships of element, and (b) moment-curvature relationship of cross-
section.
(a)
(b)
Figure 18.48 The Smith’s Progressive Collapse Method
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In Step 1, the cross-section of a hull girder is divided
into elements composed of a longitudinal stiffener and at-
tached plating. In Step 2, the average stress-average strain
relationship (σ−ε) of this stiffener element is derived under
the axial load considering the inﬂuences of buckling and
yielding. Step 3 can be explained as follows:
• axial rigidities of individual elements are calculated using
the average stress-average strain relationships (σ−ε),
• ﬂexural rigidity of the cross-section is evaluated using
the axial rigidities of elements,
• vertical and horizontal curvatures of the hull girder are
applied incrementally with the assumption that the plane
cross-section remains plane and that the bending occurs
about the instantaneous neutral axis of the cross-section,
• the corresponding incremental bending moments are
evaluated and so the strain and stress increments in in-
dividual elements, and
• incremental curvatures and bending moments of the
cross-section as well as incremental strains and stresses
of elements are summed up to provide their cumulative
values.
Figure 18.48 shows that the σ−ε curves are used to es-
timate the bending moment carried by the complete trans-
verse section (M
i
). The contribution of each element (dM)
depends on its location in the section, and speciﬁcally on
its distance from the current position of the neutral axis (Y
i
).
The contribution will then also depend on the strain that is
applied to it, since ε = –y φ, where φ is the hull curvature
and y is the distance from the neutral axis (simple beam as-
sumption). The average stress-average strain curve (σ-ε)
will then provide an estimate of the longitudinal stress (σ
i
)
acting on the section. Individual moments about the neu-
tral axis are then summed to give the total bending moment
for a particular curvature φ
i
.
The accuracy of the calculated ultimate bending mo-
ment depends on the accuracy of the average stress-aver-
age strain relationships of individual elements. Main
difﬁculties concern the modeling of initial imperfections
(deﬂection and welding residual stress) and the boundary
conditions (multi-span model, interaction between adjacent
elements, etc.).
Many formulations and methods to calculate these av-
erage stress-average strain relationships are available:
Adamchack (56), Beghin et al (57), Dow et al (58), Gordo
and Guedes Soares (59,60) and, Yao and Nikolov (61,62).
The FEM can even be used to get these curves (Smith 54).
For most of the methods, typical element types are: plate
element, beam-column element (stiffener and attached plate)
and hard corner.
An interesting well-studied ship that reached its ultimate
bending moment is the Energy Concentration (63). It fre-
quently is used as a reference case (benchmark) by authors
to validate methods.
Figure 18.49 shows typical average stress-average strain
relationships, and the associated bending moment-curva-
ture relationships (M-φ). Four typical σ−ε curves are con-
sidered, which are:
Case A: Linear relationship (elastic). The M-φ relationship
is free from the inﬂuences of yielding and buck-
ling, and is linear.
Case B: Bi-linear relationship (elastic-perfectly plastic,
without buckling).
Case C: With buckling but without strength reduction be-
yond the ultimate strength.
Case D: With buckling and a strength reduction beyond
the ultimate strength (actual behavior).
In Case B, where yielding takes place but no buckling,
the deck initially undergoes yielding and then the bottom.
With the increase in curvature, yielded regions spread in the
side shell plating and the longitudinal bulkheads towards
the plastic neutral axis.
In this case, the maximum bending moment is the fully
plastic bending moment (Mp) of the cross-section and its
absolute value is the same both in the sagging and the hog-
ging conditions.
For Cases C and D, the element strength is limited by
plate buckling, stiffener ﬂexural buckling, tripping, etc. For
Case C, it is assumed that the structural components can con-
tinue to carry load after attaining their ultimate strength.
The collapse behavior (M-φ curve) is similar to that of Case
B, but the ultimate strength is different in the sagging and
the hogging conditions, since the buckling collapse strength
is different in the deck and the bottom.
Case D is the actual case; the capacity of each structural
member decreases beyond its ultimate strength. In this case,
the bending moment shows a peak value for a certain value
of the curvature. This peak value is deﬁned as the ultimate
longitudinal bending moment of the hull girder (M
u
).
Shortcomings and limitations of the Smith’s method re-
lates to the fact that a typical analysis concerns one frame
spacing of a whole cargo hold and not a complete 3D hold.
As simple linear beam theory is used, deviations such
as shear lag, warping and racking are thus ignored. This
method may be a little un-conservative if the structure is
predominantly subjected to lateral pressure loads as well as
axial compression, and if it is not realized that the trans-
verse frames can deﬂect/fail and signiﬁcantly affect the stiff-
ened plate structure and hull girder bending capacity.
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18.6.5.2 Simpliﬁed models
Caldwell (64) was the ﬁrst who tried to theoretically eval-
uate the ultimate hull girder strength of a ship subjected to
longitudinal bending. He introduced a so-called Plastic De-
sign considering the inﬂuence of buckling and yielding of
structural members composing a ship’s hull (Figure 18.47).
He idealised a stiffened cross-section of a ship’s hull to
an unstiffened cross-section with equivalent thickness. If
buckling takes place at the compression side of bending,
compressive stress cannot reach the yield stress, and the fully
plastic bending moment (Mp) cannot be attained. Caldwell
introduced a stress reduction factor in the compression side
of bending, and the bending moment produced by the reduced
stress was considered as the ultimate hull girder strength.
Several authors have proposed improvements for the
Caldwell formulation (65). Each of them is characterized
by an assumed stress distribution (Figure 18.47). Such meth-
ods aim at providing an estimate of the ultimate bending
moment without attempting to provide an insight into the
behaviour before, and more importantly, after, collapse of
the section. The tracing out of a progressive collapse curve
is replaced by the calculation of the ultimate bending mo-
ment for a particular distribution of stresses. The quality of
the direct approximate method is directly dependent on the
quality of the stress distribution at collapse. It is assumed
that at collapse the stresses acting on the members that are
in tension are equal to yield throughout whereas the stresses
in the members that are in compression are equal to the in-
dividual inelastic buckling stresses. On this basis, the plas-
tic neutral axis is estimated using considerations of
longitudinal equilibrium. The ultimate bending moment is
then the sum of individual moments of all elements about
the plastic neutral axis.
In Caldwell’s Method, and Caldwell Modiﬁed Methods,
reduction in the capacity of structural members beyond their
ultimate strength is not explicitly taken into account. This
may cause the overestimation of the ultimate strength in
general (Case C, Figure 18.49).
Empirical Formulations: In contrast to all the previous
rational methods, there are some empirical formulations
usually calibrated for a type of speciﬁc vessels (66,67). Yao
et al (50), found that initial yielding strength of the deck
can provide in general a little higher but reasonably accu-
rate estimate of the ultimate sagging bending moment. On
the other hand, the initial buckling strength of the bottom
plate gives a little lower but accurate estimate of the ulti-
mate hogging bending moment. These in effect can provide
a ﬁrst estimate of the ultimate hull girder moment.
Interactions: In order to raise the problem of combined
loads (vertical and horizontal bending moments and shear
forces), several authors have proposed empirical interac-
tion equations to predict the ultimate strength. Each load
component is supposed to act separately. These methods
were reviewed by ISSC (68) and are often formulated as
equation 57.
[57]
where:
M
v
and M
h
= vertical and horizontal bending moments
M
vu
and M
hu
= ultimate vertical and horizontal bending mo-
ments
a, b and α = empirical constants
For instance, Mansour et al (47) proposes a=1, b=2 and
α= 0.8 based on analysis on one container, one tanker and
2 cruisers, and Gordo and Soares (60) 1.5<a=b<1.66 and
α= 1.0 for tankers. Hu et al (69) has proposed similar for-
mulations for bulk carriers. Paik et al (70) proposes an em-
pirical formulation that includes the shear forces in addition
to the bending moments.
18.6.5.3 Design Criteria
For design purpose, the value of the ultimate longitudinal
bending moment (capability) has to be compared with the
extreme bending moment (load) that may act on a ship’s hull
girder. To estimate the extreme bending moment, the most
severe loading condition has to be selected to provide the
maximum still water bending moment. Regarding the wave
bending moment, the IACS uniﬁed requirement is a major
reference (71,72), but more precise discussions can be found
in the ISSC 2000 report (24).
To evaluate the ultimate longitudinal strength, various
methods can be applied ranging from simple to complicated
methods. In 2000, many of the available methods were ex-
amined and assessed by an ISSC’2000 Committee (50). The
grading of each method with respect to each capability is
quantitatively performed by scoring 1 through 5. The com-
mittee concluded that the appropriate methods should be se-
lected according to the designer’s needs and the design
stage. That is, at early design stage, a simple method based
on an Assumed Stress Distribution can be used to obtain a
rough estimate of the ultimate bending moment. At later
stages, a more accurate method such as Progressive Col-
lapse Analysis with calculated σ−ε curves (Smith’s Method)
or ISUM has to be applied.
Main sensitive model capability with regards to the as-
sessment of ultimate strength can be ranked in 3 classes, re-
spectively, high (H), medium(M) and low(L) consequence
of omitting capability (Table 18.IV).
Based on the different sources of uncertainties (model-
M
M
M
M
v
vu
a
h
hu
b
|
.

`
,

+
|
.

`
,

· α 1
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ing, σ−ε curves, curvature incrementation), the global un-
certainty on the ultimate bending moment is usually large
(55). A bias of 10 to 15% must be considered as acceptable.
For intact hull the design criteria for M
u
, deﬁned by clas-
siﬁcation societies, is given by:
M
S
+ s
1
M
w
≤ s
2
M
U
[58]
where:
s
1
= the partial safety factor for load (typically 1.10)
s
2
= the material partial safety factor (typically 0.85)
M
S
= still water moment
M
w
= design wave moment (20 year return period)
18.6.6 Fatigue and Fracture
18.6.6.1 General
Design criteria stated expressly in terms of fatigue damage
resistance were in the past seldom employed in ship struc-
tural design although cumulative fatigue criteria have been
used in offshore structure design. It was assumed that fa-
tigue resistance is implicitly included in the conventional
safety factors or acceptable stress margins based on past
experience.
Today, fatigue considerations become more and more
important in the design of details such as hatch corners, re-
inforcements for openings in structural members and so on.
Since the ship-loading environment consists in large part
of alternating loads, ship structures are highly sensitive to
fatigue failures. Since 1990, fatigue is maybe the most sen-
sitive point at the detailed design stage. Tools are available
but they are time consuming and there is large uncertainty
of using simpliﬁed methods.
With the introduction of higher tensile steels in hull struc-
tures, at ﬁrst in deck and bottom to increase hull girder
strength, and later in local structures, the fatigue problem
became more imminent. The fatigue strength does not in-
crease according to the yield strength of the steel. In fact,
fatigue is found to be independent of the yield strength. The
higher stress levels in modern hull structures using higher
tensile steel have therefore led to a growing number of fa-
tigue crack problems.
To ensure that the structure will fulﬁll its intended func-
tion, fatigue assessment should be carried out for each in-
dividual type of structural detail that is subjected to extensive
dynamic loading. It should be noted that every welded joint
and attachment or other form of stress concentration is po-
tentially a source of fatigue cracking and should be indi-
vidually considered.
This section gives an overview of feasible analysis to be
performed. A more complete description of the different fa-
tigue procedures, S-N curves, stress concentration factors,
and so on, are given in: Almar-Naess (73), DNV (4), Fricke
et al (74), Maddox (75), Niemi (76), NRC (77) and Peter-
shagen et al (78). Reliability-based fatigue procedure is pre-
sented by Ayyub and Assakkaf in Chapter 19. These authors
also have contributed to this section.
18.6.6.2 Basic fatigue theories
Fatigue analyses can be performed based on:
• simpliﬁed analytical expressions,
• more reﬁned analysis where loadings/load effects are
calculated by numerical analysis, and
• a combination of simpliﬁed and reﬁned techniques.`
There are generally two major technical approaches for
fatigue life assessment of welded joints the Fracture Me-
chanics Approach and the Characteristic S-N Curves Ap-
proach.
The Fracture Mechanics Approach is based on crack
growth data assuming that the crack initiation already ex-
ists. The initiation phase is not modeled as it is assumed that
the lifetime can be predicted only using fracture mechan-
ics method of the growing cracks (after initiation). The frac-
ture mechanics approach is obviously more detailed than
the S-Ncurves approach. It involves examining crack growth
and determining the number of load cycles that are needed
for small initial defects to grow into cracks large enough to
cause fractures. The growth rate is proportional to the stress
range, S (or ∆σ) that is expressed in terms of a stress in-
tensity factor, K, which accounts for the magnitude of the
stress, current crack size, and weld and joint details. The
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TABLE 18.IV Sensitivity Factors for Ultimate Strength
Assessment of Hull Girder.
Model Capability Impact
Plate buckling H
Stiffened plate buckling H
Post buckling behavior H
Plate welding residual stress H
M-φ curve (post collapse prediction) H
Plate initial deﬂection M
Stiffener initial deﬂection M
Stiffener welding residual stress M
Multi-span model (instead of single span) H
(see Figure 19.12 – Chapter 19)
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basic equation that governs crack growth (79) is known as
the Paris Law is:
[59]
where:
a = crack size,
N = number of fatigue cycles (fatigue life),
∆K = S.Y(a) range of stress intensity factor, (K
max
– K
min
)
C, m = crack propagation parameters,
S = constant amplitude stress range,
= ∆σ = σ
max
– σ
min
Y(a) = function of crack geometry.
Fatigue life prediction based on the fracture mechanics
approach shall be computed according to the following
equation:
[60]
Equation 60 involves a variety of sources of uncertainty
and practical difﬁculties to deﬁne, for instance, the a and a
o
crack size. The crack propagation parameter Cin this equa-
tion is treated as random variable (80). However, in more
sophisticated models, equation 60 is treated as a stochastic
differential equation and C is allowed to vary during the
crack growth process. State of art on the Fracture Mechan-
ics Approach is available in Niemi (76) and Harris (81).
The characteristic S-N curves approach is based on fa-
tigue test data (S-N curves—Figure 18.50) and on the as-
sumption that fatigue damage accumulation is a linear
phenomenon (Miner’s rule). According to Miner (82) the
total fatigue life under a variety of stress ranges is the
weighted sum of the individual lives at constant stress range
S as given by the S-N curves (Figure 18.50), with each being
weighted according to fractional exposure to that level of
stress range.
The S-N curve approach related mainly to the crack ini-
tiation and a maximum allowable crack size. After, cracks
propagate based on the fracture mechanics concept as shown
in Figure 18.51. The propagation is not explicitly consid-
ered by the S-N curve approach.
Fatigue life strength prediction based on both the S-N
approach and Miner’s cumulative damage shall be evalu-
ated with equation 61 or, in logarithmic form, with equa-
tion 62 (Figure 18.50).
[61]
N
A
k S
S
m
e
m
·

N
C S
da
Y
m m
a
a
·

1
0 .
π . a ,
da
dN
C
m
· . ( K) ∆
logN = log (∆A) – m log (∆σ) [62]
where:
∆ = fatigue damage ratio (≤ 1)
log(∆A) = intercept of the S-N curve of the Log N axis
–1 / m = slope of the S-N curve, (≅3 ≤ m ≤ ≅7)
S

e
= mean of the Miner’s equivalent stress range S
e
, de-
ﬁned at Table 18.V
k
S
= fatigue stress uncertainty factor
∆σ = k
S
. S

e
(or the constant amplitude stress range for fail-
ure at N cycles)
N = fatigue life, or number of loading cycles expected dur-
ing the life of a detail
The Miner’s equivalent stress range, S
e
, can be evalu-
ated based on the models provided in Table 18.V (83). The
most reﬁned model would start with a scatter diagram of
sea-states, information on ship’s routes and operating char-
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Figure 18.50 A Typical S-N Curve
Figure 18.51 Comparison between the Characteristic S-N Curve and Fracture
Mechanics Approach
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acteristics, and use of a ship response computer program to
provide a detailed history of stress ranges over the service
life of the ship. For such model, the wave exceedance dia-
gram (deterministic method) and the spectral method (prob-
abilistic method) can be employed (Table 18.V).
S-N curves are obtained from fatigue tests and are avail-
able in different design codes for various structural details
in bridges, ships, and offshore structures. The design S-N
curves are based on the mean-minus-two-standard-devia-
tion curves for relevant experimental data (Figure 18.50).
They are thus associated with a 97.6% probability of sur-
vival. Some classiﬁcation societies use 90%.
In practice, the actual probabilities of failure associated
with fatigue design lives is usually higher due to uncer-
tainties associated with the calculated stresses, the various
S-N curve correction factors, and the critical value of the
cumulative fatigue damage ratio, ∆.
Cumulative damage: The damage may either be calculated
on basis of the long-term stress range distribution using
Weibull parameters (simpliﬁed method), or on summation of
damage from each short-term distribution in the scatter dia-
gram (probabilistic and deterministic methods, Table 18.V).
The stress range (S or ∆σ): The procedure for the fa-
tigue analysis is based on the assumption that it is only nec-
essary to consider the ranges of cyclic principal stresses in
determining the fatigue endurance. However, some reduc-
tion in the fatigue damage accumulation can be credited
when parts of the stress cycle range are in compression.
Fatigue areas: The potential for fatigue damage is de-
pendent on weather conditions, ship type, corrosion level,
location on ship, structural detail and weld geometry and
workmanship. The potential danger of fatigue damage will
also vary according to crack location and number of po-
tential damage points. Fatigue strength assessment shall
normally be carried out for:
• longitudinal and transverse element in:
— bottom/inner bottom (side),
— longitudinal and transverse bulkheads.
• strength deck in the midship region and forebody, and
• other highly stressed structural details in the midship re-
gion and forebody, like panel knuckles.
Time at sea: Vessel response may differ signiﬁcantly for
different loading conditions. It is therefore of major im-
portance to include response for actual loading conditions.
Since fatigue is a result of numerous cyclic loads, only the
most frequent loading conditions are included in the fatigue
analysis. These will normally be ballast and full load con-
dition. Under certain circumstances, other loading condi-
tions may be used.
Environmental conditions: The long-term distribution
of load responses for fatigue analyses may be estimated
using the wave climate, represented by the distribution of
Hs and Ts, representing the sea operation conditions. As
guidance to the choice between these data sets, one should
consider the average wave environment the vessel is ex-
pected to encounter during its design life. The world wide
sailing routes will therefore normally apply. For shuttle
tankers and vessels that will sail frequently on the North At-
lantic, or in other harsh environments, the wave data given
in accordance with this should be applied. For vessels that
will sail in more smooth sailing routes, less harsh environ-
mental data may be applied. This should be decided upon
for each case.
Geometrical imperfections: The fatigue life of a welded
joint is much dependent on the local stress concentrations
factors arising from surface imperfections during the fab-
rication process, consisting of weld discontinuities and geo-
metrical deviations. Surface weld discontinuities are weld
toe undercuts, cracks, overlaps, incomplete penetration, etc.
Geometrical imperfections are deﬁned as misalignment, an-
gular distortion, excessive weld reinforcement and other-
wise poor weld shapes.
Effect of grinding of welds: For welded joints involving
potential fatigue cracking from the weld toe an improve-
ment in strength by a factor of at least 2 on fatigue life can
be obtained by controlled local machining or grinding of
the weld toe. Note that grinding of welds should not be used
as a “design tool”, but rather as a mean to lower the fatigue
damage when special circumstances have made it necessary.
This should be used as a reserve if the stress in special areas
turns out to be larger than estimated at an earlier stage of
the design.
18.6.6.3 Stress concentration and hot spot stress
The stress level obtained from a structural analysis, such as
FEA, will depend on the ﬁneness of the model. The differ-
ent analysis models described in Subsection 18.7.2 will
therefore lead to different levels of result processing in order
to complete the fatigue calculations.
In order to correctly determine the stresses to be used in
fatigue analyses, it is important to note the deﬁnition of the
different stress categories (Figure 18.52).
Nominal stresses are those, typically, derived from coarse
mesh FE models. Stress concentrations resulting from the
gross shape of the structure, for example, shear lag effects,
have to be included in the nominal stresses derived from
stress analysis.
Geometric stresses include nominal stresses and stresses
due to structural discontinuities and presence of attach-
ments, but excluding stresses due to presence of welds.
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Stresses derived from ﬁne mesh FE models are geometric
stresses. Effects caused by fabrication imperfections as mis-
alignment of structural parts, are normally not included in
FEA, and must be separately accounted for, using, for in-
stance (equation 65).
Hot spot stress is the greatest value of the extrapolation
to the weld toe of the geometric stress distribution imme-
diately outside the region affected by the geometry of the
weld (Figure 18.52).
Notch stress is the total stress at the weld toe (hot spot
location) and includes the geometric stress and the stress
due to the presence of the weld. The notch stress may be
calculated by multiplying the hot spot stress by a stress con-
centration factor, or more precisely the theoretical notch
factor, K
2
(equation 65).
FE may be used to directly determine the notch stress.
However, because of the small notch radius and the steep
stress gradient at a weld, a very ﬁne mesh is needed.
In practice, the stress concentration factors (K-factors)
may be determined based on ﬁne mesh FE analyses, or, al-
ternatively, from the selection of factors for typical details.
The notch stress range governs the fatigue life of a de-
tail. For components other than smooth specimens the notch
stress is obtained by multiplication of the nominal stress by
K-factors (equation 63). The K-factors in this document are
thus deﬁned as
[63]
The relation between the notch stress range to be used
together with the S-N-curve and the nominal stress range
is
[64]
All stress risers have to be considered when evaluating
S K
notch nominal
· · · ∆ ∆ ∆ σ σ σ .
K
notch
nominal
·
σ
σ
the notch stress. This can be done by multiplication of K-
factors arising from different causes. The resulting K-fac-
tor to be used for calculation of notch stress is:
K = K1 . K2 . K3 . K4 . K5 [65]
where:
K
1
= stress concentration factor due to the gross geometry
of the detail considered
K
2
= stress concentration factor due to the weld geometry
(notch factor); K
2
= 1.5 if not stated otherwise
K
3
= additional stress concentration factor due to eccen-
tricity tolerance
K
4
= additionally stress concentration factor due to angu-
lar mismatch
K
5
= additional stress concentration factor for un-symmet-
rical stiffeners on laterally loaded panels, applicable
when the nominal stress is derived from simple beam
analyses
Fatigue cracks are assumed to be independent of princi-
pal stress direction within 45° of the normal to the weld toe.
Hot spot stress extrapolation procedure: The hot spot
stress extrapolation procedure (Figure 18.52) is only to be
used for stresses that are derived from stress concentration
models (ﬁne mesh). Nominal stresses found from other
models should be multiplied with appropriate stress con-
centration factors (equation 65). The stress extrapolation
procedure is speciﬁc to each classiﬁcation societies (74).
Today, there is unfortunately no standard procedure.
18.6.6.4 Direct analysis
Several S-N fatigue approaches exists, they all have ad-
vantages and disadvantages. The different approaches are
therefore suitable for different areas. Load effects, accu-
racy of the analysis, computer demands, etc. should be eval-
uated before one of the approaches is chosen.
Full stochastic fatigue analysis: The full stochastic analy-
sis, for example the Spectral Model of Table 18.V, is an
analysis where all load effects from global and local loads,
are included. This is ensured by use of stress concentration
models and direct load transfer to the structural model.
Hence, all stress components are combined using the cor-
rect phasing and without simpliﬁcations or omissions of
any stress component.
This method usually will be the most exact for determi-
nation of fatigue damage and will normally be used together
with ﬁne meshed stress concentration models. The method
may, however, not be suitable when non-linearities in the
loading are of importance (side longitudinals). This is es-
pecially the case for areas where wave or tank pressures in
the surface region are of major importance. This is due to
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Figure 18.52 Deﬁnition of Stress Categories (4)
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the fact that all load effects result in one set of combined
stresses, making it difﬁcult to modify the stress caused by
one of the load effects.
The approach is suitable for areas where the stress con-
centration factors are unknown (knuckles, bracket and ﬂange
terminations of main girder, stiffeners subjected to large
relative deformations).
18.6.6.5 Simpliﬁed models
The stress component based stochastic fatigue analysis:
The idea of the stress component based fatigue analysis is
to change the direct load transfer functions calculated from
the hydrodynamic load program into stress transfer func-
tions by use of load/stress ratios, H
i
(equation 66). The load
transfer functions, H
i
, normally include the global hull girder
bending sectional forces and moments, the pressures for all
panels of the 3-D diffraction model, the internal tank pres-
sures.
The stress transfer functions, H
i
, are combined to a total
stress transfer function, H
σ
, by a linear complex summation
of the different transfer functions (4), as:
[66]
where:
A
i
= stress per unit axial force deﬁned as the local stress
response in the considered detail due to a unit sec-
tional load for load component i.
Η
σ
= total transfer function for the combined local stress,
H
i
= transfer function for the load component i, that is, axial
force, bending moments, twisting and lateral load.
This approach enables the use of separate load factors on
each load component and thus includes loads non-linearities.
Few load cases have to be analyzed and it is possible to use
simpliﬁed formulas for the area of interest but errors are eas-
ily made in the combination of stresses, manual deﬁnition of
extra load cases may cause errors and simpliﬁcations are usu-
ally made in loading. Suitable areas are components where
geometric stress concentration factors, K
1
, are available (lon-
gitudinals, plating, cut-outs and standard hopper knuckles)
and areas where side pressure is of importance.
The simpliﬁed design wave approach (Weibull Model,
Table 18.V) is a simpliﬁcation to the previous component
based stochastic fatigue analyses. In this simpliﬁed ap-
proach, the extreme load response effect over a speciﬁed
number of load cycles, for example, 10
4
cycles, is deter-
mined. The resulting stress range, ∆σ, is then representa-
tive for the stress at a probability level of exceedance of
10
-4
per cycle. The derived extreme stress response is com-
bined with a calculated Weibull shape parameter, k, to de-
ﬁne the long-term stress range distribution (Table 18.V).
The Weibull shape parameter, k, for the stress response
should be determined from the long-term distribution of the
dominating load calculated in the hydrodynamic analysis.
This simpliﬁed approach only requires the considera-
tion of one load case. It is easy and fast to perform but it
can only be used if one load dominates the response and
the results are very sensitive to selection of design wave.
Suitable areas concern components where one load is dom-
inating the response, that is, deck areas and other areas with-
out local loading.
H A H
i i
i
σ
·

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TABLE 18.V Commonly Used Expressions for Evaluating
Miner’s Equivalent Stress Range (S
e
), (83)
1. Wave Exceedance Diagram (Deterministic Method)
S
i
= stress range
F
i
= fraction of cycles in the ith stress block
n
b
= number of stress block
2. Spectral Method (Probabilistic Method)
λ(m) = rainﬂow correction
Γ(.) = gamma function
γ
ι
= fraction of time in ith sea-state
f
i
= frequency of wave loading in ith sea-state
σ
ι
= RMS of stress process in ith sea-state
3. Weibull Model for Stress Ranges (Simpliﬁed Method)
S
d
= stress range that is exceeded on the average once out of
N
d
stress cycles
Γ(.) = gamma function
k = Weibull shape parameter
N
d
= total number of stress ranges in design life
S f S S f S
e
m
i
i
m
i
n
e i
i
m
i
n
m
b b
· → ·
∑ ∑
S m
f
m
f
e
m
m
i i
i
m
i
· ( )
( )
+
|
.
`
,

λ γ σ
2 2
2
1
0
Γ
S f S S f S
e
m
i
i
m
i
n
e i
i
m
i
n
m
b b
· → ·
∑ ∑
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18.6.6.6 Design criteria
The standard fatigue design criterion is basically the ex-
pected lifetime before that signiﬁcant damage appears
(cracks). It usually is taken as being 20 years. Then, the de-
signer’s target is to design structural details for which the
fatigue failure happens after, for instance, 20 years. If it
happens before, the ﬁxing cost is very high and induces
owner losses. If the ﬁrst failure only happens after 30 years
or later, the structural detail scantlings were globally over-
estimated, the hull weight too high and, therefore, that the
owner had lost payload during 20 years.
Partial safety factors, additional stress concentration fac-
tors and the stress extrapolation procedure are typically de-
ﬁned by the classiﬁcations societies.
18.6.7 Collision and Grounding
18.6.7.1 Present design approaches
The OPA 90 and equivalent IMO requirements must be sat-
isﬁed in structural design of ships carrying dangerous or pol-
lutant cargoes, for example, chemicals, bulk oil, liqueﬁed
gas. The primary requirements are to arrange a double bot-
tom of a required minimum height, and double sides of a
required minimum width. In this context, to reduce the out-
ﬂow of pollutant cargoes in ship collision or grounding ac-
cident, OPA 90 and IMO both require that the minimum
vertical height, h, of each double bottom ballast tank or void
space is not to be less than 2.0 m or B/15 (B = ship’s beam),
whichever is the lesser, but in no case is the height to be
less than 1.0 m. OPA and IMO also require that the mini-
mum width, w, of each wing ballast tank or void space is
not to be less than 0.5+DWT/20 000 (m) or w =2.0 (m),
whichever is the lesser, where DWT is the deadweight of
the ship in tonnes. In no case is w to be less than 1.0 (m).
More detailed information is available in Chapter 29 on Oil
Tanker.
18.6.7.2 Direct analysis
To reduce the probability of outﬂow of hazardous cargo in
ship collisions and grounding, the kinetic energy loss dur-
ing the accident should be entirely absorbed by damage of
outer structures, that is, before the inner shell in contact
with the cargo can rupture. Of crucial importance, then, is
how to arrange or make the scantlings of strength members
in the implicated ship structures such that the initial kinetic
energy is effectively consumed and the structural perform-
ance against an accident will be maximized. For this pur-
pose, the structural crashworthiness of ships in collisions
and grounding must be analyzed using accurate and efﬁcient
procedures (84).
Figure 18.53 shows direct design procedures of ship
structures against collision and grounding (85). For the ac-
cidental limit state design, the integrity of a structure can
be checked in two steps. In the ﬁrst step, the structural per-
formance against design accident events will be assessed,
while post-accident effects such as likely oil outﬂow are
evaluated in the second step.
The primary concern of the accidental limit state design
in such cases is to maintain the water tightness of ship com-
partments, the containment of dangerous or pollutant car-
goes, and the integrity of critical spaces (reactor compart-
ments of nuclear powered ships or tanks in LNG ships) at
the greatest possible levels, and to minimize the release/out-
ﬂow of cargo. To facilitate a rescue mission, it is also nec-
essary keep the residual strength of damaged structures at
a certain level, so that the ship can be towed to safe harbor
or a repair yard as may be required.
18.6.7.3 Simpliﬁed models
Since the response of ships in collision or grounding acci-
dent includes relatively complicated behavior such as crush-
ing, tearing and yielding, existing simpliﬁed methods are
not always adequate. However, many simpliﬁed models
useful for predicting accident induced structural damages
and residual strength of damaged ship structures have been
developed and continue to be successfully used. Simpliﬁed
models for collision are rather different from those of
grounding since both are different in the nature of the me-
chanics involved. As it is impossible to describe them in a
limited space, valuable references are Ohtsubo et al (86),
and Kaminski et al (39).
18.6.7.4 Design criteria
The structural design criteria for ship collisions and ground-
ing are based on limiting accidental consequences such as
structural damage, ﬁre and explosion, and environmental
pollution, and to make sure that the main safety functions
of ship structures are not impaired to a signiﬁcant extent dur-
ing any accidental event or within a certain time period
thereafter.
Structural performance of a ship against collision or
grounding can be measured by:
• energy absorption capability,
• maximum penetration in an accident,
• spillage amount of hazardous cargo, for example, crude
oil, and
• hull girder ultimate strength of damaged ships (Section
18.6.5).
Design acceptance criteria may be based on the follow-
ing parameters (87):
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• minimum distance of cargo containment from the outer
shell,
• ship speed above which a critical event (breaching of
cargo containment) happens,
• allowable quantity of oil outﬂow, and
• minimum values of section modulus or ultimate hull
girder strength.
And the design results must satisfy:
• cargo tanks/holds are not breached in an accident so that
there will be no danger of pollution, or
• if the cargo tanks are breached, the oil outﬂow follow-
ing an accident is limited, and/or
• the ship has adequate residual hull girder strength so that
it will survive an accident and will not break apart, min-
imizing a second chance of pollution.
18.6.8 Vibration
18.6.8.1 Present Vibration Design Approaches
The traditional design methodology for vibration is based on
rules, deﬁned by classiﬁcation societies. Vibrations are not
explicitly covered by class rules but their prediction is needed
to achieve a good design. Ship structures are excited by nu-
merous dynamic oscillating forces. Excitation may originate
within the ship or outside the ship by external forces. Reci-
procating machinery such as large main propulsion diesel
produce important forces at low frequency. Pressure ﬂuctu-
ations due to propeller at blade rate frequency induce pres-
sure variation on the ship’s hull. Varying hull pressures
associated with waves belong also to external excitations. All
these forces can be approximated by a combination of har-
monic forces. If their frequencies coincide with the structure
eigen frequencies, resonant behavior will happen.
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It is of prime importance to avoid global main hull vi-
brations. If they do occur, the remedial action will proba-
bly be very costly. So, during early design, the hull girder
frequencies must be compared to wave excitation (spring-
ing risk), and to propeller and engine excitation. Table 18.VI
gives some typical values of the ﬁrst hull girder frequen-
cies in Hz of some ship types.
Hull girder frequencies and modes should be computed
using approximate empirical formulae (88), simple beam
models for long prismatic structures (VLCC, container ships,
etc.) associated with lumped added mass models, or using
3D ﬁnite element models for complex ships (RO-RO, cruise
ship), LNG, and short and non-prismatic structures (tug,
catamaran, etc.).
18.6.8.2 Fluid structure interaction
Fluid structure interaction is evidenced in the dynamic be-
havior of ships. As a ﬁrst approximation, the ship is con-
sidered as a rigid body, for the sea keeping analyses (wave
induced motions and loads).
Wave vibration induced: An early determination of hull
girder vibration modes and frequencies is important to avoid
serious problems that would be difﬁcult to solve at a later
stage of the project.
Risk of springing (occurring when ﬁrst hull girder fre-
quency equals wave encounter frequency) has to be detected
very early. Springing may occur for long and/or ﬂexible
ships and for high speed craft and it increases the number
of cyclic loads contributing to human fatigue. Various meth-
ods to assess the ﬁrst hull girder frequency can be used at
preliminary design stage.
Engine/propeller vibration induced: Resonance prob-
lems may also appear on small ships like tugs, where hull
girder frequency can be close to the propulsion excitation
(around 7Hz). High vibration levels contribute to human
fatigue and dysfunction, besides the discomfort aspect.
Fluid added mass: Hull girder vibrations induce dis-
placement of the surrounding ﬂuid. Therefore imparting ki-
netic energy in the ﬂuid. This phenomenon can be taken
into account for the hull girder modes and frequencies cal-
culation as added mass terms. Various methods can be used
for the determination of added mass term. Lumped mass ap-
proach is the simplest one (89) but is only valid for simple
prismatic slender shapes, and for a single mode. Fluid ﬁ-
nite and semi-inﬁnite elements or boundary integral for-
mulation lead to the calculation of more accurate added
mass matrices (90), especially for complex hull forms and
appendices study (rudder). Added mass matrices associated
with 3D ﬁnite element model of the structure, allow for an
accurate determination of hull girder modes and frequen-
cies. Added mass terms may also be needed for the vibra-
tions of tank walls. The corresponding methods and
associated software are available for industrial usage (Fig-
ure 18.54) and numerical simulations are today predictable
with good accuracy (91). Figure 18.54 shows a ﬂuid-struc-
ture coupled FE-model of a 230 m long passenger vessel
using 150 000 degrees of freedom.
A difﬁcult coupled problem is the ﬂuid impact occur-
ring in slamming or due to sloshing in tanks. The local de-
formation of the impacted shells and plating inﬂuences the
Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-57
TABLE 18.VI Typical Values of the First Hull Girder
Frequencies (in Hertz)
Large
Order Cruise Fast
(mode) ship monohull LNG VLCC Frigate Tug
1 1.0 Hz 1.8 0.9 0.8 1.9 7.0
2 1.5 Hz 2.9 2.0 1.7 3.8 13
3 2.6 Hz — — — 5.8 —
4 3.2 Hz — — — 7.8 —
Figure 18.54 Fluid/Structure FE-Model of a Passenger Vessel (Principia
Marine, France)
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pressures and ﬂuid velocities. Moreover, air trapped in such
an impact may have a cushioning effect, softening its sever-
ity. The numerical simulation of those heavily coupled prob-
lems still belongs to the research domain, though its
industrial importance for the design of ship structures (92).
18.6.8.3 Direct analysis
Vibration problems are critical for passenger ships with typ-
ically a 12-Hertz blade excitation. Ship owners demand very
low vertical velocity levels incabins and public areas (less
than 1.2 mm/s in the 5-25 Hz frequency band).
Numerical simulation using 3D ﬁnite element models is
the only method to predict ship response (including the var-
ious frequency modes) to pressure ﬂuctuation on the ship
hull. Such simulation is now used as a design tool to select
appropriate scantlings of decks, location of pillars, detect
possible resonance, and select the number of propeller
blades. The main difﬁculty is to perform this analysis early
enough in a very short design cycle.
Local analyses also have to be performed, based on ﬁ-
nite element models to check the potential risk of vibration
of local areas, when local modes can be considered as de-
coupled from global hull girder modes. Decks, superstruc-
ture, appendices (rudder, radar mast, etc.) can be analyzed
to check scantling and avoid the risk of resonance.
Slamming impacts generate impulsive response of the
hull girder (whipping), which affects comfort and fatigue.
Prediction of stress ﬂuctuations and vibration levels in var-
ious parts of the ship can only be performed by simulation
in the time domain based on 3D detailed ﬁnite element mod-
els (Figure 18.55). The main difﬁculty is the determination
of the time and space dependent slamming forces.
18.6.8.4 Simpliﬁed models
Unfortunately, they are of little use for simpliﬁed vibration
predictions. Beam models associated to database can be
used for an approximate determination of hull girder modes
and frequencies at early stage of the project. Decks zones
and equipment frequencies may also be estimated by for-
mulas given by reference books (94).
Dedicated software has also been written for the study
of shafting, including journal and bearing stiffness and
whirling effect (95).
18.6.8.5 Design criteria
The most effective way to control vibration resides in the
reduction of the excitation. This can be achieved by bal-
ancing all forces in reciprocating and rotary machinery and
using special mounts. Hydrodynamic forces can be reduced
by improving the ﬂow around the propeller and siting it
clear of the hull. Propulsion using pods can dramatically re-
duce pressure ﬂuctuations. Excitation frequencies can also
be modiﬁed by changing the number of propeller blades.
A good design, ensuring continuity of vertical bulkheads,
avoiding cantilevered and stiff or mass discontinuities, con-
tributes to improving the dynamic behavior of the ship. The
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second action consists in avoiding resonance by modiﬁca-
tion of the hull scantlings, and addition of pillars, in order
to increase or lower the eigen frequencies.
Reduction of unavoidable vibration levels can be
achieved for local vibrations by dynamic isolation for equip-
ments, passive damping solutions (ﬂoating ﬂoors on ab-
sorbing material), and dynamic energy absorbers. All these
curative actions are usually difﬁcult, costly, only applica-
ble for local vibrations and nearly impossible for vibrations
due to global modes. Local modes determination is difﬁ-
cult at early stage of the design mainly due to the uncer-
tainty on mass distribution, non-structural mass (outﬁtting
and equipments) being of the some order of magnitude as
the steelwork part.
18.6.9 Special Considerations
In addition to the considerations for LNG tank, container
ship, bulk carrier and passenger vessel, special considera-
tions are available in Volume II of this book. Moreover,
ISSC committees 1997 and 2000 also provide valuable in-
formation on speciﬁc ship types, that is, high-speed vessels
and ships sailing in ice conditions.
18.6.9.1 LNG Tanks
General information on such ships is available in Chapter
32 – Liqueﬁed Gas Carriers. These ships contain usually a
double hull (sides and bottom). Major structural concerns
deal with the tanks themselves and with their support legs.
Dilatation, tightness and thermal isolation are important as-
pects. There are several patented concepts: independent
tanks, membrane tanks, semi-membranes tanks and inte-
gral tanks. Excepted for the integral tanks, the tanks are self-
supporting and are not essential to the hull strength. When
supported by legs, these legs require a particular attention.
Integral tanks form a structural part of the ship’s hull and
are inﬂuenced in the same manner by wave loads.
18.6.9.2 Container ships
The design of container ships of 5000 and 6000 TEU hav-
ing a beam of 40m has increased the standard torsional prob-
lem of ships having a large open deck. Torsional strength
and limitation of the equivalent stress (equation 45) at the
hatch corners are the major issues in the evaluation of the
strength of main hull structure. Use of multicell structures
in side shell and double bottom is recommended. More-
over, the torsional moment distribution must be assessed
with care.
As hatch covers are not considered as hull strength mem-
bers, omission of hatch covers does not impose any partic-
ular effects in the structural design of a main hull structure.
The general characteristics of container ships are detailed
in Chapter 36 – Container Ships.
18.6.9.3 Bulk carriers
Casualty of bulk carriers was very high in the early 1990s.
The main reasons were a lack of maintenance, excessive cor-
rosion and fatigue (77). Weak point of these ships is the
lower part of the side plate at the junction with the bilge
hopper. Now, classiﬁcation societies are aware about this
problem and had updated their rules and associated struc-
tural details. The general design practice on bulk carriers is
detailed in Chapter 33 – Bulk Carriers.
18.6.9.4 Passenger vessels
Ship strength analysis is based on a beam model. The com-
plexity of large passenger ships, with a low resistant deck
and wide openings, windows and openings in the side in-
duces a much more complex behavior. Rational approach
is necessary to get a realistic understanding of the ﬂux of
forces and capture the complex behavior of such ships.
Due to the large openings and discontinuities, racking and
stress concentration are two major concerns. For archi-
tectural reason, pillars are often omitted in large public
areas (theater, lounge, etc.). Today, 3D FEA is usually car-
ried out to design large passenger vessels (Figures 18.54
and 18.55). Due to large opening in the side shells, the ver-
tical stress distribution is not linear (Figure 18.35). This
means that the basic beam bending formulation is no valid
(equation 29). More general information related to pas-
senger vessels is available in Chapter 37 – Passenger Ships
and in reference 68.
18.6.9.5 Composite material
Fiberglass boat building started in the 1960s. Today, de-
signers are trying to plan composite construction of ships
up to 100 meters in length. A comprehensive guide for the
design of ship structures in composites is the Ship Struc-
ture Committee Report SSC-403 of Greene (96). Design
methodology, materiel properties, micro and macro me-
chanic of composites and failures modes are deeply dis-
cussed.
In addition to the classic failure modes of steel and alu-
minum structures presented in Subsection 18.6.1, compos-
ites are subject to speciﬁc failure modes.
In compression, there are the crimping, skin wrinkling
and dimpling of the honeycomb cores (Figure 18.56). In
bending, instead of the traditional ﬁrst yield bending mo-
ment, for composites, the design limit load corresponds to
the ﬁrst ply failure.
The creep behavior and the long-term damage from
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water, UV and temperature, and their performance in ﬁres
are other speciﬁc structural problems of composites. A re-
view of the performance of composite structures is pro-
posed by Jensen et al (98).
18.6.9.6 Aluminum structures
Compared to steel, the reduced speciﬁc weight of aluminum
(2.70 kN/m
3
for aluminum and7.70 kN/m
3
for steel) is a very
interesting property for a ship designer. The yield stress of
unwelded aluminum alloys can be comparable to mild steel
(235 MPa) but changes drastically from one alloy to an-
other (125 MPa for ALU 5083-O and 215 MPa for ALU
5083-H321). The modulus of elasticity of aluminum alloys
is one-third of steel.
The main difﬁculty for the use of aluminum use deals
with its mechanical properties after welding. The yield stress
of aluminum alloys may decrease signiﬁcantly after weld-
ing (remains at 125 MPa for
ALU 5083-O but drop to 140 MPa for ALU 5083-H321).
The area close to a weld is called Heat Affected Zone (HAZ).
It is characterized by reduced strength properties. HAZ is
particularly important to assess the buckling and ultimate
strength of welded components such as beam-column ele-
ments, stiffened panels, etc.
For marine applications ALU 5083, 5086 and 6061 can
be used. Nevertheless, the mechanical and strength prop-
erties of aluminum change a lot with the alloy composition
and the production processing. Thus, the alloy selection
must be done with care with regard to the yield strength be-
fore and after welding, the welding and extruding capabil-
ities, the marine behavior, etc.
Fire strength is another concerns when using aluminum
alloys as it quickly loses its strength when the temperature
rises.
Despite the aforementioned shortcomings aluminum al-
loys will be more extensively use in the future for the de-
sign of fast vessels, for which the structural weight is very
important to reach higher speed (for high speed mono hull,
catamaran and trimaran vessels). The good extruding ca-
pability of aluminum alloys has to be enhanced through
scantling standardization. That helps to lower to produc-
tion cost (\$/man-hour) and compensate the initial higher
material cost of aluminum, which is approximately 3 times
higher that mild steel (\$/kg).
18.6.9.7 Corrosion
Corrosion does not present a structural design problem, as
almost all the classiﬁcation societies base their rules on a
net scantling. This means that the thickness to consider in
analysis (for empirical formulations up to complex FEA)
is the reduced thickness (without corrosion allowance) and
not the actual thickness. The difference between the reduced
thickness and the actual one is usually ﬁxed by the classi-
ﬁcation but can also change according to the owner re-
quirements. This is an economic choice and not a structural
problem.
For bulk carriers, thickness reduction due to corrosion
is generally assumed to be 5 mm for hold frames and 3 mm
for side shell plating.
18.7 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS FOR STRUCTURAL
DESIGN
18.7.1 Motivation for Numerical Analysis
In most of the cases, a ship is a one of a kind product, even
if limited series may exist in some cases. The design, study
and production cycle is very short and major decision have
to be taken very early in the project. It is well known that
the cost of a late modiﬁcation is very high and such a situ-
ation has to be avoided. Also experience-based design can
be an obstacle to the introduction of innovation. Numerical
analysis clearly is needed to improve the design (innova-
tion) but also to control safety margins. Moreover, it gives
access to local and detailed analysis, which is not possible
with simpliﬁed methods. The concept of numerical mock up,
used in aerospace and car industry has proven its efﬁciency.
Shipbuilding is clearly moving in the same direction.
18.7.1.1 Static and quasi-static analysis
Static and quasi-static analysis represents the traditional
way to perform stress and strength analysis of a ship struc-
ture. Loads are assessed separately of the strength structure
and, even if their origins are dynamic (ﬂow induced), they
are assumed to be static (do not change with the time). This
assumption may be correct for the hydrostatic pressure but
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Figure 18.56 Potential Failure Modes of Sandwich Panels (100), (a) Face
yielding/fracture, (b) Core shear failure, (c-d) Face wrinkling, (e) Buckling, (f)
Shear crimping, (g) Face dimpling, (h) Local indentation.
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not when the dynamic wave loads are changed to static loads
applied on the side plates of the hull.
In the future, even if the assumption of static loads is not
veriﬁed, static analysis will continue to be performed, as it
is easier and faster to perform. In addition, tens of experi-
ence years have shown that they provide accurate results
when stresses and deﬂections assessment are the main tar-
get (as deﬁned in Section 18.4).
Such analysis is also the standard procedure for fatigue
assessment to determine the hot spot stress through ﬁne
mesh FEA.
18.7.1.2 Dynamic analysis
When problems occur on a ship due to dynamic effects, it
is very often late in the design and building stage and even
in service, and corrective actions are costly. Simpliﬁed meth-
ods can only predict the ﬁrst hull girder modes frequencies.
Numerical ﬁnite element based simulation is mature enough
to predict up to second propeller harmonic, the vibration
level, giving a design tool to comply with ISO or ship owner
requirements. Moreover, possible dynamic problems can
be detected early enough in the design to allow for correc-
tive actions.
18.7.1.3 Nonlinearities analysis
Nonlinear structural analysis is mainly used to analyze buck-
ling, ultimate strength and accidental or extreme situations
(explosions, collisions, grounding, blast). The results of
such costly and difﬁcult analysis are often used to calibrate
simpliﬁed methods or rules. But they are also very useful
to understand possible failure modes and mechanical be-
havior under severe loads.
18.7.1.4 Emerging trends
Like the automotive and aerospace industry, there is a clear
trend towards the reduction of design cycle time. Numeri-
cal mock up or virtual ship approach (97), especially for one
of a kind product, is clearly a way to achieve this. Required
computing power is available and will no longer be a con-
straint. The ﬁrst difﬁculty is to establish an efﬁcient model
of complex physical problems, associated with increasing
demand for accuracy. The second difﬁculty is the manpower
needed to prepare and check the models, which will be
solved by the development of integrated solutions for ship
description and modeling (99).
Advances are expected in the ﬁeld of FE-modeling. The
trend is toward one structure description, one model and sev-
eral applications. This is the ﬁeld for multiphysics and cou-
pling analysis. The base modeling will be re-used and
adapted to perform successively,
• static, fatigue and fracture analysis,
• buckling and ultimate strength analysis,
• vibration and acoustics analysis, and
• vulnerability assessment.
Progress is expected by the utilization of reliability meth-
ods already used in offshore industry, where uncertainties
and dispersions of the loads, geometrical defaults, initial
stresses and strains, material properties are deﬁned as sto-
chastic (non deterministic) data, leading to the calculation
of a probability of failure. This philosophy can be applied
to fatigue and ultimate strength, but also to dynamic re-
sponse, leading to a more robust design, less sensitive to
defaults, imperfections, uncertainties and stochastic nature
of loads. Reliability-based analyses using probabilistic con-
cept are presented in Chapter 19.
In the future, safety aspects related to structural prob-
lems will also be tackled such as ultimate strength using non-
linear methods. Collision and grounding damages and
improved design to increase ship safety will be studied by
numerical simulation, whereas experimental approach is
nearly impossible and/or too costly. Explicit codes, used in
car crash simulation (101), will be adapted to speciﬁc as-
pects of ship structure (size and presence of ﬂuid). In tra-
ditional sea keeping analysis, the ship is considered as a
rigid body. In coupled problems such as slamming situa-
tions, this hypothesis is no more valid and a part of the en-
ergy is absorbed by ship deformation. Hydro-elasticity
methods (102) aim taking into account the interaction of the
ﬂexible ship structure with the surrounding water. Nonlin-
ear effects due to bow and aft part of the ship, ship veloc-
ity, diffraction radiation effects contribute to the complexity
of the problem. The simulation of catamaran, trimaran and
fast monohulls behavior need the development of new meth-
ods to take into account the high velocities and the com-
plex 3D phenomena.
18.7.2 Finite Element Analysis
The main aim of using the ﬁnite element method (FEM) in
structural analysis is to obtain an accurate calculation of the
stress response in the hull structure. Several types or levels
of FE-models may be used in the analyses:
• global stiffness model,
• cargo hold model,
• frame and girder models,
• local structure models, and
• stress concentration models.
The model or sets of models applied is to give a proper
representation of the following structure:
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• longitudinal plating,
• transverse bulkheads/frames,
• stringers/girders, and
• longitudinals or other structural stiffeners.
The ﬁner mesh models are usually referred to as sub-
models. These models may be solved separately by trans-
fer of boundary deformations/ boundary forces from the
coarser model. This requires that the various mesh models
are compatible, meaning that the coarser models have
meshes producing deformations and/or forces applicable as
boundary conditions for the ﬁner mesh models.
18.7.2.1 Structural ﬁnite element models
Global stiffness model: A relatively coarse mesh that is used
to represent the overall stiffness and global stress distribu-
tion of the primary members of the total hull length. Typi-
cal models are shown in Figure 18.57. The mesh density of
the model has to be sufﬁcient to describe deformations and
nominal stresses from the following effects:
• vertical hull girder bending including shear lag effects,
• vertical shear distribution between ship side and bulk-
heads,
• horizontal hull girder bending including shear lag ef-
fects, torsion of the hull girder, and
• transverse shear and bending.
Stiffened panels may be modeled by means of layered
elements, anisotropic elements or frequently by a combi-
nation of plate and beam elements. It is important to have
a good representation of the overall membrane panel stiff-
ness in the longitudinal/transverse directions. Structure not
contributing to the global strength of the vessel may be dis-
regarded; the mass of these elements shall nevertheless be
included (for vibration). The scantling is to be modeled with
reduced scantling, that is, corrosion addition is to be de-
ducted from the actual scantling.
All girder webs should be modeled with shell elements.
Flanges may be modeled using beam and truss elements.
Web and ﬂange properties are to be according to the real
geometry.
The performance of the model is closely linked to the
type of elements and the mesh topology that is used. As a
standard practice, it is recommended to use 4-node shell or
membrane elements in combination with 2-node beam or
truss elements are used. The shape of 4-node elements
should be as rectangular as possible as skew elements will
lead to inaccurate element stiffness properties. The element
formulation of the 4-node elements requires all four nodes
to be in the same plane. Double curved surfaces should
therefore not be modeled with 4-node elements. 3-node el-
ements should be used instead.
The minimum element sizes to be used in a global struc-
tural model (coarse mesh) for 4–node elements (ﬁner mesh
divisions may of course be used and is welcomed, specially
with regard to sub-models):
• main model: 1 element between transverse frames/gird-
ers; 1element between structural deck levels and mini-
mum three elements between longitudinal bulkheads,
• girders: 3 elements over the height, and
• plating: 1 element between 2 longitudinals.
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Figure 18.58 Cargo Hold Model (Based on the Fine Mesh of the Frame
Model), (4)
Figure 18.59 Frame and Girder Model (Web Frame), (4)
Figure 18.57 Global Finite Element Model of Container Vessel Including a 4
Cargo Holds Sub-model (4).
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Cargo hold model: The model is used to analyze the de-
formation response and nominal stresses of the primary
members of the midship area. The model will normally
cover 1/2+1+1/2 cargo hold/tank length in the midship re-
gion. Typical models are shown in Figure 18.58.
Frame and girder models: These models are used to an-
alyze nominal stresses in the main framing/girder system
(Figure 18.59). The element mesh is to be ﬁne enough to
describe stress increase in critical areas (such as bracket
with continuous ﬂange). This model may be included in the
cargo hold model, or run separately with prescribed bound-
ary deformations/forces. However, if sufﬁcient computer
capacity is available, it will normally be convenient to com-
bine the two analyses into one model.
Local structure analyses are used to analyze stresses in
local areas. Stresses in laterally loaded local plates and stiff-
eners subjected to large relative deformations between gird-
ers/frames and bulkheads may be necessary to investigate
along with stress increase in critical areas, such as brack-
ets with continuous ﬂanges.
As an example, the areas to model are normally the fol-
lowing for a tanker:
• longitudinals in double bottom and adjoining vertical
bulkhead members,
• deck longitudinals and adjoining vertical bulkhead mem-
bers,
• double side longitudinals and adjoining horizontal bulk-
head members,
• hatch corner openings, and
• corrugations and supporting structure.
The magnitude of the stiffener bending stress included
in the stress results depends on the mesh division and the
element type that is used. Figure 18.60 shows that the stiff-
ener bending stress, using FEM, is dependent on the mesh
size for 4-node shell elements. One element between ﬂoors
results in zero stiffener bending. Two elements between
ﬂoors result in a linear distribution with approximately zero
bending in the middle of the elements.
Stress concentration models are used for fatigue analy-
ses of details were the geometrical stress concentration is
unknown. A typical detail is presented Figure 18.61.
Local FE analyses may be used for calculation of local
geometric stresses at the hot spots and for determination of
associated K-factors to be used in subsequent fatigue analy-
ses (equation 63). The aim of the FE analysis is normally
not to calculate directly the notch stress at a detail, but to
calculate the geometric stress distribution in the region of
the hot spot. These stresses can then be used either directly
in the fatigue assessment of given details or as a basis for
derivation of stress concentration factors. FE stress con-
centration models are generally very sensitive to element
type and mesh size.
Several FEA benchmarks of such structural details were
performed by ISSC technical committees (68,103). They as-
sess the uncertainties of different FE packages associated
with coarse and ﬁne mesh models. Variation is usually
around 10% but is sometime much larger.
This implies that element sizes in the order of the plate
thickness are to be used for the modeling. If solid model-
ing is used, the element size in way of the hot spot may
have to be reduced to half the plate thickness in case the
overall geometry of the weld is included in the model rep-
resentation.
18.7.2.2. Uncertainties related to FEA
An important issue in structural analysis is the veriﬁcation
of the analysis. The FEM is basically reliable but many
sources of errors can appear, mainly induced by inappro-
priate modeling and wrong data. For this reason, different
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Figure 18.61 Stress Concentration Model of Hopper Tank Knuckle (4)
Figure 18.60 Stiffener Bending Stress with FEM (from left to right: using 1, 2
or 8 elements), (4)
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levels of veriﬁcation of the analysis should be performed
in order to ensure trustworthiness of the analysis results. Ver-
iﬁcation must be achieved at the following steps:
• basic input,
• assumptions and simpliﬁcations made in modeling/
analysis,
• models,
• loads and load transfer,
• analysis,
• results, and
• strength calculations.
One important step in the veriﬁcation is the understanding
of the physics and check of deformations and stress ﬂow
against expected patterns/levels. However, all levels of ver-
iﬁcation are important in order to verify the results.
Veriﬁcations of structural models: Assumptions and sim-
pliﬁcations will have to be made for most structural mod-
els. These should be listed such that an evaluation of their
inﬂuence on the results can be made.
The boundary conditions for the global structural model
should reﬂect simple supporting to avoid built in stresses. The
ﬁxation points should be located away from areas where
stresses are of interest. Fixation points are often applied in the
centerline close to the aft and the forward ends of the vessel.
Veriﬁcation of loads: Inaccuracy in the load transfer from
the hydrodynamic analysis to the structural model is among
the main error sources in this type of analysis. The load
transfer can be checked on basis of the structural response
or on basis on the load transfer itself.
Veriﬁcation of response: The response should be veri-
ﬁed at several levels to ensure correctness of the analysis:
• global displacement patterns/magnitude,
• local displacement patterns/magnitude,
• global sectional forces,
• stress levels and distribution,
• sub-model boundary displacement/forces, and
• reaction forces and moments.
18.7.2.3 FEM background
Today the ﬁnite element method is studied worldwide in uni-
versities, in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, naval
architecture, etc. Hundreds of papers are published yearly.
Many commercial packages are available including pre and
post processors and many books are published each year on
the subject. Classiﬁcation Societies also present technical
reports and guidelines associated with their own direct
analysis package (Table 18.VIII).
It is not the purpose of this chapter to present the FE the-
ory and a state of art. This topic is reviewed periodically by
ISSC. For instance, Sumi et al (68) presents ﬁnite element
guidelines and a comprehensive review of the available soft-
ware. Mesh modeling is discussed in ISSC’2000 by Por-
cari et al (103). Hughes (3) proposes in Chapter VI and VII
of his book published by SNAME an easy way to learn
FEM that does not require knowledge of variational calcu-
lus or of FEM. The Ship Structure Committee Reports (SSC
387 and 399) contains also Guideline for FEM (43,104).
18.7.3 Other Numerical Approaches
As an alternative to FEA, two other approaches are pre-
sented, namely: the idealized Structural Unit Method (ISUM)
and the Boundary Element Method (BEM). Both are gen-
eral purpose oriented. Many others exist but they are usu-
ally dedicated to a special purpose. For instance, at the
preliminary design stage, the LBR-5 package founded on the
analytical solution of the governing differential equations of
stiffened plates is a convenient alternative to standard FEA.
Such an approach (30,105) allows structural design opti-
mization to be performed at the earliest design stage but does
not have the capability to perform detailed analysis includ-
ing stress concentration and non-linear analysis.
18.7.3.1 Idealized structural unit method (ISUM)
When subjected to extreme or accidental loading, ship struc-
tures can be involved in highly non-linear response associ-
ated with yielding, buckling, crushing and sometimes
rupture of individual structural components. Quite accurate
solutions of the non-linear structural response can be ob-
tained by application of the conventional FEM. However,
a weak feature of the conventional FEM is that it requires
enormous modeling effort and computing time for non-lin-
ear analysis of large sized structures. Therefore, most ef-
forts in the development of new non-linear ﬁnite element
methods have focused on reducing modeling and comput-
ing times.
The most obvious way to reduce modeling effort and
computing time is to reduce the number of degrees of free-
dom so that the number of unknowns in the ﬁnite element
stiffness equation decreases. Modeling the object structure
with very large sized structural units is perhaps the best way
to do that. Properly formulated structural units or super el-
ements in such an approach can then be used to efﬁciently
model the actual non-linear behavior of large structural
units. The idealized structural unit method (ISUM), which
is a type of simpliﬁed non-linear FEM, is one of such meth-
ods (106). Since ship structures are composed of several
different types of structural members such as beams,
columns, rectangular plates and stiffened panels, it is nec-
essary in the ISUM approach to develop various ISUM units
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for each type of structural member in advance. The non-lin-
ear behavior of each type of structural member is idealized
and expressed in the form of a set of failure functions deﬁn-
ing the necessary conditions for different failures which
may take place in the corresponding ISUM unit, and sets
of stiffness matrices representing the non-linear relationship
between the nodal force vector and the nodal displacement
vector until the limit state is reached. The ISUM super el-
ements so developed are typically used within the frame-
work of a non-linear matrix displacement procedure
applying the incremental method.
Figure 18.62 shows a cantilevers box girder and Figures
18.63 and 18.64 show typical FEM and ISUM models for
the non-linear analysis. For a recent state-of-the-art review
on ISUM theory and applications to ship structures, the
reader is referred to Paik and Hughes (107).
With the existing standard ISUM elements, the main dif-
ﬁculty is that computation of the post-collapse behavior in
the structural elements beyond their ultimate strength as
well as the ﬂexural-torsional collapse behavior of stiffen-
ers is not very successful.
In fact, ISUM elements accommodating post-collapse
behavior have previously been already developed but im-
provements are under development to better accommodate
such behavior (107, 108).
Usage of ISUM is limited to some speciﬁc problems and
is not a general-purpose methodology. In contrast to FEM,
for instance, it is necessary to formulate/develop ISUM el-
ements speciﬁcally; by including buckling and collapse be-
havior for ultimate strength analysis or by including tearing
and crushing for collision strength analysis. The former type
element cannot be used for the purpose of latter type analy-
sis and vice versa. ISUM is also not adequate for linear
stress analysis.
ISUM is very ﬂexible, new closed form expressions of
the ultimate strength can be directly utilized by replacing
in the existing ISUM element the previous ultimate strength
formulations with the new ones.
18.7.3.2 Boundary Element Method (BEM)
In contrast to FEM, the boundary element method (BEM)
is a type of semi-numerical method involving integral equa-
tions along the boundary of the integral domain (or vol-
ume). To solve a problem that involves the boundary integral
equations, BEM typically uses an appropriate numerical in-
tegration technique so that the problem is discretized by di-
viding only the boundary of the integral domain into a
number of segments or boundary elements, while the con-
ventional FEM uses a mesh (ﬁnite elements) over the en-
tire domain (or volume), that is, inside as well as its
boundary. For a speciﬁc problem with a relatively simple
boundary domain, linear or ﬂat boundary elements may be
employed so that analytical solutions for the integral equa-
tions can be adopted, while higher degree boundary ele-
ments must be used for modeling an integral domain with
more complex characteristics with the integration gener-
ally needing to be carried out numerically. Figure 18.65
shows typical FEM and BEM models for analysis of a pres-
sure vessel (109).
Since the publication of an early book on BEM, many
engineering applications using BEM have been achieved.
More recent developments of BEM together with the basic
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Figure 18.63 A Typical FEM Model for NonLinear Analysis of the Cantilever
Box Girder
Figure 18.64 A Typical ISUM Model for Nonlinear Analysis of the
Cantilever Box Girder
Figure 18.62 Cantilever Box Girder
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idea may be found in Brebbia and Dominguez (109). While
there are some problem areas to overcome in use of BEM
for non-linear analysis, it has been recognized that BEM is
a powerful alternative to FEM particularly for problems in-
volving stress concentration or fracture mechanics, and for
cases in which the integral domain extends to inﬁnity. For
example, to design the cathodic corrosion protection sys-
tems for ships, offshore structures and pipelines, it has been
suggested that BEM should be employed, with the region
of interest extending to inﬁnity. BEM can also be applied
to problems other than stress or temperature analysis, in-
cluding ﬂuid ﬂow and diffusion (for example, for ﬂuid-
structure interaction, Subsection 18.6.8.2).
Main advantages of BEM are due that very complex ex-
pressions of integral equations can be adopted, resulting in
higher accuracy of the results.
In this regard, BEM can be involved in the usage of more
reﬁned mathematical treatment than FEM. However, to cal-
culate the integral equations using BEM, appropriate nu-
merical techniques should be used, otherwise the integration
results may not be accurate. For most linear problems, lin-
ear or ﬂat boundary elements along the boundary of the in-
tegral domain can be used so that we don’t have to carry
out numerical integration. If analytical solutions are avail-
able the required computing times will be very small and
the accuracy high. Nevertheless as the required computa-
tional times with the BEM is in general signiﬁcant, BEM
may be more appropriate for linear analysis of solids and
for ﬂuid mechanics problems.
18.7.4 Presentation of the Stress Result
After performing an analysis, the presentation of the stress
and deformation is very important. It should be based on
stresses acting at the middle of element thickness, exclud-
ing plate-bending stress, in the form of ISO-stress contours
in general. Numerical values should also be presented for
highly stressed areas or locations where openings are not
included in the model.
The following results should be presented for parts of
the vessel covered by the global model, such as, cargo hold
model and frame and girder models:
• deformed shape for each loading condition,
• In-plane maximum normal stresses (σ
x
and σ
y
) in the
global axis system, shear stresses (_) and equivalent von
Mises stress (σ
e
) of the following elements:
— bottom,
— inner bottom,
— deck,
— side shell,
— inner side including hopper tank top,
— longitudinal and transverse bulkheads, and
— longitudinal and transverse girders.
• Axial stress of free ﬂanges,
• Deformations of supporting brackets for main frames
including longitudinals connected to these when appli-
cable,
• Deformation of supports for longitudinals subject to
large relative deformation when applicable.
For parts of the vessel covered by the local model, the
following stresses are to be presented:
• Equivalent stress of plate/membrane elements,
• Axial stress of truss elements,
• Axial forces, bending moments and shear forces for beam
elements.
18.7.5 Relevant Structural Analysis Methods for
Speciﬁc Design Stages
Shipbuilding design ofﬁces face very challenging situations
(especially for passenger and other complex ships). The
products are one-of-a-kind or at least on short series and
the resulting ships are designed and built within two years
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Figure 18.65 A Typical FEM/BEM Model for Analysis of the
Pressure Vessel (109). (a) Typical BEM model, and (b) Typical FEM model.
(b)
Author:
Please
advise
what
symbold
is
needed.
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for 20 to 30 years of operation. Another impact on design
activities that is also challenging is that the design overlaps
the production. To clarify the actual situation, a common
view of the design workﬂow for a commercial ship in the
shipyard is shown in Table 18.VII.
18.7.5.1 Basic design
The Basic Design is the design activities performed before
order. This phase does not overlap with the production but
is very short and will become the technical basis for the
contract. The shipyard must be sure that no technical prob-
lem will appear later on, to avoid extra costs not included
in the contract. The structural analysis carried out in this
phase must be as fast as possible because the allocated time
is short. The most time consuming task for analysis is the
data input. The more detailed are the data more accurate the
results. There are three kinds of early analysis:
1. First principles methods: Very simpliﬁed geometric rep-
resentation of the structure. These methods are dedicated
to an assessment of the global behavior of the ship. They
mainly use empirical or semi-empirical formulas.
2. Two-dimensional (or almost 2D) geometry-based meth-
ods: These methods are based on one or more 2D views
of the ship sections. The expected results may be:
• Veriﬁcation of main section scantlings,
• Global strength assessment,
• Global vibration levels prediction,
• Ultimate strength determination, and
• Early assessment of fatigue
Two main approaches exist:
— The main section of the ship is modeled a 2D way
(including geometry and scantlings) then global, and
possibly local, loadings are applied (bending mo-
ments, pressures, etc.). All major Classiﬁcation So-
cieties provide today the designer with such tools
(Table 18.VIII).
— Various signiﬁcant sections are described as beam
cross section properties (areas, inertias, etc.) and then
the ship is represented by a beam with variable prop-
erties on which global loading is applied.
3. Simple three-dimensional models: These models are use-
ful when a more detailed response is needed. The idea
is to include main surfaces and actual scantlings (or from
the main section when not available) in a 3D model that
can be achieved in one or two weeks. This approach is
mainly dedicated to novel ship designs for which the
feedback is rather small.
18.7.5.2 Production design
The most popular method for structural analysis at the pro-
duction design stage remains the Finite Elements Analysis
(FEA). This method is commonly used by Shipyards, Classi-
ﬁcation Societies, Research Institutes and Universities. It is
very versatile and may be applied to various types of analysis:
• global and local strength,
• global and local vibration analysis (natural frequencies
with or without external water, forced response to the
propeller excitation, etc.),
• ultimate strength, and
• detailed stress for local fatigue assessment,
• fatigue life cycle assessment,
• analysis of various non-linearities (material, geometry,
contact, etc.), and
• collision and grounding studies.
The two main approaches for solving the physical prob-
lem are:
1. implicit method is used to solve large problems (both lin-
ear and non linear) with a matrix-based method. This is
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TABLE 18.VII Timing of a Design Project
Basic Design
Concept Design 1 or 2 days
Preliminary Design About 1 week
Contract Design Months
Receive Order
Production Design
Complete Functional Design 1 or 2 months
Production Design 6–10 months
TABLE 18.VIII Classiﬁcation Society Tools Overview (110)
Classiﬁcation Society Product
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) ABS Safe Hull
Bureau Veritas (BV) VeriSTAR
Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Electronic Rulebook &
Nauticus HULL
Germanisher Lloyd (GL) GL-Rules & POSEIDON
Korean Register of shipping (KRS) KR-RULES, KR-TRAS
Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LR) Ruleﬁnder, ShipRight
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK) PrimeShip BOSUN
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the favored method for solving global and local linear
strength and vibration problems. But it can also be ap-
plied to non linear calculations when the time step re-
mains rather large (about 1/10 to 1 second), and
2. explicit method is mainly used for fast dynamics (as col-
lision and grounding or explosion) where time step is
quite smaller. This method allows using different for-
mulations for structural elements (Lagrangian) and ﬂuid
elements (Eulerian).
One interesting result from research that is being intro-
duced today is the reliability approach (see Chapter 19).
This approach introduces uncertainties within the model
(non planar plates, residual stresses from welding, dis-
crepancies in the thickness…) to provide the designer with
a level of reliability for a given result instead of a deter-
ministic value.
For FEA models, the modeling time is usually assumed
to be 70% of the overall calculation time and results ex-
ploitation 30%. The computation itself is regarded as neg-
ligible (excepted for explicit analysis). So the main efforts
today are focused on reducing the modeling time.
18.7.6 Optimization
Optimization is a ﬁeld in which much research has been car-
ried out over a long time. It is included today in many soft-
ware tools and many designers are using it. The aim of
optimization is to give the designers the opportunity to
change design variables (such as thickness, number and
cross section of stiffeners, shape or topology) to design a
better structure for a given objective (lower weight or cost).
Optimization can be performed both at basic and pro-
duction design stages:
• Basic Design: Even with simpliﬁed models, the designer
can optimize the scantlings. It can be used for instance
to ﬁnd out the minimal scantlings for a novel ship for
which the yard have a lack of feedback,
• Production Design: Optimization can be used for three
main purposes:
— Scantlings optimization, which gives the user the
minimum scantlings for a given structure. The num-
ber of longitudinals and the frame spacing for a given
cargo hold/tank can also be optimized (105).
— Shape optimization (111), which uses a given topol-
ogy and scantlings to provide the user the minimum,
required area of material (reducing holes in a plate
for instance), and to improve the hull shape consid-
ering the ﬂuid-structure interaction.
— Topology optimization (112) which uses a given
scantlings and allows the user to ﬁnd out where to
put material. An academic example of topology op-
timization is given on Figure 18.66.
Weight is the most usual objective function for structure
optimization. Minimizing weight is of particular impor-
tance in deadweight carriers, in ships required to have a
limited draft, and in fast ﬁne lined ships, for example, pas-
senger vessels. However, it is well know that the lowest
weight solution is not usually the lowest acquisition cost.
Today, cost is becoming the usual objective function for op-
timization (124).
For the other ship types it is still desirable to minimize
steel weight to reduce material cost but only when this can
be done without increasing labor costs to an extent that ex-
ceeds the saving in material costs. On the other hand, a re-
duction in structural labor cost achieved by simplifying
construction methods may still be worthwhile even if this
is obtained at the expense of increasing the steel weight.
Rigo (105) presents extensive review of ship structure
optimization focusing on scantling optimization. Vander-
plaats (113), and Sen and Yang (114) are standard reference
books about optimization techniques. Catley et al (115),
Hughes (3) and Chapter 11 of this book also contain valu-
able information on structure optimization.
18.7.6.1 Scantling optimization procedure
A standard optimization problem is deﬁned as follows:
• X
i
(i = 1, N), the N design variables,
• F(X
i
), the objective function to minimize,
• Cj(X
i
) ≤ CM
j
(j = 1, M), the M structural and geomet-
rical constraints,
• X
i min
≤ X
i
≤ X
i max
upper and lower bounds of the X
i
de-
sign variables: technological bounds (also called side
constraints).
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Constraints are linear or nonlinear functions, either ex-
plicit or implicit of the design variables (XI). These con-
straints are analytical translations of the limitations that the
user wants to impose on the design variables themselves or
to parameters like displacement, stress, ultimate strength,
etc. Note that these parameters must be functions of the de-
sign variables.
So it is possible to distinguish:
Technological constraints (or side constraints) that provide
the upper and lower bounds of the design variables. For ex-
ample:
X
i min
= 4mm ≤ X
i
≤ X
i max
= 40 mm,
with:
X
i min
= a thickness limit dues to corrosion,
X
i max
= a technological limit of manufacturing or assembly.
Geometrical constraints that impose relationships between
design variables in order to guarantee a functional, feasi-
ble, reliable structure. They are generally based on good
practice rules to avoid local strength failures (web or ﬂange
buckling, stiffener tripping, etc.), or to guarantee welding
quality and easy access to the welds. For instance, welding
a plate of 30 mm thick with one that is 5 mm thick is not
recommended. Hence, the constraints can be 0.5 ≤ X2 / X1
≤ 2 with X1, the web thickness of a stiffener and X2, the
ﬂange thickness.
Structural constraints represent limit states in order to avoid
yielding, buckling, cracks, etc. and to limit deﬂection, stress,
etc. These constraints are based on solid-mechanics phe-
nomena and modeled with rational equations. Rational equa-
tions mean a coherent and homogeneous group of analysis
methods based on physics, solid mechanics, strength and
stability treatises, etc. and that differ from empirical and
parametric formulations. Such standard rational structural
constraints can limit:
• the deﬂection level (absolute or relative) in a point of the
structure,
• the stress level in an element: σ
x
, σ
y,
and σ
c
= σ
von Mises
,
• the safety level related to buckling, ultimate resistance,
tripping, etc. For example: σ /σ
ult
≤ 0.5.
For each constraint, or solid-mechanics phenomenon,
the selected behavior model is especially important since
this model ﬁxes the quality of the constraint modeling. These
behavior models can be so complex that it is no longer pos-
sible to explicitly express the relation between the param-
eters being studied (stress, displacement, etc.) and the design
variables (XI). This happens when one uses mathematical
models (FEM, ISUM, BEM, etc.). In this case, one gener-
ally uses a numeric procedure that consists of replacing the
implicit function by an explicit approximated function ad-
justed in the vicinity of the initial values of the design vari-
ables (for instance using the ﬁrst or second order Taylor
series expansions). This way, the optimization process be-
comes an iterative analysis based on a succession of local
approximations of the behavior models.
At least one constraint should be deﬁned for each fail-
ure mode and limit state considered in the Subsection 18.6.1.
When going from the local to the general (Figure 18.38),
there are three types of constraints: 1) constraints on stiff-
ened panels and its components, 2) constraints on trans-
verse frames and transversal stiffening, and 3) constraints
on the global structure.
Constraints on stiffened panels (Figure 18.22): Panels
are limited by their lateral edges (junctions with other pan-
els, AA’ and BB’) either by transverse bulkheads or trans-
verse frames. These panels are orthotropic plates and shells
supported on their four sides, laterally loaded (bending) and
submitted, at their extremities, to in-plane loads (compres-
sion/tensile and shearing).
Global buckling of panels (including the local transverse
frames) must also be considered. Panel supports, in partic-
ular those corresponding to the reinforced frames, are as-
sumed inﬁnitely rigid. This means that they can distort
themselves signiﬁcantly only after the stiffened panel col-
lapse.
Constraints on the transverse frames (Figure 18.23): The
frames take the lateral loads (pressure, dead weight, etc.)
and are therefore submitted to combined loads (large bend-
ing and compression). The rigidity of these frames must be
assured in order to respect the hypotheses on panel bound-
ary conditions (undeformable supports).
Constraints on the global structure (box girder/hull
girder) (Figure 18.46): The ultimate strength of the global
structure or a section (block) located between two rigid
frames (or bulkheads) must be considered as well as the
elastic bending moment of the hull girder (against yielding).
18.8 DESIGN CRITERIA
In ship design, the structural analysis phase is concerned
with the prediction of the magnitude of the stresses and de-
ﬂections that are developed in the structural members as a
result of the action of the sea and other external and inter-
nal causes. Many of the failure mechanisms, particularly
those that determine the ultimate strength and collapse of
the structure, involve non-linear material and structural be-
havior that are beyond the range of applicability of the lin-
ear structural analysis procedures in Section 18.4, which are
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commonly used in design practice. Most of the available
methods of non-linear structural analysis are brieﬂy intro-
duced in Sections 18.6 and 18.7. Sometimes, these meth-
ods are limited in their applicability to a narrow class of
problems.
One of the difﬁculties facing the structural designer is that
linear analysis tools must often be used in predicting the be-
havior of a structure in which the ultimate capability is gov-
erned by non-linear phenomena. This is one of the important
sources of uncertainty related to strength assessment.
After performing an analysis, the adequacy or inade-
quacy of the member and/or the entire ship structure must
then be judged through comparison with some kind of cri-
terion of performance (Design Criteria). The conventional
criteria that are commonly used today in ship structural de-
sign are usually stated in terms of acceptable levels of stress
in comparison to the yield or ultimate strength of the ma-
terial, or as acceptable stress levels compared to the criti-
cal buckling strength and ultimate strength of the structural
member. Such criteria are, therefore, intended speciﬁcally
for the prevention of yielding (hull girder, frames, longitu-
dinals, etc), plate and stiffened plate buckling, plate and
stiffened plate ultimate strength, ultimate strength of hull
girder, fatigue, collision, grounding, vibration and many
other failure modes speciﬁc to particular vessel types. In-
formation related to the design criteria is given in Section
18.6 for each speciﬁc failure mode (see also Beghin et al
(116)).
18.8.1 Structural Reliability as a Design Basis
Three categories of design methodology are basically avail-
able. They are usually classiﬁed as:
1. deterministic method,
2. semiprobabilistic method, and
3. full probabilistic method.
The deterministic method uses a global safety factor. It
assumes that loads and strength are fully determined. This
means that no aspect of randomness is considered. Every-
thing is assumed to be deterministic. The global safety fac-
tor is compared to the ratio between the actual strength and
the required strength.
The full probabilistic method is an ideal approach as-
suming that all the randomness can be exactly considered
within a global probabilistic approach. All the actual devel-
opment in structural reliability and reliability analysis show
the huge effort actually done to reach that aims. Chapter 19
presents in detail the reliability concept with examples of the
reliability-based strength analysis of plates, stiffened pan-
els, hull girder and fatigue. See also Mansour et al (42).
The semiprobabilistic method corresponds to the cur-
rent practice used by codes and the major classiﬁcations so-
cieties. Load, strength, dimensions are random parameters
but their distribution is basically not known. To overcome
this, partial safety factor are used. Each safety factor cor-
responds to a load type, failure mode, etc. This is an inter-
mediate step between the deterministic and the full
probabilistic methods.
18.9 DESIGN PROCEDURE
It does not seem possible to unify all of the design proce-
dures (117-122). They differ from country to country, from
shipyard to shipyard and differ between naval ships, com-
mercial ships and advanced high-speed catamaran passen-
ger vessels. So, as an example of one feasible methodology,
the design procedure for commercial vessel such as tanker,
container, and VLCC is selected. It corresponds to the ac-
tual current shipyard procedure.
This structural design procedure can be deﬁned as fol-
lows:
• receive general arrangement from the basic design group,
• deﬁne structural arrangement based on the general
arrangement,
• determine initial scantling of structural members within
design criteria (rule-based).,
• check longitudinal and transverse strength,
• change the structural arrangement or scantling, and
• transfer the structural arrangement and scantling to the
production design group.
The structural design can also be classiﬁed according to
available design tool:
• use data of existing ship or past experience—expert sys-
tem, (1st level)
• use of a structural analysis software like FEM (2nd level)
• use optimization software (3rd level)
The adequacy of the relevant analysis method to use for
a speciﬁc design stage is discussed in Subsection 18.7.5.
Here the discussion concerns the procedure from a design
point of view and not from the analysis point of view.
18.9.1 Initial Scantling
At the basic design stage, principal dimensions, hull form,
double bottom height, location of longitudinal bulkheads and
transverse bulkheads, maximum still-water bending mo-
ment, etc. have already been determined to meet the owner’s
requirements such as deadweight and ship’s speed. Such a
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parametric design procedure presented in Chapter 11 is rel-
evant for this stage.
For the structural design stage, the structural arrangement
is carried out to deﬁne the material property, plate breadth,
stiffener spacing, stiffener type, slot type, shape of open-
ings, and frame spacing. The initial scantling of longitudi-
nal members such as plate thickness and section area of
stiffener can be determined by applying the classiﬁcation
rules which give minimum required value to meet the bend-
ing, shear and buckling strength. As there are usually no suit-
able rules for the transverse members, the initial scantling
of transverse members such as height and thickness of web,
breadth and thickness of ﬂange are determined by reference
to similar ships or using empirical shipyard database.
18.9.2 Strength Assessment
The purpose of the strength assessment is to validate the ini-
tial design, that is, to evaluate quantitatively the strength ca-
pability of the initial design. This problem was extensively
presented in previous Sections 18.4, 18.5 and 18.6.
In general, the longitudinal members are subjected to
several kinds of stresses in the sea-going condition: pri-
mary, secondary and tertiary stresses (Subsection 18.4.1).
As all these stresses act simultaneously, the superposition
of these stresses should not exceed the allowable equiva-
lent stress given by the classiﬁcation rules (equations 45
and 46).
There are two kinds of strength to design the longitudi-
nal members. One is the local strength to avoid collapse,
and the other is the longitudinal strength to consider the
collapse of the ships’ hull girder. The local strength is au-
tomatically satisﬁed if the design is based on the classiﬁ-
cation rules. The hull girder longitudinal strength can be
assessed with the hull section modulus (SM) at bottom and
deck where the extreme stresses are taken place (equation
29). The hull section modulus is calculated easily by using
available software.
If the hull section modulus at bottom or deck part is big-
ger than the required value, this design can be considered
as ﬁnished but this design might be too expensive. If the
section modulus at the deck or at the bottom is less than the
required value, the designer should change the initial scant-
lings.
If the calculated hull section modulus at deck part is less
than required, he can increase, step by step, the deck scant-
ling (for example, 0.5 mm for the plate thickness) until the
requirement is satisﬁed.
The designer also has to modify the scantling (usually
plate thickness) of transverse members, for which the stress
exceeds the allowable value. The designer estimates the in-
creased thickness according to the difference between the
actual stress and allowable stress. If the difference is small,
it is not necessary to perform a new strength assessment
and the design may be completed with only small changes.
If the difference is large, the design should be drastically
changed and it will be necessary to analyze the structure
again (see previous step in this Subsection).
Then, the designer has to check the transverse strength
by comparing the actual stresses in the transverse frames
with the allowable stresses given by the classiﬁcation rules.
The actual stresses such as equivalent stress and shear stress
can be obtained using commercial FEA packages. If the
stress in some of elements exceeds the allowable stress, the
designer should increase the initial scantling. These changes
are performed at the third step Structural Design using the
results of the Strength Assessment and by comparison with
the design criteria.
18.9.3 Structural Design
If all of local scantlings are determined by the rule mini-
mum values, and if the longitudinal strength satisﬁes the rule
strength requirement, the design is completed. But, even if
this design is strong enough, it might be too heavy and/or
too expensive and it should be reﬁned. In practice, reﬁning
an already feasible design is a difﬁcult task and requires ex-
perience. The designer can change the structural arrange-
ment, especially the dimensions such as frame spacing, and
material properties to better ﬁt with the longitudinal strength
requirements. This work has to be done in agreement with
the basic design team.
Instead of the trial and error procedure discussed above,
an automatic optimization technique can be used to obtain
the minimum weight and/or cost for the longitudinal and
transverse structural member. The object function(s) can be
structural weight and/or fabrication cost, using either a sin-
gle object function approach or a multiple objective func-
tion method. The design variables can be longitudinal and
transverse spacing, deck/bottom scantlings for the longitu-
dinal and transverse members (web height and thickness,
ﬂange width and thickness). The constraints and limitations
of the optimization process can be the range of each design
variable as well as the required hull section modulus and
minimum deck/bottom scantlings for the longitudinal mem-
bers, and allowable bending and shear stresses for the trans-
verse members (see Optimization in Subsection 18.7.6).
18.9.4 A Generic Design Framework
By comparison with the previous standard procedure, Fig-
ure 18.67 shows a new generic and advanced design method-
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ology where the performance of the system, the manufac-
turing process of the system and the associated life cycle
costs are considered in an integrated fashion (120). De-
signing ship structures systems involves achieving simul-
taneous, though sometimes competing, objectives. The
structure must perform its function while conforming to
structural, economic and production constraints. The pres-
ent design framework consists of establishing the structural
system and composite subsystems, which optimally satisfy
the topology, shape, loading and performance constraints
while simultaneously considering the manufacturing or fab-
rication processes in a cost effective manner.
The framework is used within a computerized virtual
environment in which CAD product models, physics-based
models, production process models and cost models are
used simultaneously by a designer or design team. The per-
formance of the product or process is in general judged by
some time independent parameter, which is referred to as
a response metric (R). Speciﬁcations for the system must
be established in terms of these Response Metrics. The for-
mulation of the design problem is thus the same whether
the product or process systems (or both) are considered.
The general framework consists of a system deﬁnition
module, a simulation module and a design module.
The system deﬁnition module [Y(U,V,W)] is used to
build an environmental model [U], a product model [V] and
a process model [W]. The system deﬁnition module receives
operational requirements [Z] such as owner’s requirements.
These operational parameters are presumed ﬁxed through-
out the design.
They of course can eventually be changed if no accept-
able design is established, but presumably any design would
have operational parameters, which would not be sacriﬁced.
The environmental model [U] includes the still water and
wave loading conditions and the product model [V] con-
tains the production information, for example. The process
model [W] is built to consider or deﬁne the fabrication se-
quence. A translator (simulation based design translator)
assigns some [Y] model parameters to the simulation pa-
rameters [T] and design variables [X].
These parameters are selected based on the available
simulation tools [S] that require speciﬁc data ([T],[X] and
time).
The simulation module [S(T, X, time)] is used to pro-
duce simulation responses such as Response Metrics [R[S(T,
X)]]. The time is needed to consider the dynamic effects and
actual dynamic load conditions [U].
The optimum design module includes the Design Cri-
teria, the Design Assessment and the Optimization compo-
nents. The design criteria module provides constraints [G(T,
X, Y, Z)] and objective functions [F(R, T, X, Y, Z)]. These
are used to assess the design through the Design Assess-
ment component of the module (for example R≤G). The
constraints are obtained by considering not only the simu-
lation parameters [T] and the design variables [X] but also
the operational requirements [Z] and the system deﬁnition
parameter [Y]. Also, the objective function [F] is calculated
using the response metrics [R], the operational requirements
[Z], the system deﬁnition parameter [Y] as well as the de-
sign variables [X] and simulation parameters [T].
Based on the results of the Design Assessment (Min(F)
and R≤G) several strategies for the design procedure (iter-
ations) can be followed:
• if the object function does not reach its minimum value
or the response metrics do not satisfy the constraints, an
optimization algorithm (steepest descent, dual approach
and convex linearization, evolutionary strategies, etc.) is
adopted to ﬁnd a new set of design variables. Standard
algorithms are presented in (113,114,123):
— if the optimizer fails to ﬁnd an improved solution (un-
feasible design space), it is required to change the
simulation parameter values [T] and/or design vari-
ables selection [X] or even to modify the Model Pa-
rameters [Y].
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Figure 18.67 A Generic Design Framework (120)
Operational Requirements
ParametersZ
System Definition
Model Parameters Y
Environmental Model Product Model Process Model
Parameters U
Parameters V Parameters W
Simulation Based Design Translator
Simulation Parameters T
Design Variables X
Simulations
Simulation Response S(T ,X,time)
Design Criteria
Constraints G(T,X,Y,Z)
Objective Function F(R,T,X,Y,Z)
Response Metrics R [S(T ,X)]
Design Assessment
Min (F) ?
R < G ?
Conditions Satisfied ?
Is Design Space
Feasible?
Redesign?
Stop
Optimization
Steepest Descent
Convex Linearization
Yes
Yes
No Yes
No
No
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— otherwise, the design space is feasible, and a change
of design variable values [X] is performed based on
the optimizer solution (in other words a new itera-
tion).
• if the object function reaches its minimum value and the
response metrics satisfy the constraints, two alternatives
are examined:
— change the operational requirements parameters [Z],
repeat the previous procedure and to compare with
other alternative designs, or
— end the design procedure.
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Analysis refers to stress and strength assessment of the structure. Analysis requires information on loads and needs an initial structural scantling design. Output of the structural analysis is the structural response deﬁned in terms of stresses, deﬂections and strength. Then, the estimated response is compared to the design criteria. Results of this comparison as well as the objective functions (weight, cost, etc.) will show if updated (improved) scantlings are required. Design for structure refers to the process followed to select the initial structural scantlings and to update these scantlings from the early design stage (bidding) to the detailed design stage (construction). To perform analysis, initial design is needed and analysis is required to design. This explains why design and analysis are intimately linked, but are absolutely different. Of course design also relates to topology and layout deﬁnition. The organization and framework of this chapter are based on the previous edition of the Ship Design and Construction (1) and on the Chapter IV of Principles of Naval Architecture (2). Standard materials such as beam model, twisting, shear lag, etc. that are still valid in 2002 are partly duplicated from these 2 books. Other major references used to write this chapter are Ship Structural Design (3) also published by SNAME and the DNV 99-0394 Technical Report (4). The present chapter is intimately linked with Chapter 11 – Parametric Design, Chapter 17 – Structural Arrangement and Component Design and with Chapter 19 – Reliability-Based Structural Design. References to these chapters will be made in order to avoid duplications. In addition, as Chapter 8 deals with classiﬁcation societies, the present chapter will focus mainly on the direct analysis methods available to perform a rationally based structural design, even if mention is made to standard formulations from Rules to quantify design loads. In the following sections of this chapter, steps of a global analysis are presented. Section 18.3 concerns the loads that are necessary to perform a structure analysis. Then, Sections 18.4, 18.5 and 18.6 concern, respectively, the stresses and deﬂections (basic ship responses), the limit states, and the failures modes and associated structural capacity. A review of the available Numerical Analysis for Structural Design is performed in Section 18.7. Finally Design Criteria (Section 18.8) and Design Procedures (Section 18.9) are discussed. Structural modeling is discussed in Subsection 18.2.2 and more extensively in Subsection 18.7.2 for ﬁnite element analysis. Optimization is treated in Subsections 18.7.6 and 18.9.4. Ship structural design is a challenging activity. Hence Hughes (3) states:
The complexities of modern ships and the demand for greater reliability, efﬁciency, and economy require a sci-

entiﬁc, powerful, and versatile method for their structural design

But, even with the development of numerical techniques, design still remains based on the designer’s experience and on previous designs. There are many designs that satisfy the strength criteria, but there is only one that is the optimum solution (least cost, weight, etc.). Ship structural analysis and design is a matter of compromises: • compromise between accuracy and the available time to perform the design. This is particularly challenging at the preliminary design stage. A 3D Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis would be welcome but the time is not available. For that reason, rule-based design or simpliﬁed numerical analysis has to be performed. • to limit uncertainty and reduce conservatism in design, it is important that the design methods are accurate. On the other hand, simplicity is necessary to make repeated design analyses efﬁcient. The results from complex analyses should be veriﬁed by simpliﬁed methods to avoid errors and misinterpretation of results (checks and balances). • compromise between weight and cost or compromise between least construction cost, and global owner live cycle cost (including operational cost, maintenance, etc.), and • builder optimum design may be different from the owner optimum design. 18.2.1 Rationally Based Structural Design versus Rules-Based Design There are basically two schools to perform analysis and design of ship structure. The ﬁrst one, the oldest, is called rule-based design. It is mainly based on the rules deﬁned by the classiﬁcation societies. Hughes (3) states:
In the past, ship structural design has been largely empirical, based on accumulated experience and ship performance, and expressed in the form of structural design codes or rules published by the various ship classiﬁcation societies. These rules concern the loads, the strength and the design criteria and provide simpliﬁed and easy-to-use formulas for the structural dimensions, or “scantlings” of a ship. This approach saves time in the design ofﬁce and, since the ship must obtain the approval of a classiﬁcation society, it also saves time in the approval process.

The second school is the Rationally Based Structural Design; it is based on direct analysis. Hughes, who could be considered as a father of this methodology, (3) further states:

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There are several disadvantages to a completely “rulebook” approach to design. First, the modes of structural failure are numerous, complex, and interdependent. With such simpliﬁed formulas the margin against failure remains unknown; thus one cannot distinguish between structural adequacy and over-adequacy. Second, and most important, these formulas involve a number of simplifying assumptions and can be used only within certain limits. Outside of this range they may be inaccurate. For these reasons there is a general trend toward direct structural analysis.

Even if direct calculation has always been performed, design based on direct analysis only became popular when numerical analysis methods became available and were certiﬁed. Direct analysis has become the standard procedure in aerospace, civil engineering and partly in offshore industries. In ship design, classiﬁcation societies preferred to offer updated rules resulting from numerical analysis calibration. For the designer, even if the rules were continuously changing, the design remained rule-based. There really were two different methodologies.

Design Load Direct Load Analysis
Study on Ocean Waves Stress Response in Waves Structural analysis by whole ship model Stress response function

Wave Load Response Response function of wave load

Effect on operation

Short term estimation

Design Sea State

Short term estimation

Long term estimation

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Nonlinear influence in large waves

Design wave

Wave impact load

Structural response analysis
Modeling technique Direct structural analysis Investigation on corrosion

Hopefully, in 2002 this is no longer true. The advantages of direct analysis are so obvious that classiﬁcation societies include, usually as an alternative, a direct analysis procedure (numerical packages based on the ﬁnite element method, see Table 18.VIII, Subsection 18.7.5.2). In addition, for new vessel types or non-standard dimension, such direct procedure is the only way to assess the structural safety. Therefore it seems that the two schools have started a long merging procedure. Classiﬁcation societies are now encouraging and contributing greatly to the development of direct analysis and rationally based methods. Ships are very complex structures compared with other types of structures. They are subject to a very wide range of loads in the harsh environment of the sea. Progress in technologies related to ship design and construction is being made daily, at an unprecedented pace. A notable example is the fact that the efforts of a majority of specialists together with rapid advances in computer and software technology have now made it possible to analyze complex ship structures in a practical manner using structural analysis techniques centering on FEM analysis. The majority of ship designers strive to develop rational and optimal designs based on direct strength analysis methods using the latest technologies in order to realize the shipowner’s requirements in the best possible way. When carrying out direct strength analysis in order to verify the equivalence of structural strength with rule requirements, it is necessary for the classiﬁcation society to clarify the strength that a hull structure should have with respect to each of the various steps taken in the analysis process, from load estimation through to strength evaluation. In addition, in order to make this a practical and effective method of analysis, it is necessary to give careful consideration to more rational and accurate methods of direct strength analysis. Based on recognition of this need, extensive research has been conducted and a careful examination made, regarding the strength evaluation of hull structures. The results of this work have been presented in papers and reports regarding direct strength evaluation of hull structures (4,5). The ﬂow chart given in Figure 18.1 gives an overview of the analysis as deﬁned by a major classiﬁcation society. Note that a rationally based design procedure requires that all design decisions (objectives, criteria, priorities, constraints…) must be made before the design starts. This is a major difﬁculty of this approach. 18.2.2 Modeling and Analysis General guidance on the modeling necessary for the structural analysis is that the structural model shall provide results suitable for performing buckling, yield, fatigue and

Strength Assessment
Yield strength Buckling strength Ultimate strength Fatigue strength

Figure 18.1 Direct Structural Analysis Flow Chart

and so in-service experience provides a sound basis for their design. general interpretation schemes. The detailed design determines the geometry and scantlings of local structure (brackets. and since they are more repetitive it is possible to obtain the beneﬁts of mass production. Preliminary design has the greatest inﬂuence on the structure design and hence is the phase that offers very large potential savings. The hydrodynamic load model must give a good representation of the wetted surface of the ship. All the relevant load conditions should be examined 18. Volume 1 Structural drawings. connections. In fact. Hydrodynamic/static loads Verification of model/ loads Structural model including necessary load definitions Verified structural model Verification of load transfer Structural analysis Verification of response Transfer of displacements/forces to sub-model? No Load transfer to structural model 18.6. Since the items being designed are much smaller it is possible to perform full-scale testing. mass description and loading conditions. which is part of the hydrodynamic load model. speciﬁc analyses are requested for fatigue (Subsection 18. cutouts. etc. standardization and so on.qxd Page 18-4 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-4 Ship Design & Construction. In addition. Also.6). reinforcements.3 Preliminary Design versus Detailed Design For a ship structure. production aspects are of primary importance in detail design. and scantlings of the principal structural members.2 Strength Analysis Flow Chart (4) vibration assessment of the relevant parts of the vessel. Several approaches may be applied such as a detailed 3D model of the entire ship or coarse meshed 3D model supported by ﬁner meshed sub models. must ensure a proper description of local and global moments of inertia around the global ship axes.6. to ensure that all dimensioning loads are correctly included. buckling and ultimate strength checks. detail design is an area where a rule-based approach is very appropriate. and the rules that are published by the various ship classiﬁcation societies contain a great deal of useful information on the design of local structure. supported by one or more levels of sub models. structural connections. This does not mean that detail design is less important than preliminary design. Ultimate hydrodynamic loads from the hydrodynamic analysis should be combined with static loads in order to form the basis for the yield. but the applications are different from preliminary design and the beneﬁts are likewise different. During the detailed design there also are many beneﬁts to be gained by applying modern methods of engineering science. In the following an attempt will be made to review the main typologies of loads: physical origins. both with respect to geometry description and with respect to hydrodynamic requirements. structural design consists of two distinct levels: the Preliminary Design and the Detailed Design about which Hughes (3) states: The preliminary determines the location.7) and vibration (Subsection 18. The mass model. in comparison to those of static structures and also of other vehicles.3 LOADS Loads acting on a ship structure are quite varied and peculiar. because of the large number of such items it would be inefﬁcient to attempt to design all of them from ﬁrst principles. collision and grounding (Subsection 18.2. safe and reliable ship. Each level is equally important for obtaining an efﬁcient. In other words. available quantiﬁcation proce- .6. Sub-models to be used in structural analysis Yes Figure 18. Strength analysis covers yield (allowable stress). Instead it is generally more efﬁcient to use design codes and standard designs that have been proven by experience.MASTER SET SDC 18.2. In fact. and other structural details.). buckling strength and ultimate strength checks of the ship.8). spacing. most of the structural items that come under detail design are similar from ship to ship. Coarse mesh can be used for determining stress results suited for yielding and buckling control but also to obtain the displacements to apply as boundary conditions for sub models with the purpose of determining the stress level in more detail. This is done by using a 3D model of the whole ship. A ﬂow chart of strength analysis of global model and sub models is shown in Figure 18.

3. and. This is done by taking into account in the analysis the worst situations as regards loads. they have little and very slow variations during a voyage (mainly due to changes in the distribution of consumables on board) and they vary signiﬁcantly only during loading and unloading operations. wave dynamic actions on a portion of the hull. High frequency loads: Loads at frequencies higher than the ﬁrst resonance modes (> 10-20 Hz) also are present on ships: this kind of excitation.1 Time Duration Static loads: These are the loads experienced by the ship in still water.3). The situation to be considered is in principle the worst combination of state variables that occurs within the design time.1. Also transient impulsive loads that excite free structural vibrations (slamming. Being related to a speciﬁc load condition. In a complete 3D model of the whole ship.3.1 Classiﬁcation of Loads 18. in principle all stress cycles contribute (to a different extent. When dealing with strength analysis. as the same external forces can in fact be interpreted as global or local loads. propeller). forces on the structure are applied directly in their actual position and the result is a total stress distribution. plate panels). Loads acting on the ship as a whole. The probability that such situation corresponds to an out crossing of the limit state surface is compared to a (low) target probability to assess the safety of the structure. generated by wave actions in particular situations (springing) or by mechanical excitation (main engine.1.MASTER SET SDC 18. Quasi-static loads: A second class of loads includes those with a period corresponding to wave actions (∼3 to 15 seconds). This terminology is typical of simpliﬁed structural analyses. represent a contribution to the bending moment acting on the hull girder. involves more the study of noise propagation on board than structural design.qxd Page 18-5 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-5 dures and practical methods for their evaluation will be summarized. However. if integrated over the same surface. however.3. the worst load situation corresponds to the highest load cycle and is characterized through the probability associated to the extreme value in the reference (design) time. In fatigue phenomena.4. Falling in this category are loads directly induced by waves. speciﬁc and imposing requirements can arise for particular ships due to the other load categories. They act with time duration well above the range of sea wave periods. 18. which does not need to be decomposed. This general time-variant problem is simpliﬁed into a time-invariant one. while. Dynamic loads: When studying responses with frequency components close to the ﬁrst structural resonance modes. single beams. and in some cases sloshing loads) can be classiﬁed in the same category.3 Characteristic values for loads Structural veriﬁcations are always based on a limit state equation and on a design operational time. This applies to a few types of periodic loads. generally are termed local loads. deﬁned in order to be applied to limited structural models (stiffened panels. if described in terms of a bi-dimensional distribution of pressures over the wet surface. are named global or primary loads and the ship structural response is accordingly termed global or primary response (see Subsection 18. For instance. Loads. Main aspects of reliability-based structural design and analysis are (see Chapter 19): • the state of the structure is identiﬁed by state variables associated to loads and structural capacity. separately. having been investigated for a long time. which in general is not the case. 18. whose prediction procedures are quite well established. and • the probability of exceeding the limit state surface in the design time (probability of crisis) is the element subject to evaluation.3. Among them are thermal and accidental loads. 18. considered as a beam (hull girder). in which responses of the two classes of components are evaluated separately and later summed up to provide the total stress in selected positions of the structure.2 Local and global loads Another traditional classiﬁcation of loads is based on the structural scheme adopted to study the response.1. depending on the range) to . but also those generated in the same frequency range by motions of the ship (inertial forces). represent a local load for the hull panel. • state variables are stochastically distributed as a function of time. The simpliﬁcation lies in considering these two situations as contemporary. Other loads: All other loads that do not fall in the above mentioned categories and need speciﬁc models can be generally grouped in this class. A large part of ship design is performed on the basis of static and quasi-static loads. the dynamic properties of the structure have to be considered. as regards capacity (reduced because of corrosion and other degradation effects). These loads can be termed quasi-static because the structural response is studied with static models. The distinction is purely formal.

for example. In ﬁrst yielding analyses. Actions on the beam are described. such as ultimate state. that is.3 Sectional Forces and Moment . on the average. all design loads for structural analyses are explicitly or implicitly related to a low exceeding probability.2). another force in the normal direction.MASTER SET SDC 18. reference loads are often set with an exceeding probability in the range 10–3 to 10–5. 18. therefore. together with vertical gravitational forces. but the number of cycles and the shape of the probability distribution of all stress ranges in the design time. Three components act on each section (Figure 18. VV (0) = VV (L) = M V (0) = M V (L) = 0 VH (0) = VH (L) = M H (0) = M H (L) = 0 M T (0) = M T (L) = 0 [6] Global loads for the veriﬁcation of the hull girder are obtained with a linear superimposition of still water and waveinduced global loads.3. characteristic loads are associated to a higher exceeding probability. only a symmetric distribution of hydrostatic pressure acts on each section. when calibrating a Partial Safety Factor format for structural checks. as usual with this scheme. (local horizontal axis). corresponding to load cycles which. usually with the plane of symmetry normal to the still water surface. ﬁrst yielding. All these actions are distributed along the longitudinal axis x. in addition to the verti- Figure 18. does not regard the magnitude of a single extreme load application. for a beam in free-free conditions (no constraints at ends) all load characteristics have zero values at ends (equations 6). related to sectional forces and moment through equation 1 to 5: VV (x) = ∫ q V (ξ) 0 x dξ [1] M V (x) = ∫ VV ( ξ ) 0 x dξ [2] VH (x) = ∫ q H (ξ ) 0 x dξ [3] M H (x) = ∫ VH ( ξ ) 0 x dξ [4] M T (x) = ∫ m T (ξ) 0 x dξ [5] Due to total equilibrium. while the return period indicates the mean time to the ﬁrst occurrence. In this condition. This corresponds to a wave load occurring. A further step towards the problem simpliﬁcation is represented by the adoption of characteristic load values in place of statistical distributions. usually in the range 10–4 to 10–6. They are used. only in terms of forces and moments acting in the transverse sections and applied on the longitudinal axis. qH and mT. in different types of analyses. On the basis of this.3 Still Water Global Loads Still water loads act on the ship ﬂoating in calm water. Five main load components are accordingly generated along the beam. that is. termed horizontal resultant force qH and a moment mT about the x axis. contribute more to the accumulation of fatigue damage in the structure.3.2 Deﬁnition of Global Hull Girder Loads The global structural response of the ship is studied with reference to a beam scheme (hull girder). This step is often performed by assigning an exceeding probability (or a return period) to each variable and selecting the correspondent value from the statistical distribution. once every 108 cycles. If the latter ones are not symmetric. a sectional torque mTg(x) is generated (Figure 18. indicated as vertical resultant force qV. Volume 1 damage accumulation.qxd Page 18-6 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-6 Ship Design & Construction.6.3): a resultant force along the vertical axis of the section (contained in the plane of symmetry). Characteristic values for ultimate state analysis are typically represented by loads associated to an exceeding probability of 10–8. with a return period of the same order of the ship lifetime. 18. The analysis. a monodimensional structural element with sectional characteristics distributed along a longitudinal axis.4). by effect of both amplitude and frequency of occurrence. These conditions impose constraints on the distributions of qV. In fatigue analyses (see Subsection 18. The exceeding probability for a stochastic variable has the meaning of probability for the variable to overcome a given value. This usually is done. with different characteristic values. Such adoption implies the deﬁnition of a single reference load value as representative of a whole probability distribution.6. and fatigue.

I Wave Coefﬁcient Versus Length (b) Ship Length L 90 ≤ L <300 m Wave Coefﬁcient C 10. Components of vertical shear and vertical bending can be derived according to equations 1 and 2.MASTER SET SDC 18. At an even earlier stage of design. The distribution for w(x) is then usually approximated by a linear (trapezoidal) curve obtained by imposing Figure 18.3. As regards equation 5. only mTg. plus all other conditions that are relevant to the speciﬁc ship (nonhomogeneous loading at maximum draft. There are no horizontal components of sectional forces in equation 3 and accordingly no components of horizontal shear and bending moment. the second one (7). (Figure 18. ore carriers. such as homogenous loading condition at maximum draft. parametric formulations can be used to derive directly reference values for still water hull girder loads. the total weight and center of gravity is determined summing up contributions from all items present on board between the two bounding sections.I).75 – [(300 – L)/150]3/2 Figure 18. They can slightly differ among Class Societies.qxd Page 18-7 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-7 cal load qSV(x). bulk carriers.2 Direct evaluation of still water global loads Classiﬁcation Societies require in general a direct analysis of these types of load in the main loading conditions of the ship. ballast conditions. depending on the ship type. Common reference values for still water bending moment at mid-ship are provided by the major Classiﬁcation Societies (equation 8).4 Sectional Resultant Forces in Still Water (a) TABLE 18. docking conditions aﬂoat. are often used in the design development to provide an approximate quantiﬁcation of weight items and their longitudinal distribution on board. The resulting approximated weight distribution.3. to obtain the torque. of vertical resultants of gravitational (weight) and buoyancy forces. 7). is to be accounted for.3. are provided also.1 Standard still water bending moments While buoyancy distribution is known from an early stage of the ship design. the ship length is subdivided into portions: for each of them. short voyage or harbor condition. ballast exchange at sea.3. and (b) other ship types 300 ≤ L <350 m 350 ≤ L .5 Examples of Reference Still Water Bending Moment Distribution (10).5 − 15 C B ) (hogging) [8] C L2 B ( 45. weight distribution is completely deﬁned only at the end of construction. calibrated on similar ships.75 10. 18. together with the buoyancy distribution.). if present. The ﬁrst requirement (6) regards the minimum longitudinal strength modulus and provides implicitly a value for the total bending moment. section by section. allows computing shear and bending moment. 18. obtained as a difference between buoyancy b(x) and weight w(x). Ms [ N ⋅ m ] = C L2 B (122. regards the wave induced component of bending moment. Statistical formulations. as shown in equation 7 (2).75 – [(300 – L)/100]3/2 10.5). etc. for a given loading condition. q SV (x) = b(x) − w(x) = gA I (x) − m(x)g [7] where AI = transversal immersed area. The direct evaluation procedure requires. applied along the longitudinal axis x of the beam. The formulations in equation 8 are sometimes explicitly reported in Rules. Longitudinal distributions. but they can anyway be indirectly derived from prescriptions contained in (6. To obtain the weight distribution w(x). (a) oil tankers.5 + 65 C B ) (sagging) where C = wave parameter (Table 18. light load at less than maximum draft. a derivation.

in addition to conventional still water loads acting on each hull considered as a single longitudinal beam. This implies neglecting the static trim angle and to consider an approximate equilibrium position. This represents a source of uncertainties.3. consumables).3 Uncertainties in the evaluation A signiﬁcant contribution to uncertainties in the evaluation of still water loads comes from the inputs to the procedure. consumables) typical of a loading condition (Figure 18. ballast. The procedure is usually applied separately for different types of weight items. Ship types like bulk carriers are more exposed to uncertainties on the actual distribution of cargo weight than. bending and torque in a transversal direction (see the simpliﬁed scheme of Figure 18. outﬁtting) but also the distribution of the various components of the deadweight (cargo.MASTER SET SDC 18. The solution of the seakeeping problem yields the loads directly generated by external pressures.3.qxd Page 18-8 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-8 Ship Design & Construction. B. giving rise to shear. in some vessels (in particular tankers) such action can be locally counterbalanced by internal axial pressures. container ships.3.4 Wave Induced Global Loads The prediction of the behaviour of the ship in waves represents a key point in the quantiﬁcation of both global and local loads acting on the ship.7). also loads in the transversal direction can be signiﬁcant. All these compression and bending effects are neglected in the hull beam model. and Q stand for shear. ballast. Figure 18. 18. and L. grouping together the weights of the ship in lightweight conditions (always present on board) and those (cargo. machinery. causing hull sagging moments. The latter are directly connected to the quantiﬁcation of inertial loads and provide inputs for the evaluation of other types of loads.3. 18.8 Multi-hull Additional Still Water Loads (sketch) the correspondence of area and barycenter of the trapezoid respectively to the total weight and center of gravity of the considered ship portion. In addition. where S. it leads also to an additional hogging moment. bending and torque. in particular those related to quantiﬁcation and location on board of weight items. but also provides ship motions and accelerations.8. for example. model uncertainties arise from neglecting the longitudinal components of the hydrostatic pressure (Figure 18.6 Weight Distribution Breakdown for Full Load Condition Figure 18. Volume 1 Figure 18.7 Longitudinal Component of Pressure the ship in lightweight condition (hull structure. Another approximation is represented by the fact that buoyancy and weight are assumed in a direction normal to the horizontal longitudinal axis. T apply respectively to longitudinal and transversal beams).4 Other still water global loads In a vessel with a multihull conﬁguration. which often creates the need for a few iterative corrections to the load curve qsv(x) in order to satisfy boundary conditions at ends (equations 6). 18.6). like slamming and sloshing. On the other hand. This lack of precision regards the weight distribution for . As the resultant of such components is generally below the neutral axis of the hull girder. while they are actually oriented along the true vertical.3. which generate an axial compressive force on the hull girder. which accounts only for forces and moments acting in the transverse plane. which can reach up to 10% of the total bending moment. where actual weights of single containers are kept under close control during operation.

this procedure neglects all types of dynamic effects.III) and for the inherent longitudinal distributions. even though they are not as uniform among different Societies as for the main vertical component. Wave-induced Torque: A few reference formulations are given also for reference wave torque at midship (see examples in Table 18.3B)CB 320 L2C T L − 35 / L NKK (12) . while horizontal bending and torque components are larger for oblique wave systems. examples are reported of reference values of horizontal bending moment at mid-length for ships with unrestricted navigation. Such results are in principle obtained for each instantaneous wave pressure distribution. The scheme is analogous to the one described for still water loads. vertical bending moments tend to be maximized in head waves with length close to the ship length.9 Sectional Forces and Moments in Waves MWH [N ⋅ m] 180 C1L2DCB 1600 L2.1 TCB 220 L9/4(T + 0. on time. The ship is positioned on a freezed wave of given characteristics in a condition of equilibrium between weight and static buoyancy.9). depending therefore. Sometimes. as regards global effects. Vertical wave-induced bending moment: IACS classiﬁ- cation societies provide a statistically based reference values for the vertical component of wave-induced bending moment MWV.3. as well as the total torsional component. expressed as a function of main ship dimensions.qxd Page 18-9 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-9 In particular.4. 18. 7 (sag) [10] −110 C L ( B ) [9] Horizontal Wave-induced Bending Moment: Similar formulations are available for reference values of horizontal wave induced bending moment. formulations are available for the main wave load components. the differential pressure between the situation in waves and in still water generates. q WV (x) = b WV (x) − m(x)a V (x) q WH (x) = b WH (x) − m(x)a H (x) m TW (x) = m Tb (x) − I R (x) θ where IR(x) is the rotational inertia of section x. The longitudinal distributions along the hull girder of horizontal and vertical components of shear. bending moment and torque can then be derived by integration (equations 1 to 5). with the difference that the waterline upper boundary of the immersed part of the hull is no longer a plane but it is a curved (cylindrical) surface. the concept of equivalent static wave is adopted to associate a longitudinal distribution of TABLE 18.2 Static Wave analysis of global wave loads A traditional analysis adopted in the past for evaluation of wave-induced loads was represented by a quasi-static wave approach. ﬁrst approximation. it is rarely used to quantify wave loads. M WV [ N ⋅ m ] = (hog) 190 C L2 B C B 2 B C + 0 . on type and direction of sea encountered and on the ship geometrical and operational characteristics. the action of waves modiﬁes the pressure distribution along the wet hull surface. Such reference values for the midlength section of a ship with unrestricted navigation are yielded by equation 10 for hog and sag cases (7) and corresponds to an extreme value with a return period of about 20 years or an exceeding probability of about 10–8 (once in the ship lifetime). Simpliﬁed curves for the distribution in the longitudinal direction are also provided. The total vertical and horizontal wave induced forces on the section. on the transverse section. In Table 18. 18. In regular (sinusoidal) waves.4.II.3. however. vertical and horizontal resultant forces (bWV and bWH) and a moment component mTb. Analogous components come from the sectional resultants of inertial forces and moments induced on the section by ship’s motions (Figure 18.II Reference Horizontal Bending Moments Class Society ABS (8) BV (9) RINA (10) DNV (11) Figure 18. By deﬁnition. Due to its limitations.1 Statistical formulae for global wave loads Simpliﬁed. developed mainly on the basis of past experience.MASTER SET SDC 18. are found summing up the components in the same direction (equations 9).

3. strip theory methods. the base assumptions of the method are . thus avoiding a non-linear feedback between the two.qxd Page 18-10 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-10 Ship Design & Construction. and • linear decomposition into additive independent components. corresponding to the mean position of the hull: the component of the ﬂuid velocity normal to the hull surface is zero (impermeability condition). for example.1  0 .5). from long term predictions based on other methods. The output consists of response spectra of point pressures on the hull and of the other derived responses. The input to the procedure is represented by a spectral representation of the sea encountered by the ship. such as global loads and ship motions. When using linear methods in the frequency domain. Despite the numerous and demanding simpliﬁcations at the basis of the procedure. Volume 1 TABLE 18. Responses. 18. have been validated over time in several contexts and are extensively used for predictions of wave loads.3 Linear methods for wave loads The most popular approach to the evaluation of wave loads is represented by solutions of a linearized potential ﬂow problem based on the so-called strip theory in the frequency domain (13).MASTER SET SDC 18. due to disturbance in the wave potential generated by the hull This subdivision also enables the de-coupling of the excitation components from the response ones.3. the input wave system is decomposed into sinusoidal components and a response is found for each of them in terms of amplitude and phase.4. 5 ) [ 2  e 0 .13 −  W    125   pressures to extreme wave loads. 5  + 0 . Output spectra can be used to derive short and long-term predictions for the probability distributions of the responses and of their extreme values (see Subsection 18. In principle. depend on the input sea characteristics (spectrum and spatial distribution respect to the ship course). due to the incident wave (undisturbed by the presence of the ship): FroudeKrylov Φd = diffraction component. — on the hull: considered as a static surface. developed since the early 60s.4. for a ship in a given condition. III (2). incompressible and homogeneous ﬂuid in irrotational ﬂow: Laplace equation 11 ∇2Φ = 0 [11] where Φ = velocity potential • 2-dimensional solution of the problem • linearized boundary conditions: the quadratic component of velocity in the Bernoulli Equation is reformulated in linear terms to express boundary conditions: — on free surface: considered as a plane corresponding to still water: ﬂuid velocity normal to the free surface equal to velocity of the surface itself (kinematic condition). zero pressure. derived.14  0 .13 −   D T    ] (e = vertical position of shear center) BV RINA  250 − 0 . Φ = Φs + ΦFK + Φd + Φr where: Φs = stationary component due to ship advancing in calm water [12] Φr = radiation component due to the ship motions in calm water ΦFK = excitation component. Here only the key assumptions of the method are presented: • inviscid. The theoretical background of this class of procedures is discussed in detail in PNA Vol.III Examples of Reference Values for Wave Torque Class Society ABS (bulk carrier) Qw [N . separately solved for and later summed up (equation 12). and • superposition of effects (sum of inputs corresponds to sum of outputs). Other key properties of linear systems that are used in the analysis are: • linear relation between the input and output amplitudes. 7 L  3  190 LB 2 C 2  8. m] (at mid-ship) 2700 LB 2 T ( C W − 0 .

A third implication of linearization regards the superimposition of static and dynamic loads. 18. in a seaway. whose theoretical framework (main hypotheses.4. and • the probability distribution of the highest value in the whole stationary period of the phenomenon (extreme value in period Ts. Corrections to account for this effect are often used. based on statistical data (7) or on more advanced non-linear methods. The distribution in equation 16 is particularly interesting for fatigue checks. The Parseval theorem and the ergodicity property establish a correspondence between the area of the response spectrum (spectral moment of order 0: m0Y) and the variance of its Gaussian probability distribution (14).4.qxd Page 18-11 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-11 valid only for small wave excitations. This allows expressing the density probability distribution of the Gaussian response y in terms of m0Y (equation 14). for example. This represents a major problem when dealing with local loads in the side region close to the waterline. both Rayleigh density distributions (see 14). From the frequency domain analysis response spectra Sy(ω) are derived. Actually.3.4 Limits of linear methods for wave loads Due to the simpliﬁcations adopted on boundary conditions to linearize the problem of ship response in waves. The aforementioned distributions can be derived from the underlying Gaussian distribution of the response (equation 14) in the additional hypotheses of narrow band response process and of independence between peaks. the response of the system (load) can be modeled as a process having the same characteristics. in which weight forces (included only in static loads) are considered as acting always along the vertical axis of the ship reference system (as in still water). From a structural point of view. as the direction of an external input force (weight) depends on the response of the system itself (roll and pitch angles). which can be integrated to obtain spectral moments m n of order n (equation 13). weight forces are directed along the true vertical direction. actual values of vertical bending moment show marked differences between the hogging and sagging conditions. having therefore also components in the longitudinal and lateral direction of the ship. small motion responses and low speed of the ship. corresponding to the highest values in each zero-crossing period (peaks: variable p). A consequence is that all the derived global wave loads also have the same characteristics. Another effect of basic assumptions is that all responses at a given frequency are represented by sinusoidal ﬂuctuations (symmetric with respect to a zero mean value). f Y (y) = 1 − y 2 / 2 m 2 Y) 0 e ( 2π m0Y [14] Equation 14 expresses the distribution of the ﬂuctuating response y at a generic time instant. 18.3. This aspect represents one of the intrinsic non-linearities in the actual system. while in reality the pressure distribution extends over the actual wetted surface. The ﬁrst two probability distributions take the form of equations 15 and 16 respectively. used in conjunction with linear frequency-domain methods for the solution of the ship-wave interaction problem. results in terms of hydrodynamic pressures are given always up to the still water level. more interesting data are represented by: • the probability distribution of the response at selected time instants. variable extrTsy). which depends on roll and pitch angles. • the probability distribution of the excursions between the highest and the lowest value in each zero-crossing period (range: variable r). This effect is often neglected in the practice. where linear superposition of still water and wave loads is largely followed. the ﬁeld of successful applications extends far beyond the limits suggested by the preservation of realism in the base assumptions: the method is actually used extensively to study even extreme loads and for fast vessels.MASTER SET SDC 18. assumptions and steps) is recalled in the following. Dynamic loads are evaluated separately from the static ones and later summed up: this results in an un-physical situation. In practice. If the stochastic process representing the wave input to the ship system is modeled as a stationary and ergodic Gaussian process with zero mean. m ny = ∫ ω n S y (ω)dω 0 ∞ [13] This information is the basis of the spectral method. fP ( p) = fR ( r ) =  p p2  exp  −  m0  2m0   r r2  exp  −  4m0  8m 0  [15] [16] . while.5 Wave loads probabilistic characterization The most widely adopted method to characterize the loads in the probability domain is the so-called spectral method. as it can be adopted to describe stress ranges of fatigue cycles.

qxd Page 18-12 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-12 Ship Design & Construction. coupled to linear frequency domain methodologies like those summarized in Subsection 18. such as: . The results mentioned previously are derived for the period Ts in which the input wave system can be considered as stationary (sea state: typically. Volume 1 The distribution for the extreme value in the stationary period Ts (short term extreme) can be modeled by a Poisson distribution (in equation 17: expression of the cumulative distribution) or other equivalent distributions derived from the statistics of extremes. One of the most typical formats is the one contained in (15). the extreme on time Td is given by equation 19: Td/Ts F extrTd y = F extrTs y ( ) [ ( )] [19] where F(extrTdy) is the cumulative probability distribution for the highest response peak in time Td (long-term extreme distribution in time Td). and main wave direction.3.MASTER SET SDC 18. which is identiﬁed by the sea spectrum. The process described in equation 18 can be termed deconditioning (that is removing the conditioning hypothesis). n = total number of sea states. In the hypothesis that the extremes of the various sea states are independent from each other.4. Probability P(Si) can be derived from collections of sea data based on visual observations from commercial ships and/or on surveys by buoys. in the probability domain. conditioned to occurrence of sea state Si (short term prediction). a weighed average of the highest peak in time Ts is achieved. its angular distribution around the main wave direction (spreading function) and the encounter angle formed with ship advance direction.4. containing classes i= 1 ∑ F ( y S i ) ⋅ P(S i ) n [18] of signiﬁcant wave heights and mean periods. In other words. relative to the ship life (or any other design period Td which can be described as a series of stationary periods). such as shown in Figure 18. the conditional hypothesis is to be removed from short-term distributions. Seasonal characteristics are also available.6 Uncertainties in long-term predictions The theoretical framework of the above presented spectral method. Such scatter diagrams are catalogued according to sea zones.3. If a range distribution is processed. The results of this linear prediction procedure are affected by numerous sources of uncertainties. F(ySi) = probability for the response to be less than value y. 18. F(y) = where: F(y) = probability for the response to be less than value y (unconditioned).11 (the subdivision of the world atlas). P(Si) = probability associated to the i-th sea state. The same procedure can be applied to any of the variables studied in the short term and it does not change the nature of the variable itself. The derived distributions (short-term predictions) are conditioned to the occurrence of a particular sea state.  1 F extrTs p = exp  −  2∂  ( )  m2 p2 exp  − m0 2m0     Ts  [17]    Figure 18. To obtain a long-term prediction.10 summarizes the various short-term distributions.3. If the distribution of variable extrTsy is de-conditioned. In this case the result is further processed to get the distribution of the extreme value in the design time Td. a period of a few hours). allows the characterization. where sea states probabilities are organized in bi-dimensional histograms (scatter diagrams). This is done with an additional application of the concept of statistics of extremes. a long-term distribution for ranges of single oscillations is obtained (useful data for a fatigue analysis). It is interesting to note that all the mentioned distributions are expressed in terms of spectral moments of the response.10 Short-term Distributions Figure 18. the probability of a certain response is to be weighed by the probability of occurrence of the generating sea state (equation18). which are available from a frequency domain solution of the ship motions problem. of all the wave induced load variables of interest both for strength and fatigue checks. covering all combinations.

18. particularly as regards ﬂuid characteristics and boundary conditions. checks on local structures are still in part implicitly based on more conservative limit states (yield strength). Numerical algorithms and speciﬁc procedures adopted for the solution also inﬂuence results. which are affected by a certain degree of indetermination.6 External Pressure Loads Static and dynamic pressures generated on the wet surface of the hull belong to external loads. hS corresponds to the local draft of the load point (reference is made to design waterline).11 Map of Sea Zones of the World (15) • sea description: as above mentioned. local loads are applied to individual structural members like panels and beams (stiffeners or primary supporting members).3. as well as the motions and accelerations on which they are based.1 Static external pressures Hydrostatic pressure is related through equation 20 to the vertical distance between the free surface and the load point (static head hS). based on a limited number of parameters (generally. scatter diagrams are derived from direct observations on the ﬁeld.3. 18. which are nowadays largely based on ultimate limit states (for example. In addition.3.3. referred respectively to the situation in still water and in a seaway. pS = ρghS [20] In the case of the external pressure on the hull. They act as local transverse loads for the hull plating and supporting structures. Contrary to strength veriﬁcations of the hull girder. 18. • model for the ship’s response: as brieﬂy outlined in Subsection 18.MASTER SET SDC 18.3.4. In many Rules. the model is greatly simpliﬁed. in longitudinal strength: ultimate bending moment). reference (characteristic) local loads.5 Local Loads As previously stated. . They are once again traditionally divided into static and dynamic loads. are therefore implicitly calibrated at an exceeding probability higher than the 10–8 value adopted in global load strength veriﬁcations. and • the de-conditioning procedure adopted to derive long term predictions from short term ones can add further uncertainties.qxd Page 18-13 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-13 Figure 18. creating differences even between theoretically equivalent methods.6. simpliﬁed sea spectral shapes are adopted. biparametric formulations based on signiﬁcant wave and mean wave period).

are adopted in Classiﬁcation Rules for the ship in various load cases (Figure 18. In a completely full tank.13) If the tank is only partially ﬁlled. for the ullage space pressure (the pressure present at the free surface. as well as the wet portion of the hull. such as: local shape and velocity of the free surface. hT is the distance between the load point and the highest point of the tank in the direction of the total acceleration vector aT (Figure 18. 18. Pressures and areas of application are in principle obtained solving the general problem of ship motions in a seaway. varying again according to equation 20. Figure 18. being related to a number of effects. A complete model of the phenomenon would require a very detailed two-phase scheme for the ﬂuid and a dynamic model for the structure including hydro-elasticity effects.12). gravitation acceleration g generates a hydrostatic pressure.2 Dynamic internal pressure When the ship advances in waves. corresponding for example to the setting pressure of outlet valves).MASTER SET SDC 18. The static head hS corresponds here to the vertical distance from the load point to the highest part of the tank. Impact loads are very difﬁcult to characterize.1 Static internal pressure For a ship in still water.3. The resulting pressure ﬁeld can be quite complicated and speciﬁc simulations are needed for a detailed quantiﬁcation. Such pressures represent a local transversal load for plate. Volume 1 18.13 Internal Fluid Pressure (full tank) . A further type of excitation is represented by impacts that can occur on horizontal or sub-horizontal plates of the upper part of the tank walls for high ﬁlling ratios and. 18.12 Example of Simpliﬁed Distribution of External Pressure (10) Figure 18. pf = ρaThT [21] In equation 21. This means that its components in the ship reference system depend on roll and pitch angles (in Figure 18.3. increased to account for the vertical extension over that point of air pipes (that can be occasionally ﬁlled with liquid) or. producing additional pressure loads (sloshing loads). if applicable.7 Internal Loads—Liquid in Tanks Liquid cargoes generate normal pressures on the walls of the containing tank. in vertical or sub-vertical plates of the lower part of the tank. signiﬁcant ﬂuid inter- nal velocities can arise in the longitudinal and/or transversal directions. 18. to be added to the hydrostatic one. air trapping in the ﬂuid and response of the structure. stiffeners and primary supporting members of the tank walls. ﬂuid internal velocities relative to the tank walls are small and the acceleration in the ﬂuid is considered as corresponding to the global ship acceleration aw. The gravitational acceleration g is directed according to the true vertical.3. If pitch or roll frequencies are close to the tank resonance frequency in the inherent direction (which can be evaluated on the basis of geometrical parameters and ﬁlling ratio).14). Experimental techniques as well as 2D and 3D procedures have been developed for the purpose. is modiﬁed for a ship in a seaway with respect to the still water (Figure 18.9). obtained summing aw to gravity g.qxd Page 18-14 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-14 Ship Design & Construction.7. at low ﬁlling levels. Approximate distributions of the wave external pressure. different types of motions are generated in the liquid contained in a tank onboard.6.2 Dynamic pressures The pressure distribution. depending on the period of the ship motions and on the ﬁlling level: the internal pressure distribution varies accordingly. The total pressure (equation 21) can be evaluated in terms of the total acceleration aT. kinetic energy tends to concentrate in the ﬂuid and sloshing phenomena are enhanced.13 on roll angle θr).7. For more details see references 16 and 17. Simpliﬁed distributions of sloshing and/or impact pressures are often provided by Classiﬁcation Societies for structural veriﬁcation (Figure 18.3.

distributions for the components of cargo load are approximated with empirical formulations based on the material frictional characteristics. the component normal to the wall has a different distribution from the load corresponding to a liquid cargo of the same density. Such formulations cover both the static and the dynamic cases. The latter case applies.8. While slamming probability of occurrence can be studied on the basis only of predictions of ship relative motions (which should in principle include non-linear effects due to extreme motions).9 Dynamic Loads 18.8 Inertial Loads—Dry Cargo To account for this effect. In the following downward fall. also additional tangential components are present. local angle formed at impact between the ﬂat part of the hull and the water free surface. 18. As a result.19).15) or by a uniform load applied on the contact area with the structure.9.3. this kind of load is modelled by one or more concentrated forces (Figure 18. Class Societies prescribe. and on the slope of the wall. 18.1 Unit cargo In the case of a unit cargo (container. A full description of the slamming phenomenon involves a number of parameters: amplitude and velocity of ship motions relative to water. vehicle or other) the local translational accelerations at the centre of gravity are applied to the mass to obtain a distribution of inertial forces.19).7.3 Dry bulk cargo In the case of a dry bulk cargo.3.3. Generally. The phenomenon occurs in ﬂat areas of the forward part of the ship and it is strongly correlated to loading conditions with a low forward draft.3. Such forces are transferred to the structure in different ways. presence and extension of air trapped between ﬂuid and ship bottom and structural dynamic behavior (18. internal friction forces arise within the cargo itself and between the cargo and the walls of the hold. usually expressed by the angle of repose for the bulk cargo.MASTER SET SDC 18. for example.14 Example of Simpliﬁed Distributions of Sloshing and Impact Pressures (11) Figure 18. thus generating considerable impact pressures. the bottom of the ship can hit the water surface.1 Slamming and bow ﬂare loads When sailing in heavy seas.15 Scheme of Local Forces Transmitted by a Container to the Support System (8) . pallet. both from a theoretical and experimental point of view (18. for ships with loading conditions corresponding to a low fore Figure 18. the ship can experience such large heave motions that the forebody emerges completely from the water. From a practical point of view. 18. depending on the number and extension of contact areas and on typology and geometry of the lashing or supporting systems.qxd Page 18-15 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-15 18. It affects both local structures (bottom panels) and the global bending behaviour of the hull girder with generation also of free vibrations at the ﬁrst vertical ﬂexural modes for the hull (whipping). to the inertial loads transmitted by tyred vehicles when modelling the response of the deck plate between stiffeners: in this case the load is distributed uniformly on the tyre print.3. a quantiﬁcation of slamming pressure involves necessarily all the other mentioned phenomena and is very difﬁcult to attain.

2 Springing Another phenomenon which involves the dynamic response of the hull girder is springing. when the ﬂat part of the stern counter is close to surface.3. Chapter VI). of the ﬁrst natural frequency of ﬂexural vibration of the hull girder. In addition to the above frequencies. at the cylinders ﬁring frequency and inherent harmonics (Figure 18. at the blade frequency. The phenomenon has been observed in particular on Great Lakes vessels. diesel engines generate internally unbalanced forces and moments. 18. for any rotation angle. with comparatively low resonance frequencies (1. but the response in terms of deﬂection and stresses is magniﬁed by dynamic effects. local draft) and. A phenomenon quite similar to bottom slamming can occur also on the forebody of ships with a large bow ﬂare. a vapor sheet is generated on the back of the proﬁle (cavitation phenomenon).qxd Page 18-16 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-16 Ship Design & Construction.4 Main engine excitation Another major source of dynamic excitation for the hull girder is represented by the main engine.9. the cavitation pressure ﬁeld contains also other components at higher frequency.2). of local geometry of the ship (width of ﬂat bottom. 18. related to the dynamics of the vapor cavity. a category of ships long and ﬂexible. Volume 1 draft.3 Propeller induced pressures and forces Due to the wake generated by the presence of the after part of the hull. local structural checks based on an additional external pressure. The dynamic pressure ﬁeld impinges the hull plating in the stern region. but with lower pressures than in bottom slamming. In this case dynamic and (to a lesser extent) impulsive pressures are generated on the sides of V-shaped fore sections.6. where disturbances in the wake are larger.16). and at their ﬁrst harmonics. a vertical excitation in a nodal point of a vertical ﬂexural mode has much less effect in exciting that mode than the same excitation placed on a point of maximum modal deﬂection. fall below the vapor saturation pressure. because not all the blade sections pass simultaneously in the region of the stern counter. mainly at the engine revolution frequency. the propeller operates in a non-uniform incident velocity ﬁeld.3. The exciting action has an origin similar to the case of quasi-static wave bending moment and can be studied with the same techniques. which can produce a signiﬁcant increase (15% and more) in the design value.3. The vapor ﬁlled cavity collapses as soon as the angle of attack decreases in the propeller revolution and the local pressure rises again over the vapor saturation pressure. In this case. In addition to frequency coincidence. Blade proﬁles experience a varying angle of attack during the revolution and the pressure ﬁeld generated around the blades ﬂuctuates accordingly. thus representing a possible cause of a global resonance. It represents a typical non-linear effect (non-linearity due to hull geometry). accordingly. The phenomenon is likely to occur quite frequently on ships prone to it. thus producing a resonance for that mode (see also Subsection 18.9. Depending on general arrangement and on number of cylinders. Bearing forces and pressures induced on the stern counter by cavitating and non cavitating propellers can be calculated with dedicated numerical simulations (18). in some cases. pressure ﬂuctuations are distributed over a longer time period and peak values are lower. Cavitation further enhances pressure ﬂuctuations. 18. The excitation due to the ﬁrst harmonics of low speed diesel engines can be at frequencies close to the ﬁrst natural hull girder frequencies. All of the three mentioned types of excitation have their main components at the propeller rotational frequency. the local pressure on the back of blade proﬁles can. a coincidence can occur between the frequency of wave excitation and the natural frequency associated to the ﬁrst (two-node) ﬂexural mode in the vertical plane. Propellers with skewed blades perform better as regards induced pressure. because of the rapid displacement of the surrounding water volume during the growing phase of the vapor bubble and because of the following implosion when conditions for its existence are removed.8. Such additional pressure is formulated as a function of ship main characteristics.MASTER SET SDC 18. Due to the negative dynamic pressure generated by the increased angle of attack. . For particular types of ships. thus generating an exciting force for the structure. A quantiﬁcation of bow ﬂare effects implies taking into account the variation of the local breadth of the section as a function of draft. also direction and location of the excitation are important factors: for example. For recent developments of research in the ﬁeld (see references 16 and 17).9. Slamming can also occur in the rear part of the ship. The inﬂuence on global loads is accounted for by an additional term for the vertical wave-induced bending moment. The incremental effect on vertical bending moment can however be signiﬁcant. A second effect is due to axial and non axial forces and moments generated by the propeller on the shaft and transmitted through the bearings to the hull (bearing forces).

due to potential forces of higher order.qxd Page 18-17 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-17 components.10. A practical rule-of-thumb for taking into account wave actions for a ship at anchor in non protected waters is to increase of 75 to 100% the sum of the other force components. Waves: Linear wave excitation has in principle a sinusoidal time dependence (whose mean value is by deﬁnition zero). and viscous effects. with an average value different from zero. if the anchor chain is not in tension) the ship motion follows the excitation with similar time dependence and a small time lag. even if a limited component in the orthogonal direction can arise in particular situations.10. all applied at the center of gravity.T ( φ Wi ) φ A Wi VWi 2 M Wiz = 1 / 2 C Mz ( φ Wi ) φ A Wi L VWi 2 where: φWi = the angle formed by the direction of the wind relative to the ship CMz(φWi). whose amplitude can be of the same order of magnitude of the stationary forces due to the other actions. The magnitude depends on the wind speed and on extension and geometry of the exposed part of the ship. Chapter VI). CFT(φWi) are all coefﬁcients depending on the shape of exposed part of the ship and on angle φWi AWi = the reference area for the surface of the ship exposed to wind. These components can be signiﬁcant on off-shore ﬂoating structures.10 Other Loads 18. to solve a speciﬁc motion problem. which can be predicted by suitable dynamic structural models (18. If the ship is constrained.19). For common ships. which can be produced by external agents (the sun heating the deck). A peculiar aspect of this situation is that the portion of the structure in larger elongation is compressed and vice-versa.3. loads are exerted from external actions on the mooring system and from there to the local supporting structure. It is very difﬁcult to quantify thermal loads. which often feature also complicated mooring systems: in those cases the dynamic behavior of the mooring system is to be included in the analysis.T = 1 / 2 C F L. components at higher frequencies from the same sources can give rise to resonance in local structures. are also present.MASTER SET SDC 18. waves and current. or internal ones (heat transfer from/to heated or refrigerated cargo). In addition to the linear effects discussed above. The main contributions come by wind. rope or chain) can be [22] [23] Figure 18. which is contrary to the normal experience. 18.16 Propeller. non-linear wave effects are usually neglected. It can be described through coefﬁcients and variables analogous to those of equations 22 and 23. Shaft and Engine Induced Actions (20) In addition to low frequency hull vibrations.1 Thermal loads A ship experiences loads as a result of thermal effects.2 Mooring loads For a moored vessel. 18. Current: The current exerts on the immersed part of the hull a similar action to the one of wind on the emerged part (drag force). and a moment MWiz about the vertical axis (equation 23). the tension in the mooring system (hawser.3. the main problems being related to the identiﬁcation of the temperature distribution and in particular to the model for constraints. signiﬁcant loads arise on the mooring system. FWiL. Once the total force on the ship is quantiﬁed. formation of vortices. What actually creates stresses is a non-uniform temperature distribution. The action due to wind can be described in terms of two force . If ship motions in the wave direction are not constrained (for example. Wind: The force due to wind action is mainly directed in the direction of the wind (drag force). Usually these loads are considered only in a qualitative way (1. (usually the area of the cross section) VWi = the wind speed The empirical formulas in equations 22 and 23 account also for the tangential force acting on the ship surfaces parallel to the wind direction. which implies that the warmer part of the structure tends to expand while the rest opposes to this deformation. a longitudinal one FWiL. In this case the action on the mooring system is very small (a few percent of the other actions). and a transverse one FWiT (equation 22). non-linear wave actions. CFL(φWi).3.

However.17 End Launch: Sketch Figure 18. only those which present peculiarities as regards ship loads will be considered: end launch and side launch.MASTER SET SDC 18. the other distributions change in shape and resultant: the derivation of launching loads is based on the computation of these two distributions. BT. so. reproduced from reference 1. Volume 1 derived by force decomposition. qVL(x) = w(x) – bL(x) – fC(x) [26] This computation is performed for various intermediate positions of the cradle during the launching in order to check all phases. The vertical reaction from ground ways is substituted in a comparatively short time by buoyancy forces when the ship tilts and drops into water. buoyancy bL(x) and the sectional force transmitted from the ground way to the cradle and from the latter to the ship’s bottom (in the following: sectional cradle force fC(x). FC = (respectively) weight.17). Furthermore.3. 18. Side Launch: In side launch. when the cradle is still in contact for a certain length with the ground way.18 Forces during Pivoting . The vessel is subjected to vertical sectional forces distributed along the hull girder: weight w(x). the buoyancy distribution). BT + FC – W = 0 xB BT + xF FC – xW W = 0 where: W. whose maximum value is usually lower than the design one. End Launch: In end launch. in which dynamic effects are neglected: quasi static approach). among the various types of launch. the most demanding situation for the hull girder corresponds to the instant when pivoting starts. A considerable sagging moment is present in this situation. While the weight distribution and its resultant force (weight W) are invariant during launching. organizational and technical elements are to be kept under control (as general reference see Reference 1. buoyancy and cradle force resultants xW.qxd Page 18-18 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-18 Ship Design & Construction. The kinetic energy gained during the tilting and dropping phases makes the ship oscillate around her ﬁnal posi- Figure 18.10. beginning when the cradle starts to rotate (pivoting phase: Figure 18. the position xF corresponds steadily to the fore end of the cradle and what is unknown is the magnitude of FC and the actual aft draft of the ship (and consequently. where bending strength is not as high as at midship. In that moment the cradle force is concentrated close to the bow.18). It represents a strong local load and often requires additional temporary internal strengthening structures. the buoyancy distribution is known and the cradle force resultant and position is derived. to distribute the force on a portion of the structure large enough to sustain it. xB. The total sectional vertical force distribution is found as the sum of the three components (equation 26) and can be [24] [25] integrated according to equations 1 and 2 to derive vertical shear and bending moment.3 Launching loads The launch is a unique moment in the life of the ship. taking into account the angle formed with the external force in the horizontal and/or vertical plane. if one is ﬁtted) and it is at the maximum value. but tends to be located in the fore part of the ship. with resultant FC). a number of practical. the ship at launching could still have temporary openings or incomplete structures (lower strength) in the area of maximum bending moment. Such computation. Chapter XVII). xF = their longitudinal positions In a ﬁrst phase of launching. resultant forces and motions are contained in the longitudinal plane of the ship (Figure 18. Another matter of concern is the concentrated force at the fore end of the cradle. Chapter XVII). repeated for various positions of the cradle. which can reach a signiﬁcant percentage of the total weight (typically 20–30%). Here only the aspect of loads acting on the ship will be discussed.19. the main motion components are directed in the transversal plane of the ship (see Figure 18. For a successful completion of this complex operation. is based on the global static equilibrium s (equations 24 and 25. In a second phase. at the fore end of the cradle itself (on the fore poppet.

19 Side Launch (1. with the difference that here motions are due to a free oscillation of the system due to an unbalanced initial condition and not to an external excitation.10. elastic or an elastic body models. trajectory and loads cannot be studied as a sequence of quasi-static equilibrium positions. The problem is similar to the one regarding ship motions in waves. Figure 18. but need to be investigated with a dynamic analysis. (c) spent in deformation work of the ground (if soft: sand. The latter are evaluated with potential methods of the same type as those adopted for the study of the response of the ship to waves. which resists to the vertical raising of the ship barycenter).MASTER SET SDC 18. the initial kinetic energy is (a) dissipated in the deformation of the lower part of the bow (b) dissipated in friction of the same area against the ground. initial speed and direction of the ship relative to ground. Figure 18. time domain simulations can evaluate the magnitude of contact forces and the energy. then friction. theoretical models conﬁne the analysis to components in the horizontal plane (3 degrees of freedom) and to collision forces and motion-induced hydrodynamic pressures. As regards forces.20 Sagging Moments for a Grounded Ship: Simulation Results (22) . the dynamics of collision should be formulated in six degrees of freedom. Contrary to end launch. From the point of view of energy. Grounding: In grounding. together with the response characteristics of the structure (energy absorption capacity). shape of the bow (with/without bulb). Normally. which is absorbed by structure deformation: these quantities. dominant effects are forces and motions in the vertical plane. and weight.4). accounting for a number of forces acting during the event: forces induced by propeller. full and model scale tests are performed to study grounding events (21).20 gives an idea of the magnitude of grounding loads for different combinations of ground slopes and coefﬁcients of friction for a 150 000 tanker (results of simulations from reference 22). key parameters for the description are: slope and geometry of the ground. Chapter XVII) Figure 18. collision forces between the units.3. allow an evaluation of the damage penetration (21).4 Accidental loads Accidental loads (collision and grounding) are discussed in more detail by ISSC (21). they can be described differently depending on the characteristics of the struck object (ship. Within this framework.3. bridge pylon…) with different combinations of rigid. hydrodynamic pressure due to motions.qxd Page 18-19 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-19 tion at rest. rudder. in order to deﬁne trajectories of the unit(s) involved. developed at the ﬁrst impact with the ground. main components are contact forces. Governing equations for the problem are given by conservation of momentum and of energy. The amplitude of heave and roll motions and accelerations governs the magnitude of hull girder loads. when the bow slides on the ground. waves. current. platform. (Subsection 18. gravel) and (d) converted into gravitational potential energy (work done against the weight force. Another difference with respect to end launch is that both ground reaction (ﬁrst) and buoyancy forces (later) are always distributed along the whole length of the ship and are not concentrated in a portion of it. Collision: When deﬁning structural loads due to collisions. In addition to soil characteristics. 18. In general terms. In addition to numerical simulations. the general approach is to model the dynamics of the accident itself. The ﬁnal position (grounded ship) governs the magnitude of the vertical reaction force and the distribution of shear and sagging moment that are generated in the hull girder. As regards collision forces.

body boundary conditions are set with reference to the mean position of the hull (in still water). reference is made to (23). A very coarse classiﬁcation of the main features of the procedures reported in literature is here presented (see also reference 24).12. represent realistic and.12. Some results have been published of viscous ﬂow models based on the solution of Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) equations in the time domain. part in 3D. Works based on fully non-linear formulations of the free surface conditions have also been published. ﬁrst order variations of hydrodynamic and hydrostatic coefﬁcients around the still water line. the interest lies in the deﬁnition of a total loading condition with the required exceeding probability (usually the same of the single components). . in principle. In the probability domain. in order to quantify the distribution for the total load. with reference to: (a) a free stream at constant velocity. body boundary conditions are still linear (mean position of the hull). overcoming some of the simpliﬁcations adopted to treat the problem of ship motions in waves.12. Such load cases. depending on the various methods. These methods represent the most recent trend in the ﬁeld of ship motions and loads prediction and their use is limited to a few research groups. (b) a double body ﬂow. but allows considering various load situations (deﬁned with different combinations of the same base loads). 18.12.12 New Trends and Load Non-linearities A large part of research efforts is still devoted to a better deﬁnition of wave loads. Other non-linear methods account for perturbation terms of a higher order. on the other hand. as the probability that all design loads occur at the same time is much lower than the one associated to the single component. 18. with boundary conditions formulated part in 2D. they account for the actual geometry of wetted hull (non-linear body boundary condition) in the Froude-Krylov potential only. In particular. in principle. In this case. 18. 18. Perturbation terms take into account.3. This effect is believed to have a major role in the deﬁnition of global loads. 18. New procedures have been proposed in the last decades to improve traditional 2D linear methods.qxd Page 18-20 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-20 Ship Design & Construction. each deﬁned by a set of coefﬁcients. that is mean values and covariance matrix (composed by the variances of the single variables and by the covariance calculated for each couple of variables). This cannot be obtained by simple superposition of the characteristic values of single contributing loads. As a practical solution to the problem.11 Combination of Loads When dealing with the characterization of a set of loads acting simultaneously.3. Structural checks are performed for all load cases. in the frequency or in the time domain. without choosing a priori the worst one.4 Fluid characteristics All the methods above recalled are based on an inviscid ﬂuid potential scheme. empirically based load cases are deﬁned in Rules by means of combination coefﬁcients (with values generally ≤ 1) applied to single loads. equally probable combinations of characteristic values of elementary loads. However. can be easily automated today).2 Body boundary conditions In linear methods. corresponding to ship advance.1 2D versus 3D models Three-dimensional extensions of linear methods are available.3.3. For a complete state of the art of computational methods in the ﬁeld. considering the free surface or (d) the incident wave proﬁle (neglecting the interaction with the hull). some non-linear methods have also 3-D features. the combination problem is expressed in terms of time shift between the instants in which characteristic values occur. but second order variations of the coefﬁcients are accounted for. This procedure needs a higher number of checks (which. More evolved (and complex) methods are able to take properly into account the exact body boundary condition (actual wetted surface of the hull). Volume 1 18. Mixed or blending procedures consist in linear methods modiﬁed to include non-linear effects in a single component of the velocity potential (while the other ones are treated linearly). accounting for the disturbance induced by the presence of a fully immersed double body hull on the uniform ﬂow. which turns out to be the most conservative for the speciﬁc structure. the complete formulation of the problem would imply. the deﬁnition of a joint probability distribution of the various loads.3 Free surface boundary conditions Boundary conditions on free surface can be set. also this level of statistical characterization is difﬁcult to obtain. The result of the veriﬁcation is governed by the one. (c) the ﬂow corresponding to the steady advance of the ship in calm water. while in other cases an intermediate approach is followed.3.3.MASTER SET SDC 18. An approximation would consist in modeling the joint distribution through its ﬁrst and second order moments. In the time domain.

and this requires consideration of the different failure modes associated to the limit states. Primary response is the response of the entire hull. In addition. The present section deals with the determination of the responses. σ2* may also exist and would correspond to the bending of the equally spaced frames between two stiff longitudinal girders. The stiffener and the attached plating bend under the lateral load and the plate develops additional plane stresses since the plate acts as a ﬂange with the stiffeners. Note that the content of Section 18. etc. torsional and horizontal bending strength. 2) . buckling. both published by SNAME. for double hull ships: Figure 18.qxd Page 18-21 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-21 18. there is the stress (σ2) and deﬂection of the global bending of the orthotropic stiffened panels. For transversally framed panels. navigational equipment. • Stresses in the plating of stiffened panel under lateral pressure may have different origins (σ2 and σ2*). of structural members to the applied loads. The strength of a structural component would be inadequate if it experiences a loss of load-carrying ability through material fracture. with torsional strength requiring particular attention on open ships with large hatches arranged close together. All these are brieﬂy presented in this Section. Secondary (Double Bottom and Stiffened Panels) and Tertiary (Plate) Structural Responses (1. • A double bottom behaves as box girder but can bend longitudinally. Prominent amongst these are transverse. a number of other strength considerations must be considered. The associated primary stresses (σ1) are those.21). Excessive deﬂection may also limit the structural effectiveness of a member. when the ship bends as a beam under the longitudinal distribution of load. Secondary response relates to the global bending of stiffened panels (for single hull ship) or to the behavior of double bottom. thus rendering the system ineffective. there is also 18. in the form of stress and deﬂection. as discussed in Sections 18. double sides. or some other failure mechanism in response to the applied loading. for example. if that deﬂection results in a misalignment or other geometric displacement of vital components of the ship’s machinery.4 is inﬂuenced mainly from Lewis (2). yield. etc.1 Stress and Deﬂection Components The structural response of the hull girder and the associated members can be subdivided into three components (Figure 18... This global bending induces stress (σ2) and deﬂection.21 Primary (Hull).5 and 18.4 STRESSES AND DEFLECTIONS The reactions of structural components of the ship hull to external loads are usually measured by either stresses or deﬂections. even though material failure does not occur. but the general category of primary does not imply a direction. More detailed information is available in Lewis (2) and Hughes (3). For a stiffened panel. Structural performance criteria and the associated analyses involving stresses are referred to under the general term of strength. transversally or both. In longitudinally framed ships there is also a second type of secondary stresses: σ2* corresponds to the bending under the hydrostatic pressure of the longitudinals between transverse frames (web frames).MASTER SET SDC 18. which are usually called the longitudinal bending stresses. the panel of bottom structure contained between two adjacent transverse bulkheads.6 Although longitudinal strength under vertical bending moment and vertical shear forces is the ﬁrst important strength consideration in almost all ships. Once these responses are known it is necessary to determine whether the structure is adequate to withstand the demands placed upon it.4. and Rawson (25).

It is basically a stiffened panel. Elementary beam theory (equation 29) is usually utilized in computing the component of primary stress. and continuous or fully effective longitudinal primary or secondary stiffening members.2 Basic Structural Components Structural components are extensively discussed in Chapter 17 – Structure Arrangement Component Design. Volume 1 the σ2* stress that corresponds to the bending of the longitudinals (for example.qxd Page 18-22 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-22 Ship Design & Construction. Tertiary response describes the out-of-plane deﬂection and associated stress of an individual unstiffened plate panel included between 2 longitudinals and 2 transverse web frames. Tertiary response has no effect on the stiffeners. In assessing the applicability of this beam theory to ship structures. Both primary and secondary stresses are bending stresses but in plating these stresses look like membrane stresses. transverse stresses and shear stresses.4. σ1. 18. will Figure 18. nearly uniformly distributed through the plate thickness.3 Primary Response 18. Tertiary stresses. in the inner and outer bottom) between two transverse elements (ﬂoors). all cross sections are the same and there is no openings or discontinuities. used for longitudinally stiffened panels (b) and transversally stiffened panels (c).7).4. each response induces longitudinal stresses. σ2. In Figure 18. The panels are joined one to another by connecting lines (edges of the prismatic structures) and have longitudinal and transverse stiffening (Figures 18.3.1 Beam Model and Hull Section Modulus The structural members involved in the computation of primary stress are. and deﬂection due to vertical or lateral hull bending loads. • Longitudinal Stiffening includes — longitudinals (equally distributed). that is. Almost any part of the ship can be modeled as stiffened panels (plane or cylindrical). 24 and 36).4. In this section. In stiffeners. which are large compared to the thickness of plate. Stiffened panels are the main components of a ship. In many instances. plate theory. only the basic structural component used extensively is presented. the longitudinally continuous members such as deck.21 (see also Figure 18. but may contain a membrane component if the out-of-plane deﬂections are large compared to the plate thickness.4. used only for the design of longitudinally stiffened panels. the remaining scantling development mainly deals with stiffened panels. The structural naval archi- tect deals principally with beam theory. large spacing). • plane cross sections remain plane after deformation. for the most part. and combinations of both. σ2* and σ3). there is little or no interaction between the three (primary. The global ship structure is usually referred to as being a box girder or hull girder.23) — transverse bulkheads (a).23. These considerations point to the inherent simplicity of the underlying theory. and each component may be computed by methods and considerations entirely independent of the other two. This means that. — girders (not equally distributed). The resultant stress. once the ship’s main dimensions and general arrangement are ﬁxed. which result from the bending of the plate member itself vary through the thickness. in such a case. Primary and secondary responses induce in-plane membrane stresses. side. secondary. This is due to the Poisson’s Ratio. An exception is the case of plate (tertiary) deﬂections. bottom shell. Modeling of this hull girder is the ﬁrst task of the designer. It is usually done by modeling the hull girder with a series of stiffened panels. only primary and secondary responses induce stresses in the direction of the members and shear stresses.22).MASTER SET SDC 18.37) the three types of response are shown with their associated stresses (σ1. The boundaries are formed by these components (Figure 18. 18. is then obtained by a simple superposition of the three component stresses (Subsection 18. — the main transverse framing also called web-frames (equally distributed. longitudinal bulkheads.22 A Standard Stiffened Panel . it is useful to restate the underlying assumptions: • the beam is prismatic. In plating. • Transverse Stiffening includes (Figure 18. tertiary) component stresses or deﬂections.

6. in the beam that varies linearly over the depth of the cross section.24). in m4 M(x) = bending moment. • transverse (Poisson) effects on strain are neglected.24.6. the effect of secondary shear and axial stresses due to warping deformations are neglected. in m E = modulus of elasticity of the material. are derived from basic mechanic principle presented at Figure 18. Methods dealing with stress concentrations are presented in Subsection 18.24). equations 27 and 28. The simple beam theory for longitudinal strength calculations of a ship is based on the hypothesis (usually attributed to Navier) that plane sections remain plane and in the absence of shear.MASTER SET SDC 18. EI (∂2w/∂x2) = M(x) or EI (∂4w/∂x4) = q(x) where: w = deﬂection (Figure 18. strains) are not coupled. • the material behaves elastically: the elasticity modulus in tension and compression is equal.23 Types of Stiffening (Longitudinal and Transverse) not deform in their own planes.24 Behavior of an Elastic Beam under Shear Force and Bending Moment (2) Hull Section Modulus: The plane section assumption together with elastic material behavior results in a longitudinal stress. The elastic linear bending equations.qxd Page 18-23 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-23 Figure 18. and merely rotate as the beam deﬂects.) cannot be avoided in a highly complex structure such as a ship.m q(x) = load per unit length in N/m = ∂V(x)/∂x = ∂2M(x)/∂x2 = EI (∂4w/∂x4) [28] [27] Figure 18. their effects must be included in any comprehensive stress analysis.m) σ = bending stress (in N/m2)  p p2  exp  −  m0  2m0  [29] . Since stress concentrations (deck openings. For torsional deformation. normal to the OXY plane (Figure 18. etc. This gives the well-known formula: fP ( p) = where: M = bending moment (in N. • Shear effects and bending (stresses. side ports. in N/m2 I = moment of inertia of beam cross section about a horizontal axis through its centroid. σ1.3 as they are linked to fatigue. in N.

where A is cross sectional area and E(z) the modulus of elasticity of an element of area dA located at distance z from the neutral axis. the following items may be included in the calculation of the section modulus. In this case. only members that are effective in both tension and compression are assumed to act as part of the hull girder. the stress may be obtained (σ = M/SM = Mc/I) which is proportional to the distance c of that part from the neutral axis. for example.25 Moment of Inertia and Section Modulus (1) . Dividing the ordinates of the maximum bending-moments curve (the envelope curve of maxima) by the corresponding ordinates of the section-moduli curve yields stress values. It is customary. provided they are continuous or effectively developed: • deck plating (strength deck and other effective decks). and • continuous longitudinal hatch coamings. The twisting or torsional loads will require some special consideration. In general. steel and aluminum. the ﬂexural rigidity.9 for Hull/Superstructure Interaction). Calculation of Section Modulus: An important step in routine ship design is the calculation of the midship section modulus. As the ship moves through a seaway encountering waves from directions other than directly ahead or astern. The combination of vertical and horizontal bending moment has as major effect to increase the stress at the extreme corners of the structure (equation 30). tension and compression values for both top and bottom extreme ﬁbers.4. is replaced by ∫A E(z) z2 dA. at any part of the cross section. A variation on the above beam equations may be of importance in ship structures. • plating and longitudinal stiffeners of longitudinal bulkheads. The neutral axis is located at such height that ∫A E(z) z dA = 0. however. • deck and bottom girders. that is. hence two values of c and σ will be obtained for each section for any given bending moment. This practice maintains the midship section area of structure practically at full value in the vicinity of maximum shear as well as providing for possible variation in the precise location of the maximum bending moment. Theoretically.3. sides. Lateral Bending Combined with Vertical Bending: Up to this point. Note that the response of the ship to the overall hull twisting loading should be considered a primary response. It concerns beams composed of two or more materials of different moduli of elasticity. one for the top ﬁber (deck) and one for the bottom ﬁber (bottom shell). The section modulus to the deck or bottom is obtained by dividing the moment of inertia by the distance from the neutral axis to the molded deck line at side or to the base line. • shell and inner bottom plating.qxd Page 18-24 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-24 Ship Design & Construction. it indicates the bending strength properties of the primary hull structure. and by using both the hogging and sagging moment curves four curves of stress can be obtained. to assume the maximum bending moment to extend over the midship portion of the ship. • all longitudinals of deck. The neutral axis will seldom be located exactly at half-depth of the section. noting that there will be no component of still water bending moment or shear in the lateral direction.MASTER SET SDC 18. Minimum section modulus most often occurs at the location of a hatch or a deck opening. a thorough analysis of longitudinal strength would include the construction of a curve of section moduli throughout the length of the ship as shown in Figure 18. attention has been focused principally upon the vertical longitudinal bending response of the hull. the classiﬁcation societies ordinarily require the maintenance of the midship scantlings throughout the midship four-tenths length.25. The former may be dealt with by methods that are similar to those used for treating the vertical bending loads. bottom and inner bottom. it will experience lateral bending loads and twisting moments in addition to the vertical loads. Accordingly. As deﬁned in connection with equation 29. (See Subsection 18. EI. Volume 1 I = Sectional moment of Inertia about the neutral axis (in m4) c = distance from the neutral axis to the extreme member (in m) SM = section modulus (I/c) (in m3) For a given bending moment at a given cross section of a ship. respectively. In general. Figure 18.

εx = 1/E ( σx – v σS) εS = 1/E ( σS – ν σx) [31] In these equations. For the case of a plate that is free of constraint in the transverse direction.26 Shear Forces (2) . on the upper starboard and lower portside. is a constant property of the material. correspond to the M. and on the upper portside and lower starboard. This shows that the primary response induces both longitudinal (σx) and transversal stresses (σs) in plating. σx. cv. with the Navier equation (equation 29). there will exist a transverse strain. the periodical wave induced horizontal bending moment (Mh) increases stresses. may be stated in terms of the plate strains (equation 31). in general be subject to two other components of stress. s. In Figure 18. The stress resultants (N/m) are given by the following expressions: Nx = t σx and Ns = t σs stress resultants. and Mh.2 Shear stress associated to shear forces The simple beam theory expressions given in the preceding section permit evaluation the longitudinal component of the primary stress. has a value of approximately 0. given by | εs / εx | = ν. Transverse Stresses: With regards to the validity of the Navier Equation (equation 29). it can be seen that Figure 18. in N/m N = t τ shear stress resultant or shear ﬂow. is the dominant component. For vessels without continuous longitudinal bulkheads As transverse plate boundaries are usually constrained (displacements not allowed).MASTER SET SDC 18. for instance.4. is the transverse coordinate measured on the surface of the section from the x-axis as shown in Figure 18.26). that is. The quantity ν is called Poisson’s Ratio and. for example. This might. likewise. however. This explains why these areas are usually reinforced.3. in ﬁrst approximation as: σs = ν σx [32] Equation 32 is only valid to assess the additional stresses in a given direction induced by the stresses in the perpendicular direction computed.26. a direct stress in the transverse direction and a shearing stress.26. Empirical interaction formulas between vertical bending. There are. Iv. I. Ih.5. locations in which the shear component becomes important and under unusual circumstances the transverse component may. horizontal bending and shear related to ultimate strength of hull girder are given in Subsection 18. the transverse stress can be taken. in m In many parts of the ship. a signiﬁcant improvement may be obtained by considering a longitudinal strength member composed of thin plate with transverse framing. For a given vertical bending (Mv). alternatively. are: ∂Nx / ∂x + ∂N / ∂s = 0 ∂Ns / ∂x + ∂N / ∂x = 0 [33-a] [33-b] where Mv.2. This ﬁgure illustrates these as the stress resultants. represent a portion of the deck structure of a ship that is subject to a longitudinal stress σx. σs = stresses in the longitudinal and transverse directions. in N/m where: σx. which expresses the relation between stress and strain in two dimensions. Hooke’s Law.6. in N/m2 t = plate thickness. c deﬁned in equation 29. for the vertical bending and the horizontal bending respectively. ch. The static equilibrium conditions for a plate element subjected only to in-plane stress. which is associated with σx. for steel and aluminum. the longitudinal stress. from the primary bending of the hull girder. the two strains will be of opposite sign and the ratio of their absolute values.3. deﬁned as the stress multiplied by plate thickness. εs. σ= Mv Mh + I v cv ) (I h ch ) ( [30] an element of side shell or deck plating may. A suitable procedure for estimating these other component stresses may be derived by considering the equations of static equilibrium of the element of plating (Figure 18. become important. in N/m2 τ = shear stress. 18. no plate bending. σx.qxd Page 18-25 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-25 ED: Correction on this equation is unclear. εx. As a result of the longitudinal strain.

Since only the vertical. At the deck/bulkhead intersection. Volume 1 (single cell). The sum Figure 18. x. and the rate of twist. or nearly vertical. 18.27 Shear Flow in Multicell Sections (1) Figure 18. This additional information may be obtained by considering the torsional equilibrium and deﬂection of the cellular section.m(s) t(s) I(x) (in N / m 2 ) [35] of the shear ﬂows at two locations lying on a plane cutting the cell walls will still be given by equation 34. or decks. Ordinarily the maximum value of the shearing force occurs at about one quarter of the vessel’s length from either end.28). Shear Flow in Multicell Sections: If the cross section of the ship shown in Figure 18. the shear ﬂow distribution. N(s) is then given by: V(x)  N (s) =  m (s)  I(x)  [34] and the shear stress. the shear ﬂow in the deck divides. the problem of ﬁnding the shear ﬂow in the boundaries of these closed cells is statically indeterminate.qxd Page 18-26 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-26 Ship Design & Construction. at any point in the cross section is: t(s) = where: V(x) = total shearing force (in N) in the hull for a given section x m(s) = V(x). requires additional information for its determination. members of the hull girder are capable of resisting vertical shear. τ . this shear is taken almost entirely by the side shell. is the ﬁrst moment (or moment 3 s = of area) about the neutral axis of the cross sectional area of the plating between the origin at the centerline and the variable location designated by s. However. will be constant along the length. which is constant along the length as shown in Figure 18.26 t(s) = thickness of material at the shear plane I(x) = moment of inertia of the entire section The total vertical shearing force. but the relative proportions of the part in the bulkhead and the part in the deck are indeterminate. the distribution of this sum between the two components in bulkhead and side shell. The way to proceed is extensively explained in Lewis (2). lies within this space and forms a convenient origin for the integration. tank tops. Equation 34 may be evaluated for the deck and bottom of the center tank space since the plane of symmetry at which the shear ﬂow vanishes. The maximum value of τ occurs in the vicinity of the neutral axis. single cell.28 Shear Flow in Multicell Sections (2) . This is the crosshatched area of the section shown in Figure 18. with m(s) equal to the moment of the shaded area (Figure 18. the deﬂection of the tube will consist of a twisting of the section without distortion of its shape. in m .29.28 is subdivided into two or more closed cells by longitudinal bulkheads.MASTER SET SDC 18. the expression for shear stress is more complex.3 Shear stress associated with torsion In order to develop the twisting equations. ∫o t ( s ) z ds. the continuous longitudinal bulkheads if present. having transverse symmetry and subject to a bending moment in the vertical plane. in the ship’s length may be obtained by the integration of the load curve up to that point. thin-walled prismatic section subject only to a twisting moment.27).4. at any point. The resulting shear stress may be assumed uniform through the plate thickness and is tangent to the mid-thickness of the material. dθ/dx. where the value of t is usually twice the thickness of the side plating (Figure 18. For vessels with continuous longitudinal bulkheads. Under these circumstances. V(x). and by the webs of any deep longitudinal girders. we consider a closed.3. MT.

therefore. in m Ip = Polar Inertia. These warping stresses can be calculated by a beam analysis. the section moduli are justiﬁably reduced base on bending. 0. There can also be an interaction between horizontal bending and torsion of the hull girder. Ω (m2) is the area enclosed by the mid-thickness line of the tubular cross section. Figure 18. there will be no longitudinal stress.3. should be gradually increased to keep the warping stress as small as possible. N (N/m). The twisting resistance of the thin material of which the tube is composed provides the only resistance to torsion in the case Figure 18. horizontal bending and torsion must be calculated. which have large hatch openings.L (in radians) G Ip [38] 18. On the contrary the torsional rigidity. especially in the forward hatches. it does result in signiﬁcant additional stresses on ships. N = tτ.MASTER SET SDC 18. perpendicular to the resultant shear ﬂow at location s: MT = ∫ r N ds = N ∫ r ds = 2 NΩ [36] Here the symbol indicates that the integral is taken entirely around the section and. In order to increase the torsional rigidity of the containership cross sections. in N. and only the shear stresses at the top and bottom edges need be considered in the expression for static equilibrium. Consider two circular tubes. Usually.29. such as container ships.29 Torsional Shear Flow (2).30. The equations for the twist of a closed tube (equations 36 to 38) are applicable only to the computation of the torsional response of closed thin-walled sections. the angle of torsion is: θ= where: MT = Twisting moment (torsion).4 Twisting and warping Torsional strength: Although torsion is not usually an important factor in ship design for most ships. may be computed by integrating the moment of the elementary force arising from this shear ﬂow about any convenient axis. is therefore seen to be constant around the section. Wave actions tending to bend the hull in a horizontal plane also induce torsion because of the open cross section of the hull. it has been established that special attention should be paid to the torsional rigidity distribution along the hull. Combined stresses due to vertical bending. Twisting of opened section: A lateral seaway could induce severe twisting moment that is of the major importance for ships having large deck openings.m L = Length of the girder. in N/m2 MT . in m4 G = E/2(1+ν). Since there is no longitudinal load. the shear Modulus. longitudinal and transverse closed box girders are introduced in the upper side and deck structure. t = MT /2Ω [37] For uniform torsion of a closed prismatic section. The magnitude of the moment. The closed tube will be able to resist a much greater torque per unit angular deﬂection than the open tube because of the inability of the latter to sustain the shear stress across the slot. The relative torsional stiffness of closed and open sections may be visualized by means of a very simple example. which results in the shear center being below the bottom of the hull. MT. toward the ship’s ends.qxd Page 18-27 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-27 Now consider equilibrium of forces in the x-direction for the element dx. which takes into account the twisting and warping deﬂections. one of which has a longitudinal slit over its full length as in Figure 18. is then related to the applied twisting moment by: N = τ. From previous studies.ds of the tube wall as shown in Figure 18. The shear ﬂow.30 Twist of Open and Closed Tubes (2) . If r is the distance from the axis. The constant shear ﬂow.4.

MASTER SET SDC 18. including double bottom. is useful to the designer in determining the longitudinal stress along the shear-loaded edge. to the real breadth.3. if the longitudinal displacement of the elemental strips shown in Figure 18. 18. The term snaking is sometimes used in referring to this behavior and relates to both twisting and racking. another component of torsional resistance is developed through the shear stresses that result from this warping restraint. With the usual spacing of transverse bulkheads the effectiveness of side frames in resisting racking is negligible. double wall transverse bulkheads. It is a function ∫0 t 3 ds for a thin walled open section s ∑ b i t 3 for a section composed of n different i i =1 = plates (bi= length. 18. The resistance to twist of the entirely open section is given by the St.6 Effective breadth and shear lag An important effect of the edge shear loading of a plate member is a resulting nonlinear variation of the longitudinal stress distribution (Figure 18.m) where: ∂θ/∂x = twist angle per unit length.5 Racking and snaking Racking is the result of a transverse hull shape distortion and is caused by either dynamic loads due to rolling of the ship or by the transverse impact of seas against the topsides.30 is constrained. the closed ends of the ship.32). This is added to the torque given by equation 39. Figure 18. In the real plate the longitudinal stress decreases with increasing distance from the shear-loaded edge. closed. of the effective breadth.J ∂θ/∂x (N. Volume 1 of the open tube without longitudinal restraint. double side shell. contribute signiﬁcant resistance to racking. Racking in car-carriers is discussed in Chapters 17 and 34. However. the effect referred to by the term shear lag must be taken into consideration if an accurate estimate of the maximum stress in the member is to be made. etc. The ratio.31. and this is called shear lag. 2.4. be/b. the difference from the value predicted in equation 29 will be small. Transverse bulkheads resist racking if the bulkhead spacing is close enough to prevent deﬂection of the shell or deck plating in its own plane. J = torsional constant of the section.31 Snaking Behavior of a Container Vessel (2). The effect of the concentration of stiff and soft sections results in a distortion pattern in the ship deck that is shown in Figure 18.3. In ship structures. But in certain combinations of loading and structural geometry./m. that is. b. when bulkheads are widely spaced or where the deck width is small in way of very large hatch openings. in rad. warping strength comes from four sources: 1. ti = thickness) If warping resistance is present. the closed sections of the structure between hatch openings. torsionally stiff parts of the cross section (longitudinal torsion tubes or boxes. in m4 = 1/3 = 1 3 n [39] The angle between a deck beam and side frame tends to open on one side and to close on the other side at the top and reverses its action at the bottom. In many practical cases. side frames.qxd Page 18-28 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-28 Ship Design & Construction. This is in contrast to the uniform stress distribution predicted in the beam ﬂanges by the elementary beam equation 29. in association with their top and bottom brackets. Venant torsion equation: MT = G. Racking stresses due to rolling reach a maximum in a beam sea each time the vessel completes an oscillation in one direction and is about to return. Racking introduces primarily compressive and shearing forces in the plane of bulkhead plating. Figure 18. This may be conveniently done by deﬁning an effective breadth of the ﬂange member. 3.32 Shear Lag Effect in a Deck (2) . which can be approximated by θ/L for uniform torsion and uniform section. be. and 4.).4.

33. the remainder being empty. It is important to distinguish the effective breadth (equation 40) and the effective width (equations 54 and 55) presented later in Subsection 18. for ﬁrst approximation. therefore.3. which are especially simple to use. as well as general design practices. Actual deﬂection in service is affected also by thermal inﬂuences. No speciﬁc limits on hull girder deﬂections are given in the classiﬁcation rules. though its amount is usually relatively small. A semi-empirical approximation for bending deﬂection amidships is: where the dimensionless coefﬁcient k may be taken. In general.3. draft limitations and stability requirements may force the L/D ratio up. and may be found in Schade (26). also increase ﬂexibility. Figure 18. A real situation in which such an alternating load distribution may be encountered is a bulk carrier loaded with a dense ore cargo in alternate holds. which gradually increase nominal design stress levels. modern design requires that more attention be focused on ﬂexibility than formerly. The same inﬂuences. In a longitudinally framed ship. as 0.09 (2).33 gives the effective breadth ratio at mid-length for column loading and harmonic-shaped beam loading.3. 18.6.4.2 for plate and stiffened plate-buckling analysis. Additionally.8 Load diffusion into structure The description of the computation of vertical shear and bending moment by integration of the longitudinal load distribution implies that the external vertical load is resisted directly by the vertical shear carrying members of the hull girder such as the side shell or longitudinal bulkheads. but not its thickness. and workmanship.33 Effective Breath Ratios at Midlength (1) .qxd Page 18-29 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-29 of the external loading applied and the boundary conditions along the plate edges. are based on a limitation of the L/D ratio range. The required minimum scantlings however. using Figure 18.MASTER SET SDC 18. deﬂection due to shear is additive to the bending deﬂection.7 Longitudinal deﬂection The longitudinal bending deﬂection of the ship girder is obtainable from the appropriate curvature equations (equations 27 and 28) by integrating twice. as ships get larger. the bottom pressures are transferred principally to the widely spaced transverse web frames or the transverse bulkheads where Figure 18.4. together with a common approximation for both cases: be k L = 6 b b [40] w = k ( M L2/EI ) [41] The results are presented in a series of design charts. rigidity of structural components. such as a tanker. furthermore. An example of the computation of the effective breadth of bottom and deck plating for such a vessel is given in Chapter VI of Taggart (1). 18.

35 Vertical Stress Distribution in Passenger Vessels having Large Openings above the Passenger Deck . the loading q(x). Thus. If its sides are coplanar with the ship’s sides it is referred to as a superstructure. it is called a deckhouse. As the ship hull experiences a bending deﬂection in response to the wave bending moment. However. If its width is less than that of the ship. since here the structure is transformed abruptly from that of a beam consisting of the main hull alone to that of hull plus superstructure. the curvature of the superstructure may not necessarily be equal to that of the hull but depends upon the length of superstructure in relation to the hull and the nature of the connection between the two.σ(z) σ (z) = M x ( I )z Figure 18. local stress concentrations may be expected at the ends of the house. Two opposing schools of thought exist concerning the philosophy of design of such erections.qxd Page 18-30 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-30 Ship Design & Construction. by multiplying by E (aluminum)/E (steel) (approximately one-third).9 Hull/superstructure interaction The terms superstructure and deckhouse refer to a structure usually of shorter length than the entire ship and erected above the strength deck of the ship. Aluminum deckhouse construction is another alternative when the different material properties provide the required relief. Volume 1 they are transferred to the longitudinal bulkheads or side shell. again as localized shear forces. the principal objective is to determine the distribution of both in-plane Figure 18. In addition to the overall bending. If the erection material differs from that of the hull (aluminum on steel. that is.4. The stress distributions at the midlength of the superstructure and the differential deﬂection between deckhouse and hull for three different degrees of superstructure effectiveness are shown on Figure 18. especially upon the vertical stiffness or foundation modulus of the deck upon which the superstructure is constructed. Approximated stress distributions are presented at Figure 18. the other purposely isolates the superstructure from the hull so that it carries only localized loads and does not experience stresses and deﬂections associated with bending of the main hull. 18.34. The areas and inertias can be computed to account for shear lag in decks and bottoms. Recent works achieved in Norwegian University of Science & Technology have shown that the vertical stress distribution in the side shell is not linear when there are large openings in the side shell as it is currently the case for upper decks of passenger vessels. for example) the geometric erection area Af and inertia If must be reduced according to the ratio of the respective material moduli. This may be accomplished in long superstructures (>0. applied to the side shell or the longitudinal bulkhead will consist of a distributed part due to the direct transfer of load into the member from the bottom or deck structure.50 for a catamaran passenger vessel (28).4 Secondary Response In the case of secondary structural response. This leads to a discontinuity in the shear curve at the bulkheads and webs. the superstructure is forced to bend also. Further details on the design considerations for deckhouses and superstructures may be found in Evans (27) and Taggart (1).35. in reality. plus a concentrated part at each bulkhead or web frame.4. One attempts to make the superstructure effective in contributing to the overall bending strength of the hull. The reduced slope. for the upper deck has been found equal to 0.5Lpp) by cutting the deckhouse into short segments by means of expansion joints. The behavior of the superstructure is similar to that of a beam on an elastic foundation loaded by a system of normal forces and shear forces at the bond to the hull.3.MASTER SET SDC 18. θ.34 Three Interaction Levels between Superstructure and Hull (1) z Passenger deck Neutral axis σr (z) =θ . 18. The prediction of the structural behavior of a superstructure constructed above the strength deck of the hull has facets involving both the general bending response and important localized effects.

v. In principle. This procedure can be applied globally to all the stiffened panels that compose a parallel section of a ship. deﬂection and stress over the length and width dimensions of a stiffened panel.y) 4 2 ∂y 2 ∂x ∂x ∂y 4 [42] Figure 18. which may be thought of as forming a part of the ﬂanges of the stiffeners.36). The maximum secondary stress may be found in the plate itself. and also from the shear stress in the plane of the plate. each embodying certain simplifying assumptions: 1) orthotropic plate theory.y) = is the distributed normal pressure load per unit area Note that the behavior of the isotropic plate. that is. typically a cargo hold. is seen to be a two-dimensional problem while the primary response is essentially one-dimensional in character. an analytical solution of u.36 A Stiffened Panel with Uniformly Distributed Longitudinals. Remember that the primary response involves the determination of only the in-plane load. as plates are particular cases of the cylindrical shells having a very large radius. A second type of interaction arises from the two-dimensional stress pattern in the plate. It is based on the differential equations of stiffened cylindrical shells (linear theory). one having uniform ﬂexural properties in all directions.w) can also be expanded in sin and cosine. in addition to ∂4w ∂4w ∂4w + a2 + a3 = p (x. A system of three differential equations.y) can be obtained for each stiffened panel.4. as used in the present context. a2. and w(x. since these ﬂanges are at a greater distance than the plate member from the neutral axis of the combined plate-stiffener. At least four different procedures have been employed for obtaining the structural behavior of stiffened plate panels under normal loading. is a special case of the orthotropic plate problem. Fourier series expansions are used to model the loads.MASTER SET SDC 18. the structure is idealized by assuming that the structural properties of the stiffeners may be approximated by their average values. The plate contribution to the beam bending stiffness arises from the direct longitudinal stress in the plate adjacent to the stiffener. therefore. When the plating is absent the module is a grid or grillage of beam members only. the solution for the deﬂection and stress in the stiffened panel may be thought of as a solution for the response of a system of orthogonal intersecting beams. 4 Webframes. The secondary response. which are assumed to be distributed uniformly over the width or length of the plate. and stress as they vary over the length of the ship. similar to equation 42. The orthotropic plate method is best suited to a panel in which the stiffeners are uniform in size and spacing and closely spaced. v.qxd Page 18-31 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-31 and normal loading. Assuming that the displacements (u. but more frequently it is found in the free ﬂanges of the stiffeners. . An advanced orthotropic procedure has been implemented by Rigo (29.4. rather than a stiffened panel. 2) beam-on-elastic- foundation theory. and 4) the ﬁnite element method (FEM). a3 = express the average ﬂexural rigidity of the orthotropic plate in the two directions w(x. is established (8th order coupled differential equations).30) into a computer-based scheme for the optimum structural design of the midship section. deﬂection. Stiffened plates and cylindrical shells can both be considered. usually consists of a ﬂat plate surface with its attached stiffeners. It has been said that the application of this theory to crossstiffened panels must be restricted to stiffened panels with more than three stiffeners in each direction. 3) grillage theory (intersecting beams). This approach has three main advantages. In applying this theory to panels having discrete stiffeners.y) = is the deﬂection of the plate in the normal direction p(x. Then. and 3 Girders. 18. The deﬂections and stresses in the resulting continuum are then obtained from a solution of the orthotropic plate deﬂection differential equation: a1 where: a1. Orthotropic plate theory refers to the theory of bending of plates having different ﬂexural rigidities in the two orthogonal directions. modiﬁed by the transverse stress effects. transverse frames and/or girders (Figure 18.1 Stiffened panels A stiffened panel of structure. First the plate bending behavior (w) and the inplane membrane behavior (u and v) are analyzed simultaneously.

and location of the panel are such that the pressure may be assumed constant over its area. and is given by: ∂4w ∂4w ∂ 4 w p (x.6 Transverse Strength Transverse strength refers to the ability of the ship structure to resist those loads that tend to cause distortion of the cross section. 18. The FEM approach is discussed in detail in section 18. 18. The beam on elastic foundation solution is suitable for a panel in which the stiffeners are uniform and closely spaced in one direction and sparser in the other one. Such a loading is normal to and distributed over the surface of the panel. In most cases the load that induces this response is a ﬂuid pressure from either the ∂4w + k w = q (x) ∂x 4 [43] water outside the ship or liquid or dry bulk cargo within. Each of these members is treated individually as a beam on an elastic foundation.4. the proportions.36 shows a typical stiffened panel that can be considered.5 Tertiary Response 18. It includes uniformly distributed longitudinals and web frames. It is known that the grillage approach may be suitable when the ratio of the stiffener ﬂexural rigidity to the plate bending rigidity (EI/bD with I the moment of inertia of stiffener and D the plate bending rigidity) is greater than 60 (31) otherwise if the bending rigidity of stiffener is smaller.MASTER SET SDC 18. Towards this end. an Orthotropic Plate Theory has to be selected. In many cases. for which the differential equation of deﬂection is. EI where: w = is the deﬂection I = is sectional moment of inertia of the longitudinal stiffener. Stresses and deﬂections are obtained by solving this equation for rectangular plates under a uniform pressure distribution. Volume 1 the ﬂexural rigidity (bending).7. including adjacent plating k = is average spring constant per unit length of the transverse stiffeners q(x) = is load per unit length on the longitudinal member The grillage approach models the cross-stiffened panel as a system of discrete intersecting beams (in plane frame). the deﬂection response of an isotropic plate panel is obtained as the solution of a special case of the earlier orthotropic plate equation (equation 42). the classiﬁcation society rules may contain requirements to ensure that local deﬂections are not excessive. When it is distorted into a parallelogram shape the effect is called racking. These members considered through Heaviside functions that allow replacing each individual member by a set of 3 forces and 2 bending moment load lines.1 Unstiffened plate Tertiary response refers to the bending stresses and deﬂections in the individual panels of plating that are bounded by the stiffeners of a secondary panel. the approach is suited for stiffeners uniform in size and spacing. Information (including charts) on a plate subject to uniform load and concentrated load (patch load) is available in Hughes (3). Tripping brackets are provided to support the ﬂanges.4. the inplane axial. Special attention must be given to rigidity of members under compressive loads to avoid buckling. Equation 44 is in fact a simpliﬁed case of the general one (equation 42). Special requirements also apply to stiffeners.5.qxd Page 18-32 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-32 Ship Design & Construction. and closely spaced but also for individual members. we . 18. The validity of modeling the stiffened panel by an intersecting beam (or grillage) may be critical when the ﬂexural rigidities of stiffeners are small compared to the plate stiffness.5. Figure 18. We recall that both the primary bending and torsional strength analyses are based upon the assumption of no distortion of the cross section. As previously noted. Finally. and they should be in line with or as near as practicable to the ﬂanges of struts. orientation. torsional. transverse shear and inplane shear rigidities of the stiffeners in the both directions can also be considered. and three prompt elements (girders). The torsional rigidity of the stiffened panel and the Poisson ratio effect are neglected.4.4.2.2 Local deﬂections Local deﬂections must be kept at reasonable levels in order for the overall structure to have the proper strength and rigidity. randomly distributed such as deck and bottom girders.y) +2 2 2 + = 4 D ∂x ∂x ∂y ∂y 4 where: D = plate ﬂexural rigidity E t3 12(1 − ν ) [44] = Et3 / 12(1 – ν) t = the uniform plate thickness p(x. each beam being composed of stiffener and associated effective plating. This is done by providing a minimum moment of inertia at the stiffener and associated plating.y) = distributed unit pressure load Appropriate boundary conditions are to be selected to represent the degree of ﬁxity of the edges of the panel. Thus.

the tertiary response is discarded. they recommend to combined stresses from secondary response and tertiary response. This is the traditional way followed by the classiﬁcation societies. in turn. Such an uncoupled procedure is convenient to use but does not reﬂect reality. In performing and interpreting such a linear superposition. and upon environmental effects. the transverse structural response involves pronounced interaction between transverse and longitudinal structural members. may be obtained using a theory that involves certain simpliﬁca- . it is not always possible to separate the different responses. Ideally. and the weights and inertias of the structure and hold contents. See Subsection 18. ships having largely open interior structure (minimum transverse bulkheads) such as auto carriers.2—Structural Finite Element Models (Figure 18. a maximum longitudinal stress induced by the hull girder bending moment. • all types of ships: torsional and racking effects caused by asymmetric motions of roll. Certain structural members. containers and RO-RO ships. for example. As a ﬁrst approximation. 18. Unfortunately.7. as for instance.3).57). These members provide support to and interact with longitudinal members by transferring loads from one part of a structure to another. several considerations affecting the accuracy and signiﬁcance of the resulting stress values must be borne in mind.7 Superposition of Stresses In plating. can be assessed separately from the other stresses. Thus some of the loads acting on the transverse strength members are also the loads of concern in longitudinal strength considerations. Nevertheless the lateral load can be considered in the buckling formulation (Subsection 18. The bulkheads. each response induces longitudinal stresses. Inﬂuence of longitudinal girders on the frame would be represented by elastic attachments having ﬁnite spring constants (similar to equation 43). secondary and tertiary responses are combined for yielding assessment. As previously noted. all the longitudinal stresses have to be added. First. transfer these loads as vertical shears into the side shell. The principal loading consists of the water pressure distribution around the ship. the loads and theoretical procedures used in computing the stress components may not be of the same accuracy or reliability. such a procedure is very sensitive to the spring location and the boundary conditions. For this reason.MASTER SET SDC 18. • tankers having empty wing tanks and full centerline tanks or vice versa. The standard procedure used by classiﬁcation societies considers that longitudinal stresses induced by primary response of the hull girder. Typical situations requiring attention to the transverse strength are: • ship out of water: on building ways or on construction or repair dry dock. the von-Mises criteria (equation 45). as it does not induce in-plane stresses. sway and yaw. in plating and in members. secondary. • ore carriers having loaded centerline holds and large empty wing tanks. depending upon the type of ship. Such analysis can be easily performed using 2D ﬁnite element analysis (FEA). and • ships with structural features having particular sensitivity to transverse effects. Tertiary stresses should be added for fatigue analysis. The primary loading. and tertiary stress presuppose linear elastic behavior of the structural material. Similar cumulative procedure must be achieved for the transverse stresses and the shear stresses. These stresses can be calculated individually for each response. from the primary. For example. On the other hand. including transverse bulkheads and deep web frames. For buckling assessment. transverse stresses and shear stresses. With direct analysis such as ﬁnite element analysis (Subsection 18. Direct analysis does not follow this approach.6. All the stresses. the transverse response of such a frame may be analyzed by a two-dimensional frame response procedure that may or may not allow for support by longitudinal structure. its structural arrangement. mode of operation. the stress intensities computed for the same member may be superimposed in order to obtain a maximum value for the combined stress. At the end they are combined through a criteria.7.qxd Page 18-33 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-33 see that there is an inherent relationship between transverse strength and both longitudinal and torsional strength. These are combined through the von Mises criteria and compared to the classiﬁcation requirements. Classiﬁcation rules impose through allowable stress and minimal section modulus. a three-dimensional analysis is usually performed in order to obtain results that are useful for more than comparative purposes. must be incorporated into the ship in order to insure adequate transverse strength. The general subject of transverse strength includes elements taken from both the primary and secondary strength categories.2). which is usually for ship structure. The loads that cause effects requiring transverse strength analysis may be of several different types. Since all the methods of calculation of primary. the entire ship hull or at least a limited hold-model should be modeled. a portion of the bottom pressure loading on the hull is transferred via the center girder and the longitudinals to the transverse bulkheads at the ends of theses longitudinals. If calculated individually.4.

which results in the maximum primary stress. the maximum values of primary. and the primary bending stress may be computed by simple beam theory.1 von Mises equivalent stress The yield strength of the material. The stress criterion that must be used is one in which it is possible to compare the actual multi-axial stress with the material strength expressed in terms of a single value for the yield or ultimate stress. there are several theories of material failure in use. σyield. The ultimate strength is the highest level of stress achieved before the test specimen fractures. in this case. and will be approximately constant over the length of a midship panel. The ﬁrst of these components (σ2). consider a panel of bottom structure with longitudinal framing. is deﬁned as the measured stress at which appreciable nonlinear behavior accompanied by permanent plastic deformation of the material occurs.21 and 18. of course. the three stress components may not necessarily occur at the same instant in time as the ship moves through waves. does not necessarily occur in phase with the maximum local pressure on a midship panel of bottom structure (secondary stress) or panel of plating (tertiary stress).37 Deﬁnition of Stress Components (4) . but must be found by considering the combined stress effects at a number of different locations and times.MASTER SET SDC 18. The secondary stress will probably be greater in the free ﬂanges of the stiffeners than in the plating. From all these considerations. in many cases. It will be nearly equal in the plating and the stiffeners. σy and τ. are the center and any side longitudinal girders. is usually larger in the transverse than in the longitudinal direction. as given by equation 29. The forward and after boundaries of the panel will be at transverse bulkheads. Secondary stresses. For most shipbuilding steels. Second. The ﬁrst part (σ2) is associated with bending of a panel of structure bounded by transverse bulkheads and either the side shell or the longitudinal bulkheads. There will be a small transverse component in the plating. In certain cases. In the case of longitudinal stiffeners. in the plate where biaxial stresses occur. The second part. 18. since the combined neutral axis of the stiffener/plate combination is usually near the plate-stiffener joint. there will be an appreciable shear stress component present in the plate. the yield and tensile strengths in tension and compression are assumed equal. The one usually considered the most suitable for ductile materials such as ship steel is referred to as the von Mises Theory: σe = σ2 + σ2 − σx σy + 3 τ2 x y ( ) 1 2 [45] Consider a plane stress ﬁeld in which the component stresses are σx. is the stress resulting from the bending of the smaller panel of plating plus longitudinal stiffeners that is bounded by the deep web frames. In order to visualize this. which gives a reasonably good estimate of the mean stress in deck or bottom but neglects certain localized effects such as shear lag or stress concentrations. due to the Poison coefﬁcient. as a result of the proportions of the panels of structure.7. (σ2*).4. The primary stress (σ1) will act in the longitudinal direction. and the proper interpretation and assessment of the stress level will require the resolution of the stress pattern into principal stress components. and tertiary stress are not necessarily in the same direction or even in the same part of the structure. it is evident that. For this purpose. The principal stiffeners. The second (σ2*) is predominantly longitudinal. The maximum bending moment amidships. The nominal stresses produced from the analysis will be a combination of the stress components shown in Figures 18. The distortion energy states that Figure 18. secondary. which vary over the length of the panel. The maximum tertiary stress (σ3) happens.37. the maximum panel tertiary stress will act in the transverse direction (normal to the framing system) at the mid-length of a long side. Third. the point in the structure having the highest stress level will not always be immediately obvious. Volume 1 tions in the hydrodynamics of ship and wave motion.qxd Page 18-34 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-34 Ship Design & Construction. are usually subdivided into two parts in the case of single hull structure. and the transverse web frames. and a shear stress given by equation 35.

and 3. Today. given by equation 45 exceeds the equivalent stress. namely: 1.6). it must be assumed that the allowable stress includes an adequate factor of safety. but basically. fatigue and accidental limit states because the partial safety factors associated with these limit states are generally different.4. Heretofore it has been difﬁcult to arrive at the minimum scantlings for a large ship’s hull by ﬁrst principles alone. A more elaborate description of the failure modes and methods to assess the structural capabilities in relation to these failure modes is available in Subsection 18. Classically. failure modes and methods of predicting their occurrence.5 LIMIT STATES AND FAILURE MODES Avoidance of structural failure is the goal of all structural designers.1. fatigue life must be calculated and a reduced permissible stress may be imposed to prevent fatigue failure (see Subsection 18.6. First yield is sometimes used to assess the ultimate state.85 and 0.qxd Page 18-35 4/28/03 1:30 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-35 failure through yielding will occur if the equivalent von Mises stress. or margin. σe. it seems more relevant to use for the steel structures four types of limit states. ultimate limit state. for these uncertain loading factors. which induce torsion or side bending in the hull girder. for instance for the ultimate hull bending moment. fracture that includes ductile tensile rupture. there are special strain requirements in way of the bonds for the containment system. yielding should be considered as a service limit state. A service limit state corresponds to the situation where the structure can no longer provide the service for which it was conceived.46).2 Permissible stresses (Yielding) In actual service. it is important to differentiate service. and the degree or severity of the failure may vary from a minor esthetic degradation to catastrophic failure resulting in loss of the ship. 4. against the permissible stress (or allowable stress). high tensile steel. corresponding to yielding of the material test specimen. fatigue limit state. collapse occurs later. and accidental limit state. from the viewpoint of structural design. for LNG carriers. [46] states. This classiﬁcation has recently been adopted by ISO.) For special ship types. In practice. different permissible stresses may be speciﬁed for different parts of the hull structure. and to achieve this goal it is necessary for the designer to be aware of the potential limit states. a ship may be subjected to bending in the inclined position and to other forces. Fatigue can be either considered as a third limit state or.MASTER SET SDC 18. the s1 factor is usually taken between 0. 2. The ultimate limit state is symbolized by the higher point (C) of the moment-curvature curve (M-Φ). σe. Three major failure modes are deﬁned: 1. which depends on the loading conditions and method of analysis. In practice. For 20 years North Atlantic conditions (seagoing condition). and local cracking due to fatigue. including collision and grounding. service or serviceability limit state. Typically they relate to aesthetic. such as those. giving the result: σe ≤ σ0 = s1 × σy where: s1 = partial safety factor deﬁned by classiﬁcation societies. 18. For example. 2. An ultimate limit state corresponds to collapse/failure. for example: excessive deck deﬂection. functional or maintenance problem. 3. since the forces that the structure might be required to withstand in service conditions are uncertain. A classic example of ultimate limit state is the ultimate hull bending moment (Figure 18.5. which in turn can be expressed as equivalent stress requirements. For local areas subjected to many cycles of load reversal. low-cycle fatigue and brittle fracture.95 σy = minimum yield point of the considered steel (mild steel.6. compressive instability (buckling). vibration relates to service limit states. the margin against yield failure of the structure is obtained by a comparison of the structure’s von Mises equivalent stress. not to mention the dynamic effects resulting from the motions of the ship itself. classically.7. the different limit states were divided in 2 major categories: the service limit state and the ultimate limit state. 18.1 Basic Types of Failure Modes Ship structural failure may occur as a result of a variety of causes. Accordingly. Most of the time. considered as a service limit state. Yield occurs when the stress in a structural member exceeds a level that results in a permanent plastic deforma- 18. elastic buckling in a plate. The material yield strength may also be expressed through an equivalent stress at failure: σ0 = σyield (= σy). ultimate. σο. Even if it is also a matter of discussion. This section presents the basic types of failure modes and associated limit . tensile or compressive yield of the material (plasticity). etc. σ0. but do not lead to collapse.

6.6.1 Failure Modes Classiﬁcation The types of failure that may occur in ship structures are generally those that are characteristic of structures made up of stiffened panels assembled through welding. the plate may return to its original un-deformed conﬁguration (for elastic buckling). and • vibration and noise. the orthotropic stiffened panel or grillage (Level 2) and the interframe longitudinally stiffened panel (Level 3) or its simpliﬁed modeling: the beam-column (Level 3b).38 presents the different structure levels: the global structure. Yield must be considered as a serviceability limit state.44a) is the unstiffened plate between two longitudinals and two transverse frames (also called bare plate). failure is initiated in the form of small cracks. Volume 1 tion of the material of which the member is constructed. The control of brittle fracture involves a combination of design and inspection standards aimed toward the prevention of stress concentrations. Exposure to such load conditions may result in the occurrence of low-cycle fatigue cracks after an interval of a few years. and the selection of steels having a high degree of notch toughness. The load at which instability or buckling occurs is a function of member geometry and material elasticity modulus.6. the ability of the member to withstand loading is reduced below the level of the applied load. Level 4 (Figure 18. Quality control during construction and in-service inspection form key elements in a program of fracture control. While many structural design criteria are based upon the prevention of any yield whatsoever. slenderness. exceeding this load by a small margin will not necessarily result in complete collapse of the plate but only in an elastic deﬂection of the central portion of the plate away from its initial plane. edge support conditions and material elasticity modulus. Conceptually. The most common example of an instability failure is the buckling of a simple column under a compressive load that equals or exceeds the Euler Critical Load. usually a cargo hold (Level 1).6. High-cycle fatigue involves several millions of cycles of relatively low stress (less than yield) and is typically encountered in machine parts rotating at high speed or in structural components exposed to severe and prolonged vibration.6 ASSESSMENT OF THE STRUCTURAL CAPACITY 18.MASTER SET SDC 18.6) is often found to play an important role in the initiation and early growth of such originating cracks. lateral dimensions. rather than material strength. fracture of the material occurs. especially at low temperatures. each cycle of stress causes some small but irreversible damage within the material and.8. In high-cycle fatigue. Collision and Grounding is discussed in Subsection 18. Fatigue failure occurs as a result of a cumulative effect in a structural member that is exposed to a stress pattern alternating from tension to compression through many cycles. At a somewhat higher stress. it should be observed that localized yield in some portions of a structure is acceptable. which may result in cracks being initiated after several thousand cycles. termed the ultimate stress. however. after the accumulation of enough such damage. Once begun. In contrast to the column. Concerning brittle fracture. These cracks may grow to serious size if they are not detected and repaired. up to and beyond yield. The term brittle fracture refers to the fact that below a certain temperature. while it could fall into the serviceability limit state. This stress level is termed the material yield stress. A plate in compression also will have a critical buckling load whose value depends on the plate thickness. Vibration as well as noise is not a failure mode. Fatigue (Subsection 18. Figure 18. Low-cycle fatigue involves higher stress levels. Instability and buckling failure of a structural member loaded in compression may occur at a stress level that is substantially lower than the material yield stress. Two categories of fatigue damage are generally recognized and they are termed high-cycle and lowcycle fatigue. in the case of a stiffened panel. yield may propagate rapidly throughout the entire plate or stiffened panel with further increase in load. The loading environment that is typical of ships and ocean structures is of such a nature that the cyclical stresses may be of a relatively low level during the greater part of the time. that is.qxd Page 18-36 4/28/03 1:30 PM 18-36 Ship Design & Construction.7 and Vibration in Subsection 18. The ultimate load that may be carried by a buckled plate is determined by the onset of yielding at some point in the plate material or in the stiffeners. In addition to these three failure modes. The originating crack is usually found to have started as a result of poor design or manufacturing practice. After removal of the load. The word grillage should be reserve to a structure com- . which grow slowly and which may often be detected and repaired before the structure is endangered. additional modes are: • collision and grounding. The prevention of brittle fracture is largely a matter of material selection and proper attention to the design of structural details in order to avoid stress concentrations. the ultimate tensile strength of steel diminishes sharply (lower impact energy). with occasional periods of very high stress levels caused by storms. 18. small cracks suddenly begin to grow and travel almost explosively through a major portion of the structure.

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posed of a grid of beams (without attached plating). When the grid is ﬁxed on a plate, orthotropic stiffened panel seems to the authors more adequate to deﬁne a panel that is orthogonally stiffened, and having thus orthotropic properties. The relations between the different failure modes and structure levels can be summarized as follows: • Level 1: Ultimate bending moment, Mu, of the global structure (Figure 18.46). • Level 2: Ultimate strength of compressed orthotropic stiffened panels (σu), σu = min [σu (mode i)], i = I to VI, the 6 considered failure modes. • Level 3: Mode I: Overall buckling collapse (Figure 18.44d), Mode II: Plate/Stiffener Yielding Mode III: Pult of interframe panels with a plate-stif ener combination (Figure 18.44b) using a beam-column model (Level 3b) or an orthotropic model (Level 3), considering:

— plate induced failure (buckling) — stiffener induced failure (buckling or yielding) Mode IV and V: Instability of stiffeners (local buckling, tripping—Figure 18.44c) Mode VI: Gross Yielding • Level 4: Buckling collapse of unstiffened plate (bare plate, Figure 18.44a). To avoid collapse related to the Mode I, a minimal rigidity is generally imposed for the transverse frames so that an interframe panel collapse (Mode III) always occurs prior to overall buckling (Mode I). It is a simple and easy constraint to implement, thus avoiding any complex calculation of overall buckling (mode I). Note that the failure Mode III is inﬂuenced by the buckling of the bare plate (elementary unstiffened plate). Elastic buckling of theses unstiffened plates is usually not considered as an ultimate limit state (failure mode), but rather as a service limit state. Nevertheless, plate buckling (Level 4) may signiﬁcantly affect the ultimate strength of the stiffened panel (Level 3). Sources of the failures associated with the serviceability or ultimate limit states can be classiﬁed as follows: 18.6.1.1 Stiffened panel failure modes Service limit state • Upper and lower bounds (Xmin≤X≤Xmax): plate thickness, dimensions of longitudinals and transverse stiffeners (web, ﬂange and spacing). • Maximum allowable stresses against ﬁrst yield (Subsection 18.4.7) • Panel and plate deﬂections (Subsections 18.4.4.1 and 18.4.5.2), and deﬂection of support members. • Elastic buckling of unstiffened plates between two longitudinals and two transverse stiffeners, frames or bulkheads (Subsection 18.6.3), • Local elastic buckling of longitudinal stiffeners (web and ﬂange). Often the stiffener web/ﬂange buckling does not induce immediate collapse of the stiffened panel as tripping does. It could therefore be considered as a serviceability ultimate limit state. However, this failure mode could also be classiﬁed into the ultimate limit state since the plating may sometimes remain without stiffening once the stiffener web buckles. • Vibration (Sub-ection 18.6.8) • Fatigue (Sub-ection 18.6.6) Ultimate limit state (Subsection 18.6.4).

Figure 18.38 Structural Modeling of the Structure and its Components

• Overall collapse of orthotropic panels (entire stiffened plate structure),

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• Collapse of interframe longitudinally stiffened panel, including torsional-ﬂexural (lateral-torsional) buckling of stiffeners (also called tripping). 18.6.1.2 Frame failure modes Service limit state (Subsection 18.4.6). • Upper and lower bounds (Xmin ≤ X ≤ Xmax), • Minimal rigidity to guarantee rigid supports to the interframe panels (between two transverse frames). • Allowable stresses under the resultant forces (bending, shear, torsion) — Elastic analysis, — Elasto-plastic analysis. • Fatigue (Subsection 18.6.6) Ultimate limit state • Frame bucklings: These failures modes are considered as ultimate limit states rather than a service limit state. If one of them appears, the assumption of rigid supports is no longer valid and the entire stiffened panel can reach the ultimate limit state. — Buckling of the compressed members, — Local buckling (web, ﬂange). 18.6.1.3 Hull Girder Collapse modes Service limit state • Allowable stresses and ﬁrst yield (Subsection 18.4.3.1), • Deﬂection of the global structure and relative deﬂections of components and panels (Subsection 18.4.3.7). Ultimate limit state • Global ultimate strength (of the hull girder/box girder). This can be done by considering an entire cargo hold or only the part between two transverse web frames (Subsection 18.6.5). Collapse of frames is assumed to only appear after the collapse of panels located between these frames. This means that it is sufﬁcient to verify the box girder ultimate strength between two frames to be protected against a more general collapse including, for instance, one or more frame spans. This approach can be un-conservative if the frames are not stiff enough. • Collision and grounding (Subsection 18.6.7), which is in fact an accidental limit state. A relevant comparative list of the limit states was deﬁned by the Ship Structure Committee Report No 375 (32).

18.6.2 Yielding As explained in Subsection 18.5.1 yield occurs when the stress in a structural component exceeds the yield stress. It is necessary to distinguish between ﬁrst yield state and fully plastic state. In bending, ﬁrst yield corresponds to the situation when stress in the extreme ﬁber reaches the yield stress. If the bending moment continues to increase the yield area is growing. The ﬁnal stage corresponds to the Plastic Moment (Mp), where, both the compression and tensile sides are fully yielded (as shown on Figure 18.47). Yield can be assessed using basic bending theory, equation 29, up to complex 3D nonlinear FE analysis. Design criteria related to ﬁrst yield is the von Mises equivalent stress (equation 45). Yielding is discussed in detail in Section 18.4. 18.6.3 Buckling and Ultimate Strength of Plates A ship stiffened plate structure can become unstable if either buckling or collapse occurs and may thus fail to perform its function. Hence plate design needs to be such that instability under the normal operation is prevented (Figure 18.44a). The phenomenon of buckling is normally divided into three categories, namely elastic buckling, elastic-plastic buckling and plastic buckling, the last two being called inelastic buckling. Unlike columns, thin plating buckled in the elastic regime may still be stable since it can normally sustain further loading until the ultimate strength is reached, even if the in-plane stiffness signiﬁcantly decreases after the inception of buckling. In this regard, the elastic buckling of plating between stiffeners may be allowed in the design, sometimes intentionally in order to save weight. Since signiﬁcant residual strength of the plating is not expected after buckling occurs in the inelastic regime, however, inelastic buckling is normally considered to be the ultimate strength of the plate. The buckling and ultimate strength of the structure depends on a variety of inﬂuential factors, namely geometric/material properties, loading characteristics, fabrication related imperfections, boundary conditions and local damage related to corrosion, fatigue cracking and denting. 18.6.3.1 Direct Analysis In estimating the load-carrying capacity of plating between stiffeners, it is usually assumed that the stiffeners are stable and fail only after the plating. This means that the stiffeners should be designed with proper proportions that help attain such behavior. Thus, webs, faceplates and ﬂanges of the stiffeners or support members have to be proportioned so that local instability is prevented prior to the failure of plating.

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Four load components, namely longitudinal compression/tension, transverse compression/tension, edge shear and lateral pressure loads, are typically considered to act on ship plating between stiffeners, as shown in Figure 18.39, while the in-plane bending effects on plate buckling are also sometimes accounted for. In actual ship structures, lateral pressure loading arises from water pressure and cargo weight. The still water magnitude of water pressure depends on the vessel draft, and the still water value of cargo pressure is determined by the amount and density of cargo loaded. These still water pressure values may be augmented by wave action and vessel motion. Typically the larger in-plane loads are caused by longitudinal hull girder bending, both in still water and in waves at sea, which is the source of the primary stress as previously noted in Subsection 18.4.3. The elastic plate buckling strength components under single types of loads, that is, σxE for σxav, σyE for σyav and τE for τav, can be calculated by taking into account the related effects arising from in-plane bending, lateral pressure, cut-outs, edge conditions and welding induced residual stresses. The critical (elastic-plastic) buckling strength components under single types of loads, that is, σxB for σxav, σyB for σyav and τB for τav, are typically calculated by plasticity correction of the corresponding elastic buckling strength using the Johnson-Ostenfeld formula, namely:  σ E for σ E  σB =  σF  σ F  1 − 4 σ  E  where: σE = elastic plate buckling strength ≤ 0.5 σ F   for σ E > 0.5 σ F  [47]

σB = critical buckling strength (that is, τB for shear stress) σF = σY for normal stress 4 = σY √3 for shear stress σY = material yield stress In ship rules and books, equation 47 may appear with somewhat different constants depending on the structural proportional limit assumed. The above form assumes a structural proportional limit of a half the applicable yield value. For axial tensile loading, the critical strength may be considered to equal the material yield stress (σY). Under single types of loads, the critical plate buckling strength must be greater than the corresponding applied stress component with the relevant margin of safety. For combined biaxial compression/tension and edge shear, the following type of critical buckling strength interaction criterion would need to be satisﬁed, for example:
c σ xav σ yav  σ yav  σ xav  +   −α σ xB σ yB  σ yB  σ xB  

  τ av  + τ   B

c

  ≤ η B [48] 

c

where: ηB = usage factor for buckling strength, which is typically the inverse of the conventional partial safety factor. ηB = 1.0 is often taken for direct strength calculation, while it is taken less than 1.0 for practical design in accordance with classiﬁcation society rules. Compressive stress is taken as negative while tensile stress is taken as positive and α = 0 if both σxav and σyav are compressive, and α = 1 if either σxav or σyav or both are tensile. The constant c is often taken as c = 2. Figure 18.40 shows a typical example of the axial membrane stress distribution inside a plate element under predominantly longitudinal compressive loading before and after buckling occurs. It is noted that the membrane stress distribution in the loading (x) direction can become nonuniform as the plate element deforms. The membrane stress distribution in the y direction may also become non-uniform with the unloaded plate edges remaining straight, while no membrane stresses will develop in the y direction if the unloaded plate edges are free to move in plane. As evident, the maximum compressive membrane stresses are developed around the plate edges that remain straight, while the minimum membrane stresses occur in the middle of the plate element where a membrane tension ﬁeld is formed by the plate deﬂection since the plate edges remain straight. With increase in the deﬂection of the plate keeping the edges straight, the upper and/or lower ﬁbers inside the middle of the plate element will initially yield by the action of bending. However, as long as it is possible to redistribute

Figure 18.39 A Simply Supported Rectangular Plate Subject to Biaxial Compression/tension, Edge Shear and Lateral Pressure Loads

since the plate element can not keep the boundaries straight any further. resulting in a rapid increase of lateral plate deﬂection (33). an empirical formula obtained by curve ﬁtting based on nonlinear ﬁnite element solutions may be utilized (33). (a) Before buckling. Note that equation 44 is the linear differential equation. the plate ultimate edge shear strength. The occurrence of yielding can be assessed by using the von Mises yield criterion (equation 45). τu . Also. T: Tension. (b) Yield at transverse mid-edges under transverse uniaxial compression) tions are longitudinal mid-edges for longitudinal uniaxial compressive loads and transverse mid-edges for transverse uniaxial compressive loads. unloaded edges move freely in plane.40 Membrane Stress Distribution Inside the Plate Element under Predomianntly Longitudinal Compressive Loads. (a) Yielding at longitudinal edges: σ 2 max − σ x max σ y min + σ 2 min = σ 2 x Y y (b) Yielding at transverse edges: Figure 18. (b) After buckling. Because of the nature of applied axial compressive loading. lateral pressure loads and fabrication related initial imperfections. The following conditions for the most probable yield locations will then be found. Volume 1 Figure 18. based on equilibrium and compatibility equations. C: Compression).41. by solving the nonlinear governing differential equations of plating. with τB instead of σB). (a) Yield at longitudinal mid-edges under longitudinal uniaxial compression. On the other hand. Collapse will then occur when the most stressed boundary locations yield.qxd Page 18-40 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-40 Ship Design & Construction. The effect of lateral pressure loads on the plate ultimate edge shear strength may in some cases need to be accounted for. as shown in Figure 18.MASTER SET SDC 18. (c) After buckling.41 Possible Locations for the Initial Plastic Yield at the Plate Edges (Expected yield locations. unloaded edges kept straight [49a] σ 2 min − σ x min σ y max + σ 2 max = σ 2 y Y x [49b] the applied loads to the straight plate boundaries by the membrane action. the plate element will not collapse. is often taken τu =τB (equation 47. . the possible yield loca- The maximum and minimum membrane stresses of equations 49a and 49b can be expressed in terms of applied stresses.

that is. and if all four edges are simply supported. C. particularly for heavy stiffeners. edge shear and lateral pressure loads. If the load is applied uniformly to a pair of opposite edges only. The theoretical solution for critical buckling stress. the elastic plate buckling strength components under single types of loads may sometimes be calculated by neglecting the effects of in-plane bending or lateral pressure loads. D and E) where Boundary Conditions of Unloaded Edges are: SS: Simply Supported. kc. the resulting elastic buckling strength prediction would be pessimistic. which is taken as an integer satisfying the condition α = m (m + 1). one of the most common approaches is to assume that the plate will collapse if the maximum compressive stress at the plate corner reaches the material yield stress.MASTER SET SDC 18. in the elastic range has been found for a number of cases of interest. kc = 4. For long plate in . namely σx max = σY for σxav or σy max = σY for σyav. Another approximate method is to use the plate effective width concept. versus the aspect ratio. as follows: c σ xav σ yav  σ yav  σ xav  +   −α σ xu σ yu  σ xu   σ yu   τ av  + τ   u c   ≤ η u [50]  c where: α and c = variables deﬁned in equation 48 ηu = usage factors for the ultimate limit state σxu and σyu = solutions of equation 49a with regard to σxav and equation 49b with regard to σyav. For the simpliﬁed prediction of the plate ultimate strength under uniaxial compressive loads.3. without rotational restraints along the plate/stiffener junctions. but replacing the critical buckling strength components by the corresponding ultimate strength components. then kc is given by: m α 2 kc =  +   α m [52] where m is the number of half-waves of the deﬂected plate in the longitudinal direction. for 5 Conﬁgurations (2) (A. can also be obtain by equation 51 and the buckling coefﬁcient for simply supported edges is: kc = 5.qxd Page 18-41 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-41 For combined biaxial compression/tension. α = a/ b.34 + 4(b/a)2 [53] Figure 18. for simply supported edges. for different conﬁgurations of rectangular plates in compression. This assumption is relevant when the unloaded edges move freely in plane as that shown in Figure 40(b). This arises from the increased torsional restraint provided at the plate edges in such cases.6. B. τB. the last being usually regarded as a given constant secondary load. and for wide plate (a ≤ b) in compression.2 Simpliﬁed models In the interest of simplicity. the plate ultimate strength interaction criterion may also be given by an expression similar to equation 48. respectively 18. σB . kc = (1 + b2 / a2)2. which provides the plate ultimate strength components Here kc is a function of the plate aspect ratio. While the plate edges are often supposed to be simply supported. the critical buckling shear stress. C: Clamped. the boundary conditions on the plate edges and the type of loading.42 Compressive Buckling Coefﬁcient for Plates in Compression. the real elastic buckling strength with rotational restraints would of course be increased by a certain percentages. and F: Free [51] compression (a > b).42 presents. For rectangular plate subject to compressive inplane stress in one direction: σB = kc 2 π2E  t 12 (1 − ν 2 )  b  Figure 18. For shear force. a/b. Without considering the effect of lateral pressure.

τ (buckling control). the structural safety check is made with equation 48 against buckling and equation 50 against ultimate limit state being satisﬁed. a eu 0. σe. biaxial in-plane bending and lateral pressure. as the maximum longitudinal and transverse [55b] [55a] . 18. More charts and formulations are available in many books. transverse webs and deep beams are designed with proper proportions and stiffening systems so that their instability is prevented prior to the failure of the stiffened panels they support. In addition. σy. the design strength of plate (unstiffened panels) is detailed in Chapter 19. the following stress components may normally be considered for the buckling control: σ1 = stress from primary response. several stress combination must be considered.3. at given positions (yield control). including an example of reliability-based design and alternative equations to equations 56 and 57. Volume 1 under uniaxial compressive stresses (σxu and σyu). this arrangement corresponds to a typical ship stiffened panels (Figure 18. in a plate ﬁeld and phase angle associated with σy.43. can easily be excluded using membrane stresses. Subsection 19. for a large stiffened panel such as that in side shell of ships. 18. as follow: σ yu σ xu b a = eu and = eu σY b σY a [54] compression do not occur simultaneously. c2 = typically taken as c1 = 2 and c2 = 1 The plate ultimate strength components under uniaxial compressive loads are therefore predicted by substituting the plate effective width formulae (equation 55a) into equation 54. τ. double bottom bending). since the panel may collapse by failure of stiff- where aeu and beu are the plate effective length and width at the ultimate limit state.qxd Page 18-42 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-42 Ship Design & Construction. If FE-analysis is performed the local plate bending stress. the stiffeners are usually attached in one direction alone. a typical approach is exempliﬁed by Faulkner. σx. • for longitudinal axial compression (34). Hughes (3) and Lewis (2). for example.9 b 1. it is presumed that the main support members including longitudinal girders.43a).3 Design criteria When a single load component is involved. that is compression or tension. In a multiple load component case.5. the design criteria often consider that the panel can have stiffeners in one direction and webs or girders in the other. The number of load components acting on stiffened steel panels are generally of four types. However. namely biaxial loads.4. When the panel size is relatively small compared to the entire structure. the buckling or ultimate strength must be greater than the corresponding applied stress component with an appropriate target partial safety factor.9  0. in a plate ﬁeld and phase angle associated with σx.6. In many ship stiffened panels. Bleich (36). σy (buckling control). respectively. in a plate ﬁeld and phase angle associated with σx.4 Buckling and Ultimate Strength of Stiffened Panels For the structural capacity analysis of stiffened panels. σ3. σ3. who suggests an empirical effective width (beu /b) formula for simply supported steel plates. The stiffeners and webs/girders are attached to only one side of the panel. must therefore not to be included in the buckling control. the effect of in-plane bending may not be negligible. edge shear. In order to get σx and σy. σ2*. To ensure that the possible worst condition is met (buckling and yield) for the ship.6.9  = + 1−  a a β  β2 β2   where: σY β= b is the plate slenderness t E E = the Young’s modulus t = the plate thickness c1 . the inﬂuence of in-plane bending effects may be negligible. 1 for β < 1 b eu  c2 =  c1 b  β − β 2 for β ≥ 1  • for transverse axial compression (35). ECCS-56 (37). DNV (4) recommends: • maximum compression. • maximum compression.1. • absolute maximum shear stress. stresses from local bending of stiffeners (secondary response). as shown in Figure 18. While a number of the plate effective width expressions have been developed. For instance. As the lateral bending effects should be normally included in the buckling strength formulation. as follows. but for generality. τ (buckling control).MASTER SET SDC 18. and • maximum equivalent von Mises stress. and σ2 = stress from secondary response (that is. and local bending of plate (tertiary response).

This idealization may provide somewhat pessimistic. When the stiffeners are relatively stiff so that the plating between stiffeners buckles before failure of the stiffeners. (a) Stiffened Panel—Longitudinals and Frames (4). the average values of the applied axial stresses may be used by neglecting the inﬂuence of in-plane bending. In this case. The model should (a) (a) (b) (b) (c) (d) Figure 18. (b) Flexural buckling of stiffeners including plating (plate-stiffener combination. In stiffened panels of ship structures. with all edges kept straight. material properties of the stiffeners including the yield stress are in some cases different from that of the plate. (c) Lateral-torsional buckling of stiffeners (tripping—mode V). at least approximately. Edge Shear and Lateral Pressure Loads. Biaxial In-plane Bending. the ultimate strength is eventually reached by failure of the most highly stressed stiffeners. the stiffened panel typically behaves as an orthotropic plate. but adequate predictions of the ultimate strength of stiffened panels supported by heavy longitudinal girders. and (b) A Generic Stiffened Panel (38). the largest values of the axial compressive or tensile stresses applied at the location of the stiffeners are used for the failure analysis of the stiffeners. When the stiffeners are relatively small so that they buckle together with the plating. with zero deﬂection and zero rotational restraints along four edges. it is often assumed that the panel edges are simply supported.qxd Page 18-43 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-43 eners which are loaded by largest added portion of axial compression due to in-plane bending moments. mode III). .43 A Stiffened Steel Panel Under Biaxial Compression/Tension. transverse webs and deep beams. (a) Elastic buckling of plating between stiffeners (serviceability limit state).MASTER SET SDC 18. (d) Overall stiffened panel buckling (grillage or gross panel buckling—mode I). Today. direct non-linear strength assessment methods using recognized programs is usual (38). transverse webs and deep beams (or bulkheads). In this case. It is therefore necessary to take into account this effect in the structural capacity formulations. Figure 18.44 Modes of Failures by Buckling of a Stiffened Panel (2). For analysis of the ultimate strength capacity of stiffened panels which are supported by longitudinal girders.

The plate-stiffener combination approach (also called beam-column approach) models the stiffened panel behavior by that of a single “beam” consisting of a stiffener together with the attached plating. These approaches are similar to those presented in Subsection 18. 18. • Mode V: Stiffener induced failure—tripping of stiffener. level 3b).4. and more recently Paik (38). The orthotropic plate theory will then be useful for computation of the panel ultimate strength for the overall grillage collapse mode (Mode I. here. On the other hand. The degree of accuracy of the beamcolumn idealization may become an important consideration when the plate stiffness is relatively large compared to the rigidity of stiffeners and/or under signiﬁcant biaxial loading. Volume 1 be capable of capturing all relevant buckling modes and detrimental interactions between them. Figure 18.2 Simpliﬁed models Existing simpliﬁed methods for predicting the ultimate strength of stiffened panels typically use one or more of the following approaches: • orthotropic plate approach. Mansour et al (41. (31. Formulations of Herzog.4. The characteristic buckling strength for the plate is to be used. Stiffener induced failure: Deﬂection towards the plate associated with yielding in compression in top of the stiffener or torsional buckling of the stiffener.48). the stiffened panel is idealized as an equivalent orthotropic plate by smearing the stiffeners into the plating. The torsional rigidity of the stiffened panel. loading. Various column strength formulations have been used as . • plate-stiffener combination approach (or beam-column approach).6.MASTER SET SDC 18. In the orthotropic plate approach. stiffeners) and residual stresses can in some cases signiﬁcantly affect (usually reduce) the ultimate strength of the panel so that they should be taken into account in the strength computations as parameters of inﬂuence. Dowling et al (40). Plate induced failure: Deﬂection away from the plate associated with yielding in compression at the connection between plate and stiffener. • Mode IV: Stiffener induced failure—local buckling of stiffener web.44): • Mode I: Overall collapse after overall buckling. Many simpliﬁed design methods have of course been previously developed to estimate the panel ultimate strength. • Mode II: Plate induced failure—yielding of the platestiffener combination at panel edges. An example of reliability-based assessment of the stiffened panel strength is presented in Chapter 19. considering one or more of the failure modes among those mentioned above. Hughes and Adamchack are also discussed.qxd Page 18-44 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-44 Ship Design & Construction. The beam is considered to be subjected to axial and lateral line loads.44d). Assessment of different formulations by comparison with experimental and/or FE analysis are available (43-45). Some of those methods have been reviewed by the ISSC’2000 (39). Stiffened panels are asymmetric in geometry about the plate-plane. As an approximation. which is usually an important failure mode that must be considered in design. The failure mode of stiffened panels is a broad topic that cannot be covered totally within this chapter. and • Mode VI: Gross yielding.4. This necessitates strength control for both plate induced failure and stiffener-induced failure. namely. because of the interplay of the various factors previously noted such as geometric and material properties. the collapse of stiffened panels is then usually postulated to occur at the lowest value among the various ultimate loads calculated for each of the above collapse patterns.4. fabrication related initial imperfections (initial deﬂection and welding induced residual stresses) and boundary conditions. 18. The fabrication related initial imperfections in the form of initial deﬂections (plates. and • grillage approach.38. the buckling and the ultimate strength is considered. Calculation of the ultimate strength of the stiffened panel under combined loads taking into account all of the possible failure modes noted above is not straightforward. Hughes (3). The beam-column approach is useful for the computation of the panel ultimate strength based on Mode III.6.42). All have the same background but. This leads to the easier alternative wherein one calculates the ultimate strengths for all collapse modes mentioned above separately and then compares them to ﬁnd the minimum value which is then taken to correspond to the real panel ultimate strength.1 for linear analysis.46.1 Direct analysis The primary modes for the ultimate limit state of a stiffened panel subject to predominantly axial compressive loads may be categorized as follows (Figure 18. as representative of the stiffened panel (Figure 18. the Poisson ratio effect and the effect of the intersecting beams are all neglected. a few authors provide a complete set of formulations that cover all the feasible failure modes noted previously. • Mode III: Plate induced failure—ﬂexural buckling followed by yielding of the plate-stiffener combination at mid-span.

the so-called Johnson-Ostenfeld formulation is used to account for this behavior (equation 47). the Perry-Robertson formula and the PaikThayamballi empirical formula (equation 56) for on the column ultimate strength for a plate-stiffener combination varying the column slenderness ratios. with selected initial eccentricity and plate slenderness ratios. in the so-called Perry-Robertson formulation. slenderness ranges. Paik and Thayamballi (49) developed an empirical formula for predicting the ultimate strength of a plate-stiffener combination under axial compression in terms of both column and plate slenderness ratios. Interaction between bending axial a πr σ Y = E σY σE + 0. (m) a = span of the stiffeners. In most design rules of classiﬁcation societies.936 λ 2 + 0. three of the more common types being the following: • Johnson-Ostenfeld (or Bleich-Ostenfeld) formulation.995 and λ= where: r = radius of gyration 4 = √I / A.45 A Comparison of the Ultimate Strength Formulations for Plate-stiffener Combinations under Axial Compression (η relates to the initial deﬂection) . • Perry-Robertson formulation.188 λ 2 β 2 − 0. (m) Note that A.17 β 2 + 0. Figure 18. the strength expression assumes that the stiffener with associated plating will collapse as a beam-column when the maximum compressive stress in the extreme ﬁber reaches the yield strength of the material. that is.MASTER SET SDC 18. (m) I = inertia. I. refer to the full section of the platestiffener combination. uncertainty assessment and as constraint in optimization package. the ultimate strength formulations are developed by curve ﬁtting based on mechanical collapse test results or numerical solutions.) they are very useful for preliminary design stage. the lower strength as obtained from either plate induced failure or stiffener-induced failure is adopted herein. In empirical approaches.. based on existing mechanical collapse test data for the ultimate strength of stiffened panels under axial compression and with initial imperfections (initial deﬂections and residual stresses) at an average level.. On the other hand. without considering an effective plating. . Even if limited to a range of applicability (load types. and • empirical formulations obtained by curve ﬁtting experimental or numerical data. (m2) t = plate thickness. A stocky panel that has a high elastic buckling strength will not buckle in the elastic regime and will reach the ultimate limit state with a certain degree of plasticity. relevant empirical formulae for plate-stiffener combination models are also available. the Paik-Thayamballi empirical formula for a plate-stiffener combination is given by: σu = σY 1 0. etc. As an example of the latter type.qxd Page 18-45 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-45 the basis of the beam-column approach. r.067 λ 4 [56] and σu σ 1 ≤ 2 = E σY σY λ with b β= t Y σ E Figure 18. assumed level of initial imperfections. While a vast number of empirical formulations (sometimes called column curves) for ultimate strength of simple beams in steel framed structures have been developed. In usage of the Perry-Roberson formula. (m4) A = cross section of the plate-stiffener combination with full attached plating. Since the ultimate strength of columns (σu) must be less than the elastic column buckling strength (σE).45 compares the Johnson-Ostenfeld formula (equation 47). (m) b = spacing between 2 longitudinals.

Computation of Mu depends closely on the ultimate strength of the structure’s constituent panels. only the ultimate strength of each compressed panel (σu) is required. torsional moment. that is. The methods include the typical numerical analy- (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) Figure 18.47 shows several distributions corresponding to different methods. For stiffened panels following Mode I behavior. and • the average stress-average strain relationship (σ−ε). within the same failure mode (Flexural Buckling—Mode III).11 ). one must know in advance • the ultimate strength of each compressed panel (σu). For usual seagoing vessels axial force can be neglected. 18. For an approximate assessment. Mu and the curves M-φ. and the other is to perform progressive collapse analysis on a hull girder and obtain. for extreme load and ultimate strength. both. Accordingly.MASTER SET SDC 18.1 Direct analysis The direct analysis corresponds to the Progressive collapse analysis. approximate analysis. Then. is to calculate the ultimate bending moment directly (Mu. The ultimate bending moment (Mu) refers to a combined vertical and horizontal bending moments (Mv.46 shows that in sagging. Jensen et al (24) and Yao et al (50). the progressive collapse analysis does not need to know in advance this distribution. Mu is considered as being a relevant design case. (a) First Yield. Yao (51) contains an historical review and a state of art on this matter. against individual collapse modes I to VI noted above.5. but using the corresponding stiffened panel ultimate strength and stress parameters. σbottom = σ0 (σ0 being the yield stress). As the maximun shear forces and maximum bending moment do not occur at the same place. leads to three-failure scenario: plate induced failure. The applied axial stress components for safety evaluation of the stiffened panel following Modes II–VI behavior will use the maximum axial stresses at the most highly stressed stiffeners. Today. point C on Figure 18. Mh). On the other hand. 18. and particularly on the ultimate strength in compressed panels or components. or a single design criterion in terms of the real (minimum) ultimate strength components must be satisﬁed. vertical and horizontal shear forces and axial force. the safety check is similar to a plate.47 Typical Stress Distributions Used by Approximate Methods. to determine the global ultimate bending moment (Mu). respectively. stiffener induced failure or a combined failure of stiffener and plating (see Chapter 19 – Figure 19.Vh) not being considered. On the other hand. the deck is compressed (σdeck) and reaches the ultimate limit state when σdeck = σu. the approximate analysis. Either all of the six design criteria.6. the bottom is in tensile and reaches its ultimate limit state after complete yielding. there exist two main approaches to evaluate the hull girder ultimate strength of a ship’s hull under longitudinal bending moments. Figure 18.qxd Page 18-46 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-46 Ship Design & Construction. such as the Caldwell method.46 The Moment-Curvature Curve (M-Φ) Caldwell Modiﬁed (f) Plastic Bending Moment. Two major references related to the ultimate strength of hull girder are. the transverse shear forces (Vv. using average applied stress components. ultimate hull girder strength should be evaluated at different locations and for a range of bending moments and shear forces. 18. the ultimate bending moment only corresponds to one of the feasible loading cases that induce hull girder collapse.6. These loads induce vertical and horizontal bending moment. Both present comprehensive works performed by the Special Task Committees of ISSC 2000.4.3 Design criteria The ultimate strength based design criteria of stiffened panels can also be deﬁned by equation 50. to perform a progressive collapse analysis. Volume 1 compression and lateral pressure can. One. Figure 18.6. Basically. The ﬁrst approach. requires an assumption on the longitudinal stress distribution. . (b) Sagging Bending Moment (c) Evans (d) Paik—Mansour (e) Figure 18.46).5 Ultimate Bending Moment of Hull Girder Ultimate hull girder strength relates to the maximum load that the hull girder can support before collapse.

FEM: is the most rational way to evaluate the ultimate hull girder strength through a progressive collapse analysis on a ship’s hull girder. Nevertheless. This is because a ship’s hull is too large and complicated for such kind of analysis.49 Inﬂuence of Element Average Stress-Average Strain Curves (σ−ε) on Progressive Collapse Behavior. which consists of the following three steps (55). It allows calculating the ultimate bending moment through a 3D progressive collapse analysis of an entire cargo hold. a typical analysis may concern one frame spacing in a whole compartment (cargo tank). However. Today.MASTER SET SDC 18. with the development of computers.49b. which is a simpliﬁed procedure to perform progressive collapse analysis. (a) Average stress-average strain relationships of element. Figure 18.1.3. the position of the neutral axis along the length of the analyzed section and the difﬁculty to model the residual stresses. new elements to simulate the actual collapse of deck and bottom plating are actually underdevelopment. Idealized Structural Unit Method (ISUM): presented in Subsection 18. the investigation committee on the causes of the Nakhodka casualty performed elastoplastic large deﬂection analysis with nearly 200 000 elements (53). Step 3: To perform progressive collapse analysis.qxd Page 18-47 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-47 sis such as Finite Element Method (FEM) and the Idealized structural Element method (ISUM) and Smith’s method. Figure 18. it is feasible to perform progressive collapse analysis on a hull girder subjected to longitudinal bending with ﬁne mesh using ordinary elements. since 1983 results of FEM analyses have been reported (52). Both material and geometrical nonlinearities can be considered. the modeling and analysis of a complete hull girder using FEM is an enormous task. and (b) moment-curvature relationship of crosssection. Step 1: Modeling (mesh modeling of the cross-section into elements). A 3D analysis of a hold or a ship’s section is fundamentally possible but very difﬁcult to perform. For that purpose. For this reason the analysis is more conveniently performed on a section of the hull that sufﬁciently extends enough in the longitudinal direction to model the characteristic behavior. Step 2: Derivation of average stress-average strain relationship of each element (σ−ε curve).7. Such Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has shown that accuracy is limited because of the boundary conditions along the transverse sections where the loading is applied.49a. For instance. can also be used to perform progressive collapse analysis. Thus.48 The Smith’s Progressive Collapse Method (a) (b) Figure 18. Smith’s Method (Figure 18.48): A convenient alternative to FEM is the Smith’s progressive collapse analysis (54). These analyses have to be supplemented by information on the bending and shear loads that act at the fore and aft transverse loaded sections. . Figure 18.

48 shows that the σ−ε curves are used to estimate the bending moment carried by the complete transverse section (Mi). and the associated bending moment-curvature relationships (M-φ). stiffener ﬂexural buckling. Figure 18. Yao and Nikolov (61. The FEM can even be used to get these curves (Smith 54). Case C: With buckling but without strength reduction beyond the ultimate strength. This method may be a little un-conservative if the structure is predominantly subjected to lateral pressure loads as well as axial compression. the average stress-average strain relationship (σ−ε) of this stiffener element is derived under the axial load considering the inﬂuences of buckling and yielding. The M-φ relationship is free from the inﬂuences of yielding and buckling. The contribution will then also depend on the strain that is applied to it. without buckling). and • incremental curvatures and bending moments of the cross-section as well as incremental strains and stresses of elements are summed up to provide their cumulative values. With the increase in curvature. Case D: With buckling and a strength reduction beyond the ultimate strength (actual behavior). • the corresponding incremental bending moments are evaluated and so the strain and stress increments in individual elements. the bending moment shows a peak value for a certain value of the curvature. Many formulations and methods to calculate these average stress-average strain relationships are available: Adamchack (56). An interesting well-studied ship that reached its ultimate bending moment is the Energy Concentration (63). the maximum bending moment is the fully plastic bending moment (Mp) of the cross-section and its absolute value is the same both in the sagging and the hogging conditions. and is linear. For most of the methods. deviations such as shear lag. Case D is the actual case. This peak value is deﬁned as the ultimate longitudinal bending moment of the hull girder (Mu). The average stress-average strain curve (σ-ε) will then provide an estimate of the longitudinal stress (σi) acting on the section. the capacity of each structural member decreases beyond its ultimate strength. Individual moments about the neutral axis are then summed to give the total bending moment for a particular curvature φi. The accuracy of the calculated ultimate bending moment depends on the accuracy of the average stress-average strain relationships of individual elements. Figure 18.60) and. yielded regions spread in the side shell plating and the longitudinal bulkheads towards the plastic neutral axis. tripping. Four typical σ−ε curves are considered. Shortcomings and limitations of the Smith’s method relates to the fact that a typical analysis concerns one frame spacing of a whole cargo hold and not a complete 3D hold. Case B: Bi-linear relationship (elastic-perfectly plastic. In Step 2. but the ultimate strength is different in the sagging and the hogging conditions. Volume 1 In Step 1. In this case. Beghin et al (57). and if it is not realized that the transverse frames can deﬂect/fail and signiﬁcantly affect the stiffened plate structure and hull girder bending capacity. it is assumed that the structural components can continue to carry load after attaining their ultimate strength. beam-column element (stiffener and attached plate) and hard corner. and speciﬁcally on its distance from the current position of the neutral axis (Yi). The collapse behavior (M-φ curve) is similar to that of Case B.qxd Page 18-48 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-48 Ship Design & Construction. the deck initially undergoes yielding and then the bottom. interaction between adjacent elements. In this case. • ﬂexural rigidity of the cross-section is evaluated using the axial rigidities of elements. In Case B.).49 shows typical average stress-average strain relationships. The contribution of each element (dM) depends on its location in the section. where φ is the hull curvature and y is the distance from the neutral axis (simple beam assumption). Step 3 can be explained as follows: • axial rigidities of individual elements are calculated using the average stress-average strain relationships (σ−ε). warping and racking are thus ignored. Gordo and Guedes Soares (59. Dow et al (58). which are: Case A: Linear relationship (elastic). since ε = –y φ. For Cases C and D. the element strength is limited by plate buckling. typical element types are: plate element. It frequently is used as a reference case (benchmark) by authors to validate methods. where yielding takes place but no buckling. etc. For Case C. Main difﬁculties concern the modeling of initial imperfections (deﬂection and welding residual stress) and the boundary conditions (multi-span model. etc. . • vertical and horizontal curvatures of the hull girder are applied incrementally with the assumption that the plane cross-section remains plane and that the bending occurs about the instantaneous neutral axis of the cross-section.MASTER SET SDC 18. since the buckling collapse strength is different in the deck and the bottom. the cross-section of a hull girder is divided into elements composed of a longitudinal stiffener and attached plating. As simple linear beam theory is used.62).

 Mv   M vu where: Mv and Mh = vertical and horizontal bending moments Mvu and Mhu = ultimate vertical and horizontal bending moments a. Caldwell introduced a stress reduction factor in the compression side of bending.MASTER SET SDC 18.3 Design Criteria For design purpose. found that initial yielding strength of the deck can provide in general a little higher but reasonably accurate estimate of the ultimate sagging bending moment. Regarding the wave bending moment. The quality of the direct approximate method is directly dependent on the quality of the stress distribution at collapse. medium (M) and low (L) consequence of omitting capability (Table 18.0 for tankers. Each load component is supposed to act separately.2 Simpliﬁed models Caldwell (64) was the ﬁrst who tried to theoretically evaluate the ultimate hull girder strength of a ship subjected to longitudinal bending.qxd Page 18-49 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-49 18.67). Such methods aim at providing an estimate of the ultimate bending moment without attempting to provide an insight into the behaviour before. Main sensitive model capability with regards to the assessment of ultimate strength can be ranked in 3 classes.47). On this basis. Paik et al (70) proposes an empirical formulation that includes the shear forces in addition to the bending moments. and the fully plastic bending moment (Mp) cannot be attained. The grading of each method with respect to each capability is quantitatively performed by scoring 1 through 5. the plastic neutral axis is estimated using considerations of longitudinal equilibrium. In Caldwell’s Method. In 2000. many of the available methods were examined and assessed by an ISSC’2000 Committee (50). If buckling takes place at the compression side of bending. Several authors have proposed improvements for the Caldwell formulation (65). and Caldwell Modiﬁed Methods. high (H).5<a=b<1. after. That is. respectively. the most severe loading condition has to be selected to provide the maximum still water bending moment.47). various methods can be applied ranging from simple to complicated methods. Mansour et al (47) proposes a=1. It is assumed that at collapse the stresses acting on the members that are in tension are equal to yield throughout whereas the stresses in the members that are in compression are equal to the individual inelastic buckling stresses. the initial buckling strength of the bottom plate gives a little lower but accurate estimate of the ultimate hogging bending moment. These methods were reviewed by ISSC (68) and are often formulated as equation 57. He introduced a so-called Plastic Design considering the inﬂuence of buckling and yielding of structural members composing a ship’s hull (Figure 18. These in effect can provide a ﬁrst estimate of the ultimate hull girder moment. 18. but more precise discussions can be found in the ISSC 2000 report (24). a simple method based on an Assumed Stress Distribution can be used to obtain a rough estimate of the ultimate bending moment. there are some empirical formulations usually calibrated for a type of speciﬁc vessels (66. compressive stress cannot reach the yield stress. The ultimate bending moment is then the sum of individual moments of all elements about the plastic neutral axis. He idealised a stiffened cross-section of a ship’s hull to an unstiffened cross-section with equivalent thickness.8 based on analysis on one container. the value of the ultimate longitudinal bending moment (capability) has to be compared with the extreme bending moment (load) that may act on a ship’s hull girder. reduction in the capacity of structural members beyond their ultimate strength is not explicitly taken into account. Hu et al (69) has proposed similar formulations for bulk carriers.72). one tanker and 2 cruisers.6.5. b=2 and α= 0. On the other hand.IV). and more importantly.5.49). several authors have proposed empirical interac- tion equations to predict the ultimate strength. b and α = empirical constants For instance. collapse of the section. Yao et al (50).66 and α= 1. and the bending moment produced by the reduced stress was considered as the ultimate hull girder strength.6. the IACS uniﬁed requirement is a major reference (71. The tracing out of a progressive collapse curve is replaced by the calculation of the ultimate bending moment for a particular distribution of stresses. To estimate the extreme bending moment. At later stages. Interactions: In order to raise the problem of combined loads (vertical and horizontal bending moments and shear forces). Figure 18. a more accurate method such as Progressive Collapse Analysis with calculated σ−ε curves (Smith’s Method) or ISUM has to be applied. at early design stage. To evaluate the ultimate longitudinal strength. and Gordo and Soares (60) 1. Empirical Formulations: In contrast to all the previous rational methods. Based on the different sources of uncertainties (modela  Mh   + α  M hu    =1  b [57] . This may cause the overestimation of the ultimate strength in general (Case C. The committee concluded that the appropriate methods should be selected according to the designer’s needs and the design stage. Each of them is characterized by an assumed stress distribution (Figure 18.

Today. are given in: Almar-Naess (73). and weld and joint details. Niemi (76). curvature incrementation). The fatigue strength does not increase according to the yield strength of the steel. Fricke et al (74). It was assumed that fatigue resistance is implicitly included in the conventional safety factors or acceptable stress margins based on past experience. and so on. Maddox (75). Since the ship-loading environment consists in large part of alternating loads.6. which accounts for the magnitude of the stress. DNV (4). stress concentration factors.1 General Design criteria stated expressly in terms of fatigue damage resistance were in the past seldom employed in ship structural design although cumulative fatigue criteria have been used in offshore structure design. and later in local structures. Tools are available [58] but they are time consuming and there is large uncertainty of using simpliﬁed methods. Volume 1 TABLE 18. It should be noted that every welded joint and attachment or other form of stress concentration is potentially a source of fatigue cracking and should be individually considered. To ensure that the structure will fulﬁll its intended function.IV Sensitivity Factors for Ultimate Strength Assessment of Hull Girder. It involves examining crack growth and determining the number of load cycles that are needed for small initial defects to grow into cracks large enough to cause fractures. ship structures are highly sensitive to fatigue failures. σ−ε curves. 18. is given by: MS + s1 Mw ≤ s2 MU where: s1 = the partial safety factor for load (typically 1. and • a combination of simpliﬁed and reﬁned techniques. deﬁned by classiﬁcation societies. fatigue is found to be independent of the yield strength. Since 1990. reinforcements for openings in structural members and so on. Reliability-based fatigue procedure is presented by Ayyub and Assakkaf in Chapter 19. These authors also have contributed to this section.6. the fatigue problem became more imminent. The higher stress levels in modern hull structures using higher tensile steel have therefore led to a growing number of fatigue crack problems. In fact. For intact hull the design criteria for Mu. A bias of 10 to 15% must be considered as acceptable. NRC (77) and Petershagen et al (78). fatigue considerations become more and more important in the design of details such as hatch corners.6. This section gives an overview of feasible analysis to be performed.6 Fatigue and Fracture 18. The growth rate is proportional to the stress range. fatigue assessment should be carried out for each individual type of structural detail that is subjected to extensive dynamic loading. The initiation phase is not modeled as it is assumed that the lifetime can be predicted only using fracture mechanics method of the growing cracks (after initiation). Model Capability Plate buckling Stiffened plate buckling Post buckling behavior Plate welding residual stress M-φ curve (post collapse prediction) Plate initial deﬂection Stiffener initial deﬂection Stiffener welding residual stress Multi-span model (instead of single span) (see Figure 19.6. fatigue is maybe the most sensitive point at the detailed design stage. • more reﬁned analysis where loadings/load effects are calculated by numerical analysis. The fracture mechanics approach is obviously more detailed than the S-N curves approach.6.85) MS = still water moment Mw = design wave moment (20 year return period) 18. S-N curves. current crack size. The . S (or ∆σ) that is expressed in terms of a stress intensity factor. With the introduction of higher tensile steels in hull structures.12 – Chapter 19) Impact H H H H H M M M H ing. K. The Fracture Mechanics Approach is based on crack growth data assuming that the crack initiation already exists.MASTER SET SDC 18.` There are generally two major technical approaches for fatigue life assessment of welded joints the Fracture Mechanics Approach and the Characteristic S-N Curves Approach. the global uncertainty on the ultimate bending moment is usually large (55).10) s2 = the material partial safety factor (typically 0. A more complete description of the different fatigue procedures. at ﬁrst in deck and bottom to increase hull girder strength.qxd Page 18-50 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-50 Ship Design & Construction.2 Basic fatigue theories Fatigue analyses can be performed based on: • simpliﬁed analytical expressions.

(≅3 ≤ m ≤ ≅7) – Se= mean of the Miner’s equivalent stress range Se. with each being weighted according to fractional exposure to that level of stress range.51. However. the a and ao crack size. After. information on ship’s routes and operating char- ∫a a 0 da Ym [60] Equation 60 involves a variety of sources of uncertainty and practical difﬁculties to deﬁne. range of stress intensity factor. can be evaluated based on the models provided in Table 18. The propagation is not explicitly considered by the S-N curve approach. = ∆σ = σmax – σmin Y(a) = function of crack geometry. N= ∆A m k S Se m Figure 18. Se. Sm [59] logN = log (∆A) – m log (∆σ) where: [62] ∆ = fatigue damage ratio (≤ 1) log(∆A) = intercept of the S-N curve of the Log N axis –1 / m = slope of the S-N curve.Y(a) .51 Comparison between the Characteristic S-N Curve and Fracture Mechanics Approach . The crack propagation parameter C in this equation is treated as random variable (80). m = crack propagation parameters.MASTER SET SDC 18.50). Fatigue life prediction based on the fracture mechanics approach shall be computed according to the following equation: N= 1 C . deﬁned at Table 18.V (83). in more sophisticated models.qxd Page 18-51 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-51 basic equation that governs crack growth (79) is known as the Paris Law is: da = C . π a .50 A Typical S-N Curve [61] Figure 18.50) and on the assumption that fatigue damage accumulation is a linear phenomenon (Miner’s rule). The S-N curve approach related mainly to the crack initiation and a maximum allowable crack size. cracks propagate based on the fracture mechanics concept as shown in Figure 18. or number of loading cycles expected during the life of a detail The Miner’s equivalent stress range. ( ∆K) m dN where: a = crack size.50). in logarithmic form. Se (or the constant amplitude stress range for failure at N cycles) N = fatigue life. Fatigue life strength prediction based on both the S-N approach and Miner’s cumulative damage shall be evaluated with equation 61 or.V kS = fatigue stress uncertainty factor – ∆σ = kS. According to Miner (82) the total fatigue life under a variety of stress ranges is the weighted sum of the individual lives at constant stress range S as given by the S-N curves (Figure 18. for instance. S = constant amplitude stress range. State of art on the Fracture Mechanics Approach is available in Niemi (76) and Harris (81). ∆K = S. with equation 62 (Figure 18. The most reﬁned model would start with a scatter diagram of sea-states. (Kmax – Kmin) C. N = number of fatigue cycles (fatigue life). equation 60 is treated as a stochastic differential equation and C is allowed to vary during the crack growth process. The characteristic S-N curves approach is based on fatigue test data (S-N curves—Figure 18.

S-N curves are obtained from fatigue tests and are available in different design codes for various structural details in bridges. Geometric stresses include nominal stresses and stresses due to structural discontinuities and presence of attachments. structural detail and weld geometry and workmanship. typically. The design S-N curves are based on the mean-minus-two-standard-deviation curves for relevant experimental data (Figure 18. For vessels that will sail in more smooth sailing routes. For such model. Geometrical imperfections: The fatigue life of a welded joint is much dependent on the local stress concentrations factors arising from surface imperfections during the fabrication process. Under certain circumstances.6% probability of survival. only the most frequent loading conditions are included in the fatigue analysis. They are thus associated with a 97. In order to correctly determine the stresses to be used in fatigue analyses.qxd Page 18-52 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-52 Ship Design & Construction. It is therefore of major importance to include response for actual loading conditions. ∆. overlaps.7. and the critical value of the cumulative fatigue damage ratio. will depend on the ﬁneness of the model. and • other highly stressed structural details in the midship region and forebody. but rather as a mean to lower the fatigue damage when special circumstances have made it necessary. consisting of weld discontinuities and geometrical deviations. the various S-N curve correction factors. represented by the distribution of Hs and Ts. As guidance to the choice between these data sets. In practice.6. or on summation of damage from each short-term distribution in the scatter diagram (probabilistic and deterministic methods. other loading conditions may be used. it is important to note the deﬁnition of the different stress categories (Figure 18. but excluding stresses due to presence of welds. and use of a ship response computer program to provide a detailed history of stress ranges over the service life of the ship. the actual probabilities of failure associated with fatigue design lives is usually higher due to uncertainties associated with the calculated stresses. shear lag effects. Effect of grinding of welds: For welded joints involving potential fatigue cracking from the weld toe an improvement in strength by a factor of at least 2 on fatigue life can be obtained by controlled local machining or grinding of the weld toe. Geometrical imperfections are deﬁned as misalignment. Note that grinding of welds should not be used as a “design tool”. • strength deck in the midship region and forebody. incomplete penetration. This should be decided upon for each case.52). ships. excessive weld reinforcement and otherwise poor weld shapes. corrosion level. and offshore structures. representing the sea operation conditions. have to be included in the nominal stresses derived from stress analysis. The different analysis models described in Subsection 18. These will normally be ballast and full load condition. Volume 1 acteristics. the wave data given in accordance with this should be applied.6.MASTER SET SDC 18. Environmental conditions: The long-term distribution of load responses for fatigue analyses may be estimated using the wave climate. cracks. Cumulative damage: The damage may either be calculated on basis of the long-term stress range distribution using Weibull parameters (simpliﬁed method). or in other harsh environments. Fatigue areas: The potential for fatigue damage is dependent on weather conditions. like panel knuckles. The potential danger of fatigue damage will also vary according to crack location and number of potential damage points. For shuttle tankers and vessels that will sail frequently on the North Atlantic. This should be used as a reserve if the stress in special areas turns out to be larger than estimated at an earlier stage of the design.2 will therefore lead to different levels of result processing in order to complete the fatigue calculations. one should consider the average wave environment the vessel is expected to encounter during its design life. The world wide sailing routes will therefore normally apply. Surface weld discontinuities are weld toe undercuts. location on ship. such as FEA. However. the wave exceedance diagram (deterministic method) and the spectral method (probabilistic method) can be employed (Table 18. angular distortion. Some classiﬁcation societies use 90%. . some reduction in the fatigue damage accumulation can be credited when parts of the stress cycle range are in compression. 18. — longitudinal and transverse bulkheads.V). less harsh environmental data may be applied. ship type. derived from coarse mesh FE models. for example.3 Stress concentration and hot spot stress The stress level obtained from a structural analysis. Stress concentrations resulting from the gross shape of the structure. The stress range (S or ∆σ): The procedure for the fatigue analysis is based on the assumption that it is only necessary to consider the ranges of cyclic principal stresses in determining the fatigue endurance. Nominal stresses are those. Table 18. Time at sea: Vessel response may differ signiﬁcantly for different loading conditions. Since fatigue is a result of numerous cyclic loads. Fatigue strength assessment shall normally be carried out for: • longitudinal and transverse element in: — bottom/inner bottom (side). etc.50).V).

5 if not stated otherwise K3 = additional stress concentration factor due to eccentricity tolerance K4 = additionally stress concentration factor due to angular mismatch K5 = additional stress concentration factor for un-symmetrical stiffeners on laterally loaded panels. However. The K-factors in this document are thus deﬁned as K= σ notch σ nominal [63] the notch stress. ∆σ nominal [64] All stress risers have to be considered when evaluating Figure 18. Hot spot stress extrapolation procedure: The hot spot stress extrapolation procedure (Figure 18.qxd Page 18-53 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-53 Stresses derived from ﬁne mesh FE models are geometric stresses. are normally not included in FEA. Full stochastic fatigue analysis: The full stochastic analysis. using. K2 . should be evaluated before one of the approaches is chosen. This can be done by multiplication of Kfactors arising from different causes. This is especially the case for areas where wave or tank pressures in the surface region are of major importance. The method may. Hence. K4 . Hot spot stress is the greatest value of the extrapolation to the weld toe of the geometric stress distribution immediately outside the region affected by the geometry of the weld (Figure 18. are included. In practice.52 Deﬁnition of Stress Categories (4) . because of the small notch radius and the steep stress gradient at a weld. computer demands. or.6. 18. The notch stress range governs the fatigue life of a detail. This method usually will be the most exact for determination of fatigue damage and will normally be used together with ﬁne meshed stress concentration models. and must be separately accounted for. Notch stress is the total stress at the weld toe (hot spot location) and includes the geometric stress and the stress due to the presence of the weld. K5 where: K1 = stress concentration factor due to the gross geometry of the detail considered K2 = stress concentration factor due to the weld geometry (notch factor). a very ﬁne mesh is needed. is an analysis where all load effects from global and local loads. The resulting K-factor to be used for calculation of notch stress is: K = K1 . K2 = 1. however. etc. K2 (equation 65). alternatively. Nominal stresses found from other models should be multiplied with appropriate stress concentration factors (equation 65). all stress components are combined using the correct phasing and without simpliﬁcations or omissions of any stress component. not be suitable when non-linearities in the loading are of importance (side longitudinals). the stress concentration factors (K-factors) may be determined based on ﬁne mesh FE analyses. from the selection of factors for typical details. they all have advantages and disadvantages. applicable when the nominal stress is derived from simple beam analyses Fatigue cracks are assumed to be independent of principal stress direction within 45° of the normal to the weld toe.V.MASTER SET SDC 18. This is ensured by use of stress concentration models and direct load transfer to the structural model. The different approaches are therefore suitable for different areas. accuracy of the analysis. FE may be used to directly determine the notch stress. The notch stress may be calculated by multiplying the hot spot stress by a stress concentration factor.52) is only to be used for stresses that are derived from stress concentration models (ﬁne mesh).52).6. for instance (equation 65). or more precisely the theoretical notch factor. K3 . Today. This is due to [65] The relation between the notch stress range to be used together with the S-N-curve and the nominal stress range is S = ∆σ = ∆σ notch = K .4 Direct analysis Several S-N fatigue approaches exists. there is unfortunately no standard procedure. Effects caused by fabrication imperfections as misalignment of structural parts. The stress extrapolation procedure is speciﬁc to each classiﬁcation societies (74). For components other than smooth specimens the notch stress is obtained by multiplication of the nominal stress by K-factors (equation 63). Load effects. for example the Spectral Model of Table 18.

The load transfer functions. In this simpliﬁed approach. (83) 1.V Commonly Used Expressions for Evaluating Miner’s Equivalent Stress Range (Se). the extreme load response effect over a speciﬁed number of load cycles. the internal tank pressures. Hi. cut-outs and standard hopper knuckles) and areas where side pressure is of importance. This simpliﬁed approach only requires the consideration of one load case. Hi. Table 18. k. as: Hσ = where: Ai = stress per unit axial force deﬁned as the local stress response in the considered detail due to a unit sectional load for load component i. is determined. to deﬁne the long-term stress range distribution (Table 18. by a linear complex summation of the different transfer functions (4).) = gamma function k = Weibull shape parameter Nd = total number of stress ranges in design life the fact that all load effects result in one set of combined stresses. Suitable areas are components where geometric stress concentration factors.V). axial force. Suitable areas concern components where one load is dominating the response. normally include the global hull girder bending sectional forces and moments. deck areas and other areas without local loading. bracket and ﬂange terminations of main girder. Ησ = total transfer function for the combined local stress. Hi (equation 66). The Weibull shape parameter.V) is a simpliﬁcation to the previous component based stochastic fatigue analyses. Weibull Model for Stress Ranges (Simpliﬁed Method) m Se = ∑ i nb m fi Si → Se = m ∑ f i S im i nb Sd = stress range that is exceeded on the average once out of Nd stress cycles Γ(. It is easy and fast to perform but it can only be used if one load dominates the response and the results are very sensitive to selection of design wave. the pressures for all panels of the 3-D diffraction model. Wave Exceedance Diagram (Deterministic Method) m Se = ∑ f i S im i nb → Se = m ∑ f i S im i nb Si = stress range Fi = fraction of cycles in the ith stress block nb = number of stress block 2. making it difﬁcult to modify the stress caused by one of the load effects. stiffeners subjected to large relative deformations).6. bending moments. for example. for the stress response should be determined from the long-term distribution of the dominating load calculated in the hydrodynamic analysis. 18. plating. Few load cases have to be analyzed and it is possible to use simpliﬁed formulas for the area of interest but errors are easily made in the combination of stresses. Hi = transfer function for the load component i. k. Volume 1 TABLE 18. that is. are available (longitudinals. twisting and lateral load. ∆σ. The stress transfer functions. 104 cycles.MASTER SET SDC 18. The simpliﬁed design wave approach (Weibull Model. Hσ. are combined to a total stress transfer function. that is. The approach is suitable for areas where the stress concentration factors are unknown (knuckles. The derived extreme stress response is combined with a calculated Weibull shape parameter. The resulting stress range. ∑ AiHi i [66] (2 2 ) f0 m m Γ  + 1  2  ∑ γ i f i σ im i λ(m) = rainﬂow correction Γ(.qxd Page 18-54 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-54 Ship Design & Construction. Spectral Method (Probabilistic Method) m Se = λ(m) tions by use of load/stress ratios. K1. is then representative for the stress at a probability level of exceedance of 10-4 per cycle.5 Simpliﬁed models The stress component based stochastic fatigue analysis: The idea of the stress component based fatigue analysis is to change the direct load transfer functions calculated from the hydrodynamic load program into stress transfer func- .) = gamma function γι = fraction of time in ith sea-state fi = frequency of wave loading in ith sea-state σι = RMS of stress process in ith sea-state 3. manual deﬁnition of extra load cases may cause errors and simpliﬁcations are usually made in loading. This approach enables the use of separate load factors on each load component and thus includes loads non-linearities.6.

to reduce the outﬂow of pollutant cargoes in ship collision or grounding accident. for example.3 Simpliﬁed models Since the response of ships in collision or grounding accident includes relatively complicated behavior such as crushing. so that the ship can be towed to safe harbor or a repair yard as may be required.0 (m). the structural performance against design accident events will be assessed.5). w.5+DWT/20 000 (m) or w =2. 18.6. Design acceptance criteria may be based on the following parameters (87): . crude oil. for example. Simpliﬁed models for collision are rather different from those of grounding since both are different in the nature of the mechanics involved.7 Collision and Grounding 18. the designer’s target is to design structural details for which the fatigue failure happens after. is how to arrange or make the scantlings of strength members in the implicated ship structures such that the initial kinetic energy is effectively consumed and the structural performance against an accident will be maximized. while post-accident effects such as likely oil outﬂow are evaluated in the second step. additional stress concentration factors and the stress extrapolation procedure are typically deﬁned by the classiﬁcations societies.7.7. 18. the structural crashworthiness of ships in collisions and grounding must be analyzed using accurate and efﬁcient procedures (84). for instance. The primary concern of the accidental limit state design in such cases is to maintain the water tightness of ship compartments.6. Of crucial importance. Then. If the ﬁrst failure only happens after 30 years or later. • spillage amount of hazardous cargo.6 Design criteria The standard fatigue design criterion is basically the expected lifetime before that signiﬁcant damage appears (cracks). then. existing simpliﬁed methods are not always adequate.6.qxd Page 18-55 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-55 18. the integrity of a structure can be checked in two steps.6. • maximum penetration in an accident. whichever is the lesser. and to minimize the release/outﬂow of cargo. and the integrity of critical spaces (reactor compartments of nuclear powered ships or tanks in LNG ships) at the greatest possible levels. 18. that the owner had lost payload during 20 years. the containment of dangerous or pollutant cargoes. and environmental pollution. chemicals. the structural detail scantlings were globally overestimated. h. In no case is w to be less than 1. 20 years. of each double bottom ballast tank or void space is not to be less than 2. valuable references are Ohtsubo et al (86).6.4 Design criteria The structural design criteria for ship collisions and grounding are based on limiting accidental consequences such as structural damage. OPA 90 and IMO both require that the minimum vertical height. the ﬁxing cost is very high and induces owner losses.1 Present design approaches The OPA 90 and equivalent IMO requirements must be satisﬁed in structural design of ships carrying dangerous or pollutant cargoes. where DWT is the deadweight of the ship in tonnes.2 Direct analysis To reduce the probability of outﬂow of hazardous cargo in ship collisions and grounding. before the inner shell in contact with the cargo can rupture. However. ﬁre and explosion.0 m. In the ﬁrst step. and • hull girder ultimate strength of damaged ships (Section 18. liqueﬁed gas. Structural performance of a ship against collision or grounding can be measured by: • energy absorption capability. In this context.MASTER SET SDC 18. many simpliﬁed models useful for predicting accident induced structural damages and residual strength of damaged ship structures have been developed and continue to be successfully used. OPA and IMO also require that the minimum width. To facilitate a rescue mission. It usually is taken as being 20 years. and double sides of a required minimum width. but in no case is the height to be less than 1. of each wing ballast tank or void space is not to be less than 0.6. whichever is the lesser.0 m or B/15 (B = ship’s beam). More detailed information is available in Chapter 29 on Oil Tanker. Figure 18. it is also necessary keep the residual strength of damaged structures at a certain level. If it happens before. bulk oil. tearing and yielding. and to make sure that the main safety functions of ship structures are not impaired to a signiﬁcant extent during any accidental event or within a certain time period thereafter. 18.6. therefore. The primary requirements are to arrange a double bottom of a required minimum height. Partial safety factors. that is.0 (m).7. and Kaminski et al (39). the hull weight too high and.7. For this purpose.53 shows direct design procedures of ship structures against collision and grounding (85). For the accidental limit state design. As it is impossible to describe them in a limited space.6. the kinetic energy loss during the accident should be entirely absorbed by damage of outer structures.

If their frequencies coincide with the structure eigen frequencies.8.6. Reciprocating machinery such as large main propulsion diesel produce important forces at low frequency. .6. Vibrations are not explicitly covered by class rules but their prediction is needed to achieve a good design. Excitation may originate within the ship or outside the ship by external forces. Pressure ﬂuctuations due to propeller at blade rate frequency induce pressure variation on the ship’s hull. resonant behavior will happen.MASTER SET SDC 18. or • if the cargo tanks are breached. And the design results must satisfy: • cargo tanks/holds are not breached in an accident so that there will be no danger of pollution. • allowable quantity of oil outﬂow. 18. and • minimum values of section modulus or ultimate hull girder strength. minimizing a second chance of pollution. and/or • the ship has adequate residual hull girder strength so that it will survive an accident and will not break apart. deﬁned by classiﬁcation societies. All these forces can be approximated by a combination of harmonic forces. Volume 1 Figure 18. Varying hull pressures associated with waves belong also to external excitations.1 Present Vibration Design Approaches The traditional design methodology for vibration is based on rules. • ship speed above which a critical event (breaching of cargo containment) happens.8 Vibration 18. the oil outﬂow following an accident is limited. Ship structures are excited by numerous dynamic oscillating forces.qxd Page 18-56 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-56 Ship Design & Construction.53 Structural Design Procedures of Ships for Collision and Grounding (85) • minimum distance of cargo containment from the outer shell.

8 7. Springing may occur for long and/or ﬂexible ships and for high speed craft and it increases the number of cyclic loads contributing to human fatigue. LNG. besides the discomfort aspect.qxd Page 18-57 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-57 It is of prime importance to avoid global main hull vibrations. If they do occur.8 5. 18. Various methods can be used for the determination of added mass term. Fluid added mass: Hull girder vibrations induce dis- placement of the surrounding ﬂuid.VI gives some typical values of the ﬁrst hull girder frequencies in Hz of some ship types. container ships. Added mass terms may also be needed for the vibrations of tank walls. Lumped mass approach is the simplest one (89) but is only valid for simple prismatic slender shapes.). or using 3D ﬁnite element models for complex ships (RO-RO.MASTER SET SDC 18. So.8 Tug 7. Hull girder frequencies and modes should be computed using approximate empirical formulae (88). Therefore imparting kinetic energy in the ﬂuid. Added mass matrices associated with 3D ﬁnite element model of the structure. Risk of springing (occurring when ﬁrst hull girder frequency equals wave encounter frequency) has to be detected very early. Engine/propeller vibration induced: Resonance problems may also appear on small ships like tugs.54 shows a ﬂuid-structure coupled FE-model of a 230 m long passenger vessel using 150 000 degrees of freedom.5 Hz 2. This phenomenon can be taken into account for the hull girder modes and frequencies calculation as added mass terms.54 Fluid/Structure FE-Model of a Passenger Vessel (Principia Marine. Figure 18.VI Typical Values of the First Hull Girder Frequencies (in Hertz) Order (mode) 1 2 3 4 Large Cruise ship 1. catamaran. etc. Wave vibration induced: An early determination of hull girder vibration modes and frequencies is important to avoid serious problems that would be difﬁcult to solve at a later stage of the project.2 Fluid structure interaction Fluid structure interaction is evidenced in the dynamic behavior of ships.54) and numerical simulations are today predictable with good accuracy (91).0 Hz 1. where hull girder frequency can be close to the propulsion excitation (around 7Hz).9 3. Fluid ﬁnite and semi-inﬁnite elements or boundary integral formulation lead to the calculation of more accurate added mass matrices (90). for the sea keeping analyses (wave induced motions and loads).0 — — VLCC 0. The corresponding methods and associated software are available for industrial usage (Figure 18. simple beam models for long prismatic structures (VLCC. the hull girder frequencies must be compared to wave excitation (springing risk). and short and non-prismatic structures (tug.8 2. The local deformation of the impacted shells and plating inﬂuences the TABLE 18.8. the remedial action will probably be very costly.) associated with lumped added mass models.0 13 — — Figure 18. especially for complex hull forms and appendices study (rudder). and to propeller and engine excitation. the ship is considered as a rigid body. High vibration levels contribute to human fatigue and dysfunction. etc.7 — — Frigate 1.6. Table 18. As a ﬁrst approximation. during early design.6 Hz 3. A difﬁcult coupled problem is the ﬂuid impact occurring in slamming or due to sloshing in tanks.9 — — 0.9 2. France) . and for a single mode. Various methods to assess the ﬁrst hull girder frequency can be used at preliminary design stage. cruise ship). allow for an accurate determination of hull girder modes and frequencies.2 Hz Fast monohull LNG 1.8 1.

when local modes can be considered as decoupled from global hull girder modes. ensuring continuity of vertical bulkheads. Hydrodynamic forces can be reduced by improving the ﬂow around the propeller and siting it clear of the hull. Propulsion using pods can dramatically reduce pressure ﬂuctuations. appendices (rudder. including journal and bearing stiffness and whirling effect (95). though its industrial importance for the design of ship structures (92). The main difﬁculty is the determination of the time and space dependent slamming forces. The Figure 18. Such simulation is now used as a design tool to select appropriate scantlings of decks. Decks.55 Hull Girder Vibration—Mode #3 (Principia Marine-France) . The main difﬁculty is to perform this analysis early enough in a very short design cycle. Dedicated software has also been written for the study of shafting.8. Slamming impacts generate impulsive response of the hull girder (whipping).8.6. Ship owners demand very low vertical velocity levels incabins and public areas (less than 1.6. superstructure.4 Simpliﬁed models Unfortunately.8. 18. radar mast.2 mm/s in the 5-25 Hz frequency band).5 Design criteria The most effective way to control vibration resides in the reduction of the excitation. based on ﬁnite element models to check the potential risk of vibration of local areas. Moreover.6. they are of little use for simpliﬁed vibration predictions. 18. Volume 1 pressures and ﬂuid velocities. avoiding cantilevered and stiff or mass discontinuities.3 Direct analysis Vibration problems are critical for passenger ships with typically a 12-Hertz blade excitation. Decks zones and equipment frequencies may also be estimated by formulas given by reference books (94). Prediction of stress ﬂuctuations and vibration levels in var- ious parts of the ship can only be performed by simulation in the time domain based on 3D detailed ﬁnite element models (Figure 18. Local analyses also have to be performed. 18. which affects comfort and fatigue. This can be achieved by balancing all forces in reciprocating and rotary machinery and using special mounts. A good design.) can be analyzed to check scantling and avoid the risk of resonance. detect possible resonance. contributes to improving the dynamic behavior of the ship. location of pillars. air trapped in such an impact may have a cushioning effect. The numerical simulation of those heavily coupled problems still belongs to the research domain. and select the number of propeller blades.MASTER SET SDC 18. etc. Numerical simulation using 3D ﬁnite element models is the only method to predict ship response (including the various frequency modes) to pressure ﬂuctuation on the ship hull.qxd Page 18-58 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-58 Ship Design & Construction. Excitation frequencies can also be modiﬁed by changing the number of propeller blades. Beam models associated to database can be used for an approximate determination of hull girder modes and frequencies at early stage of the project.55). softening its severity.

Moreover. 18. In compression. windows and openings in the side induces a much more complex behavior. Excepted for the integral tanks. omission of hatch covers does not impose any partic- . Reduction of unavoidable vibration levels can be achieved for local vibrations by dynamic isolation for equipments.54 and 18. special considerations are available in Volume II of this book. Use of multicell structures in side shell and double bottom is recommended. that is. Design methodology. the vertical stress distribution is not linear (Figure 18. In addition to the classic failure modes of steel and aluminum structures presented in Subsection 18.6. Rational approach is necessary to get a realistic understanding of the ﬂux of forces and capture the complex behavior of such ships. tightness and thermal isolation are important aspects. the design limit load corresponds to the ﬁrst ply failure. for composites. These ships contain usually a double hull (sides and bottom). skin wrinkling and dimpling of the honeycomb cores (Figure 18. 3D FEA is usually carried out to design large passenger vessels (Figures 18.9.6. designers are trying to plan composite construction of ships up to 100 meters in length.). 18. and dynamic energy absorbers.1. semi-membranes tanks and integral tanks. bulk carrier and passenger vessel. these legs require a particular attention. materiel properties. The creep behavior and the long-term damage from 18.9. As hatch covers are not considered as hull strength members.qxd Page 18-59 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-59 second action consists in avoiding resonance by modiﬁcation of the hull scantlings. racking and stress concentration are two major concerns. The general design practice on bulk carriers is detailed in Chapter 33 – Bulk Carriers. The complexity of large passenger ships. in order to increase or lower the eigen frequencies.MASTER SET SDC 18.6. non-structural mass (outﬁtting and equipments) being of the some order of magnitude as the steelwork part. All these curative actions are usually difﬁcult. high-speed vessels and ships sailing in ice conditions.9. Weak point of these ships is the lower part of the side plate at the junction with the bilge hopper. 18.6.6. pillars are often omitted in large public areas (theater. lounge. and addition of pillars. container ship. In bending.9. Local modes determination is difﬁcult at early stage of the design mainly due to the uncertainty on mass distribution. micro and macro mechanic of composites and failures modes are deeply discussed. This means that the basic beam bending formulation is no valid (equation 29). Torsional strength and limitation of the equivalent stress (equation 45) at the hatch corners are the major issues in the evaluation of the strength of main hull structure. For architectural reason. excessive corrosion and fatigue (77). membrane tanks.55). passive damping solutions (ﬂoating ﬂoors on absorbing material).5 Composite material Fiberglass boat building started in the 1960s. Now. More general information related to passenger vessels is available in Chapter 37 – Passenger Ships and in reference 68. A comprehensive guide for the design of ship structures in composites is the Ship Structure Committee Report SSC-403 of Greene (96).4 Passenger vessels Ship strength analysis is based on a beam model. instead of the traditional ﬁrst yield bending moment.9 Special Considerations In addition to the considerations for LNG tank. only applicable for local vibrations and nearly impossible for vibrations due to global modes.9.1 LNG Tanks General information on such ships is available in Chapter 32 – Liqueﬁed Gas Carriers. Today. 18. costly. ISSC committees 1997 and 2000 also provide valuable information on speciﬁc ship types. Due to the large openings and discontinuities.6. 18. the tanks are selfsupporting and are not essential to the hull strength. with a low resistant deck and wide openings. Today. ular effects in the structural design of a main hull structure.56). The general characteristics of container ships are detailed in Chapter 36 – Container Ships. The main reasons were a lack of maintenance. the torsional moment distribution must be assessed with care. classiﬁcation societies are aware about this problem and had updated their rules and associated structural details.6. When supported by legs. Major structural concerns deal with the tanks themselves and with their support legs.2 Container ships The design of container ships of 5000 and 6000 TEU having a beam of 40m has increased the standard torsional problem of ships having a large open deck. Dilatation. There are several patented concepts: independent tanks. composites are subject to speciﬁc failure modes. Moreover.3 Bulk carriers Casualty of bulk carriers was very high in the early 1990s. Due to large opening in the side shells. there are the crimping. etc. Integral tanks form a structural part of the ship’s hull and are inﬂuenced in the same manner by wave loads.35).

and their performance in ﬁres are other speciﬁc structural problems of composites.qxd Page 18-60 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-60 Ship Design & Construction. 18. The good extruding capability of aluminum alloys has to be enhanced through scantling standardization. The yield stress of aluminum alloys may decrease signiﬁcantly after welding (remains at 125 MPa for ALU 5083-O but drop to 140 MPa for ALU 5083-H321). as almost all the classiﬁcation societies base their rules on a net scantling. the alloy selection must be done with care with regard to the yield strength before and after welding. HAZ is particularly important to assess the buckling and ultimate strength of welded components such as beam-column elements.7 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS FOR STRUCTURAL DESIGN 18. it gives access to local and detailed analysis.9. the marine behavior. study and production cycle is very short and major decision have to be taken very early in the project. (b) Core shear failure. Loads are assessed separately of the strength structure and. 18. Moreover. etc. It is well known that the cost of a late modiﬁcation is very high and such a situation has to be avoided.7. Shipbuilding is clearly moving in the same direction. It is characterized by reduced strength properties.1.70 kN/m3 for aluminum and 7.56 Potential Failure Modes of Sandwich Panels (100). (e) Buckling. (g) Face dimpling. Thus. catamaran and trimaran vessels). used in aerospace and car industry has proven its efﬁciency. This is an economic choice and not a structural problem. The concept of numerical mock up. Nevertheless. (a) Face yielding/fracture. they are assumed to be static (do not change with the time). which is approximately 3 times higher that mild steel (\$/kg).6. . 18.1 Motivation for Numerical Analysis In most of the cases. the reduced speciﬁc weight of aluminum (2. stiffened panels.6.6 Aluminum structures Compared to steel. even if their origins are dynamic (ﬂow induced). Fire strength is another concerns when using aluminum alloys as it quickly loses its strength when the temperature rises. The modulus of elasticity of aluminum alloys is one-third of steel. The main difﬁculty for the use of aluminum use deals with its mechanical properties after welding. A review of the performance of composite structures is proposed by Jensen et al (98).70 kN/m3 for steel) is a very interesting property for a ship designer. even if limited series may exist in some cases.MASTER SET SDC 18. the welding and extruding capabilities. (f) Shear crimping. 5086 and 6061 can be used.9.7 Corrosion Corrosion does not present a structural design problem.7. Also experience-based design can be an obstacle to the introduction of innovation. The design. For bulk carriers. That helps to lower to production cost (\$/man-hour) and compensate the initial higher material cost of aluminum. Despite the aforementioned shortcomings aluminum alloys will be more extensively use in the future for the de- sign of fast vessels. Numerical analysis clearly is needed to improve the design (innovation) but also to control safety margins. etc. (h) Local indentation. The yield stress of unwelded aluminum alloys can be comparable to mild steel (235 MPa) but changes drastically from one alloy to another (125 MPa for ALU 5083-O and 215 MPa for ALU 5083-H321). The difference between the reduced thickness and the actual one is usually ﬁxed by the classiﬁcation but can also change according to the owner requirements. for which the structural weight is very important to reach higher speed (for high speed mono hull. (c-d) Face wrinkling. which is not possible with simpliﬁed methods. the mechanical and strength properties of aluminum change a lot with the alloy composition and the production processing. This means that the thickness to consider in analysis (for empirical formulations up to complex FEA) is the reduced thickness (without corrosion allowance) and not the actual thickness. Volume 1 water. UV and temperature. For marine applications ALU 5083.1 Static and quasi-static analysis Static and quasi-static analysis represents the traditional way to perform stress and strength analysis of a ship structure. The area close to a weld is called Heat Affected Zone (HAZ). thickness reduction due to corrosion is generally assumed to be 5 mm for hold frames and 3 mm for side shell plating. a ship is a one of a kind product. This assumption may be correct for the hydrostatic pressure but Figure 18. 18.

Collision and grounding damages and improved design to increase ship safety will be studied by numerical simulation. static analysis will continue to be performed. less sensitive to defaults.qxd Page 18-61 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-61 not when the dynamic wave loads are changed to static loads applied on the side plates of the hull. Nonlinear effects due to bow and aft part of the ship. especially for one of a kind product. The model or sets of models applied is to give a proper representation of the following structure: . material properties are deﬁned as stochastic (non deterministic) data. 18. this hypothesis is no more valid and a part of the energy is absorbed by ship deformation. frame and girder models. vibration and acoustics analysis. blast). even if the assumption of static loads is not veriﬁed. giving a design tool to comply with ISO or ship owner requirements. associated with increasing demand for accuracy.7. Numerical mock up or virtual ship approach (97). initial stresses and strains. whereas experimental approach is nearly impossible and/or too costly. The results of such costly and difﬁcult analysis are often used to calibrate simpliﬁed methods or rules. the vibration level. ultimate strength and accidental or extreme situations (explosions. Advances are expected in the ﬁeld of FE-modeling. fatigue and fracture analysis. used in car crash simulation (101).7. where uncertainties and dispersions of the loads. imperfections. But they are also very useful to understand possible failure modes and mechanical behavior under severe loads. cargo hold model. local structure models. as it is easier and faster to perform. tens of experience years have shown that they provide accurate results when stresses and deﬂections assessment are the main target (as deﬁned in Section 18. The ﬁrst difﬁculty is to establish an efﬁcient model of complex physical problems. The second difﬁculty is the manpower needed to prepare and check the models. one model and several applications. • • • • static.7. the ship is considered as a rigid body.1. 18. Hydro-elasticity methods (102) aim taking into account the interaction of the ﬂexible ship structure with the surrounding water.2 Finite Element Analysis The main aim of using the ﬁnite element method (FEM) in structural analysis is to obtain an accurate calculation of the stress response in the hull structure. Explicit codes. there is a clear trend towards the reduction of design cycle time. leading to a more robust design. Moreover. but also to dynamic response. Such analysis is also the standard procedure for fatigue assessment to determine the hot spot stress through ﬁne mesh FEA. grounding.4 Emerging trends Like the automotive and aerospace industry. The simulation of catamaran. leading to the calculation of a probability of failure. geometrical defaults. In traditional sea keeping analysis.MASTER SET SDC 18. 18.1. ship velocity. The base modeling will be re-used and adapted to perform successively. possible dynamic problems can be detected early enough in the design to allow for corrective actions.2 Dynamic analysis When problems occur on a ship due to dynamic effects. Progress is expected by the utilization of reliability methods already used in offshore industry. Numerical ﬁnite element based simulation is mature enough to predict up to second propeller harmonic. Simpliﬁed methods can only predict the ﬁrst hull girder modes frequencies.4).3 Nonlinearities analysis Nonlinear structural analysis is mainly used to analyze buckling. Reliability-based analyses using probabilistic concept are presented in Chapter 19. trimaran and fast monohulls behavior need the development of new methods to take into account the high velocities and the complex 3D phenomena. The trend is toward one structure description. will be adapted to speciﬁc aspects of ship structure (size and presence of ﬂuid). In coupled problems such as slamming situations. and stress concentration models. This is the ﬁeld for multiphysics and coupling analysis. 18. is clearly a way to achieve this. uncertainties and stochastic nature of loads. In the future. and vulnerability assessment. In the future. and corrective actions are costly. Several types or levels of FE-models may be used in the analyses: • • • • • global stiffness model. it is very often late in the design and building stage and even in service. collisions. buckling and ultimate strength analysis. Required computing power is available and will no longer be a constraint. safety aspects related to structural problems will also be tackled such as ultimate strength using nonlinear methods.1. In addition. This philosophy can be applied to fatigue and ultimate strength.7. which will be solved by the development of integrated solutions for ship description and modeling (99). diffraction radiation effects contribute to the complexity of the problem.

These models may be solved separately by transfer of boundary deformations/ boundary forces from the coarser model.57 Global Finite Element Model of Container Vessel Including a 4 Cargo Holds Sub-model (4). that is. anisotropic elements or frequently by a combination of plate and beam elements. Figure 18. it is recommended to use 4-node shell or membrane elements in combination with 2-node beam or truss elements are used.MASTER SET SDC 18. The minimum element sizes to be used in a global structural model (coarse mesh) for 4–node elements (ﬁner mesh divisions may of course be used and is welcomed.58 Cargo Hold Model (Based on the Fine Mesh of the Frame Model). (4) .57. Typical models are shown in Figure 18. the mass of these elements shall nevertheless be included (for vibration). stringers/girders. • vertical shear distribution between ship side and bulkheads. The mesh density of the model has to be sufﬁcient to describe deformations and nominal stresses from the following effects: • vertical hull girder bending including shear lag effects. The shape of 4-node elements should be as rectangular as possible as skew elements will lead to inaccurate element stiffness properties. Web and ﬂange properties are to be according to the real geometry.59 Frame and Girder Model (Web Frame). Stiffened panels may be modeled by means of layered elements. and • plating: 1 element between 2 longitudinals. The element formulation of the 4-node elements requires all four nodes to be in the same plane. and longitudinals or other structural stiffeners.1 Structural ﬁnite element models Global stiffness model: A relatively coarse mesh that is used to represent the overall stiffness and global stress distribution of the primary members of the total hull length. 18. Volume 1 • • • • longitudinal plating. The ﬁner mesh models are usually referred to as submodels. 1element between structural deck levels and minimum three elements between longitudinal bulkheads. meaning that the coarser models have meshes producing deformations and/or forces applicable as boundary conditions for the ﬁner mesh models. The scantling is to be modeled with reduced scantling. corrosion addition is to be deducted from the actual scantling. This requires that the various mesh models are compatible. Double curved surfaces should therefore not be modeled with 4-node elements. transverse bulkheads/frames.qxd Page 18-62 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-62 Ship Design & Construction.2. (4) Figure 18. Structure not contributing to the global strength of the vessel may be disregarded. The performance of the model is closely linked to the type of elements and the mesh topology that is used. specially with regard to sub-models): • main model: 1 element between transverse frames/girders. As a standard practice. All girder webs should be modeled with shell elements.7. 3-node elements should be used instead. Flanges may be modeled using beam and truss elements. and • transverse shear and bending. torsion of the hull girder. It is important to have a good representation of the overall membrane panel stiffness in the longitudinal/transverse directions. • girders: 3 elements over the height. Figure 18. • horizontal hull girder bending including shear lag effects.

Two elements between ﬂoors result in a linear distribution with approximately zero bending in the middle of the elements. They assess the uncertainties of different FE packages associated with coarse and ﬁne mesh models. the areas to model are normally the following for a tanker: • longitudinals in double bottom and adjoining vertical bulkhead members.60 Stiffener Bending Stress with FEM (from left to right: using 1. The element mesh is to be ﬁne enough to describe stress increase in critical areas (such as bracket with continuous ﬂange). Variation is usually around 10% but is sometime much larger. Typical models are shown in Figure 18.MASTER SET SDC 18. One element between ﬂoors results in zero stiffener bending. 2 or 8 elements). • hatch corner openings.59). These stresses can then be used either directly in the fatigue assessment of given details or as a basis for derivation of stress concentration factors. Local structure analyses are used to analyze stresses in local areas. This model may be included in the cargo hold model. is dependent on the mesh size for 4-node shell elements. If solid modeling is used. Stresses in laterally loaded local plates and stiffeners subjected to large relative deformations between girders/frames and bulkheads may be necessary to investigate along with stress increase in critical areas.61.60 shows that the stiffener bending stress. • double side longitudinals and adjoining horizontal bulkhead members.2. such as brackets with continuous ﬂanges. or run separately with prescribed boundary deformations/forces. Stress concentration models are used for fatigue analyses of details were the geometrical stress concentration is unknown. it will normally be convenient to combine the two analyses into one model. using FEM.7.qxd Page 18-63 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-63 Cargo hold model: The model is used to analyze the deformation response and nominal stresses of the primary members of the midship area. different Figure 18. (4) Figure 18. 18.2. • deck longitudinals and adjoining vertical bulkhead members. As an example. if sufﬁcient computer capacity is available.58. mainly induced by inappropriate modeling and wrong data. For this reason. Local FE analyses may be used for calculation of local geometric stresses at the hot spots and for determination of associated K-factors to be used in subsequent fatigue analyses (equation 63). The model will normally cover 1/2+1+1/2 cargo hold/tank length in the midship region. A typical detail is presented Figure 18. the element size in way of the hot spot may have to be reduced to half the plate thickness in case the overall geometry of the weld is included in the model representation. Figure 18.103). FE stress con- centration models are generally very sensitive to element type and mesh size. Several FEA benchmarks of such structural details were performed by ISSC technical committees (68. However.61 Stress Concentration Model of Hopper Tank Knuckle (4) . but to calculate the geometric stress distribution in the region of the hot spot. and • corrugations and supporting structure. The FEM is basically reliable but many sources of errors can appear. The magnitude of the stiffener bending stress included in the stress results depends on the mesh division and the element type that is used. This implies that element sizes in the order of the plate thickness are to be used for the modeling. Frame and girder models: These models are used to analyze nominal stresses in the main framing/girder system (Figure 18. Uncertainties related to FEA An important issue in structural analysis is the veriﬁcation of the analysis. The aim of the FE analysis is normally not to calculate directly the notch stress at a detail.

Therefore. civil engineering. • models. Hughes (3) proposes in Chapter VI and VII of his book published by SNAME an easy way to learn FEM that does not require knowledge of variational calculus or of FEM. These should be listed such that an evaluation of their inﬂuence on the results can be made. However.VIII). Fixation points are often applied in the centerline close to the aft and the forward ends of the vessel. Veriﬁcation of loads: Inaccuracy in the load transfer from the hydrodynamic analysis to the structural model is among the main error sources in this type of analysis. Many others exist but they are usually dedicated to a special purpose.7.3. two other approaches are presented. One important step in the veriﬁcation is the understanding of the physics and check of deformations and stress ﬂow against expected patterns/levels. Such an approach (30. columns. stress levels and distribution. in mechanical engineering.1 Idealized structural unit method (ISUM) When subjected to extreme or accidental loading. it is necessary in the ISUM approach to develop various ISUM units 18. at the preliminary design stage. It is not the purpose of this chapter to present the FE theory and a state of art. all levels of veriﬁcation are important in order to verify the results. Classiﬁcation Societies also present technical reports and guidelines associated with their own direct analysis package (Table 18.105) allows structural design optimization to be performed at the earliest design stage but does not have the capability to perform detailed analysis including stress concentration and non-linear analysis. rectangular plates and stiffened panels. ship structures can be involved in highly non-linear response associated with yielding. is one of such methods (106). For instance. a weak feature of the conventional FEM is that it requires enormous modeling effort and computing time for non-linear analysis of large sized structures. However. buckling. Veriﬁcations of structural models: Assumptions and simpliﬁcations will have to be made for most structural models. • assumptions and simpliﬁcations made in modeling/ analysis. Volume 1 levels of veriﬁcation of the analysis should be performed in order to ensure trustworthiness of the analysis results. which is a type of simpliﬁed non-linear FEM.3 FEM background Today the ﬁnite element method is studied worldwide in universities. • analysis. etc. Veriﬁcation of response: The response should be veriﬁed at several levels to ensure correctness of the analysis: • • • • • • global displacement patterns/magnitude. Both are general purpose oriented. Veriﬁcation must be achieved at the following steps: • basic input. Sumi et al (68) presents ﬁnite element guidelines and a comprehensive review of the available software. local displacement patterns/magnitude. • loads and load transfer. ISSC. 18. and • strength calculations. The ﬁxation points should be located away from areas where stresses are of interest. Mesh modeling is discussed in ISSC’2000 by Porcari et al (103). • results. This topic is reviewed periodically by .qxd Page 18-64 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-64 Ship Design & Construction. The Ship Structure Committee Reports (SSC 387 and 399) contains also Guideline for FEM (43.7. Properly formulated structural units or super elements in such an approach can then be used to efﬁciently model the actual non-linear behavior of large structural units. Modeling the object structure with very large sized structural units is perhaps the best way to do that. The most obvious way to reduce modeling effort and computing time is to reduce the number of degrees of freedom so that the number of unknowns in the ﬁnite element stiffness equation decreases. sub-model boundary displacement/forces. The load transfer can be checked on basis of the structural response or on basis on the load transfer itself. most efforts in the development of new non-linear ﬁnite element methods have focused on reducing modeling and computing times.MASTER SET SDC 18. Many commercial packages are available including pre and post processors and many books are published each year on the subject.7. and reaction forces and moments. Hundreds of papers are published yearly. the LBR-5 package founded on the analytical solution of the governing differential equations of stiffened plates is a convenient alternative to standard FEA.3 Other Numerical Approaches As an alternative to FEA. namely: the idealized Structural Unit Method (ISUM) and the Boundary Element Method (BEM). crushing and sometimes rupture of individual structural components. global sectional forces. The idealized structural unit method (ISUM). Since ship structures are composed of several different types of structural members such as beams. naval architecture.104). 18. The boundary conditions for the global structural model should reﬂect simple supporting to avoid built in stresses.2. For instance. Quite accurate solutions of the non-linear structural response can be obtained by application of the conventional FEM.

while the conventional FEM uses a mesh (ﬁnite elements) over the entire domain (or volume). 108).MASTER SET SDC 18. More recent developments of BEM together with the basic Figure 18. while higher degree boundary elements must be used for modeling an integral domain with more complex characteristics with the integration generally needing to be carried out numerically. that is. the main difﬁculty is that computation of the post-collapse behavior in the structural elements beyond their ultimate strength as well as the ﬂexural-torsional collapse behavior of stiffeners is not very successful. The non-linear behavior of each type of structural member is idealized and expressed in the form of a set of failure functions deﬁning the necessary conditions for different failures which may take place in the corresponding ISUM unit. In contrast to FEM. Figure 18.63 A Typical FEM Model for NonLinear Analysis of the Cantilever Box Girder Figure 18.7.62 Cantilever Box Girder Figure 18. For a recent state-of-the-art review on ISUM theory and applications to ship structures.qxd Page 18-65 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-65 for each type of structural member in advance. ISUM is very ﬂexible. BEM typically uses an appropriate numerical integration technique so that the problem is discretized by dividing only the boundary of the integral domain into a number of segments or boundary elements. To solve a problem that involves the boundary integral equations.3. and sets of stiffness matrices representing the non-linear relationship between the nodal force vector and the nodal displacement vector until the limit state is reached. the boundary element method (BEM) is a type of semi-numerical method involving integral equations along the boundary of the integral domain (or volume). linear or ﬂat boundary elements may be employed so that analytical solutions for the integral equations can be adopted.62 shows a cantilevers box girder and Figures 18. ISUM is also not adequate for linear stress analysis.63 and 18. The former type element cannot be used for the purpose of latter type analysis and vice versa. For a speciﬁc problem with a relatively simple boundary domain. 18. inside as well as its boundary. for instance.2 Boundary Element Method (BEM) In contrast to FEM. by including buckling and collapse behavior for ultimate strength analysis or by including tearing and crushing for collision strength analysis. it is necessary to formulate/develop ISUM elements speciﬁcally. ISUM elements accommodating post-collapse behavior have previously been already developed but improvements are under development to better accommodate such behavior (107. In fact. The ISUM super elements so developed are typically used within the framework of a non-linear matrix displacement procedure applying the incremental method. With the existing standard ISUM elements. Figure 18.64 show typical FEM and ISUM models for the non-linear analysis. the reader is referred to Paik and Hughes (107). Usage of ISUM is limited to some speciﬁc problems and is not a general-purpose methodology. new closed form expressions of the ultimate strength can be directly utilized by replacing in the existing ISUM element the previous ultimate strength formulations with the new ones.65 shows typical FEM and BEM models for analysis of a pressure vessel (109). Since the publication of an early book on BEM.64 A Typical ISUM Model for Nonlinear Analysis of the Cantilever Box Girder . many engineering applications using BEM have been achieved.

to design the cathodic corrosion protection systems for ships. Author: Please advise what symbold is needed. offshore structures and pipelines. (a) • Axial stress of free ﬂanges. inner side including hopper tank top. 18. 18. and for cases in which the integral domain extends to inﬁnity. deck.7. For parts of the vessel covered by the local model. • Axial forces. and longitudinal and transverse girders. the following stresses are to be presented: (b) • Equivalent stress of plate/membrane elements. BEM can be involved in the usage of more reﬁned mathematical treatment than FEM.65 A Typical FEM/BEM Model for Analysis of the Pressure Vessel (109). for ﬂuidstructure interaction. inner bottom. • Axial stress of truss elements. The products are one-of-a-kind or at least on short series and the resulting ships are designed and built within two years . cargo hold model and frame and girder models: • deformed shape for each loading condition. Numerical values should also be presented for highly stressed areas or locations where openings are not included in the model. • Deformation of supports for longitudinals subject to large relative deformation when applicable. excluding plate-bending stress. to calculate the integral equations using BEM. Subsection 18. • Deformations of supporting brackets for main frames including longitudinals connected to these when applicable. • In-plane maximum normal stresses (σx and σy) in the global axis system. shear stresses (_) and equivalent von Mises stress (σe) of the following elements: — — — — — — — bottom.MASTER SET SDC 18. For most linear problems. The following results should be presented for parts of the vessel covered by the global model. longitudinal and transverse bulkheads. BEM may be more appropriate for linear analysis of solids and for ﬂuid mechanics problems.7. including ﬂuid ﬂow and diffusion (for example. It should be based on stresses acting at the middle of element thickness. In this regard.qxd Page 18-66 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-66 Ship Design & Construction. in the form of ISO-stress contours in general. bending moments and shear forces for beam elements. If analytical solutions are available the required computing times will be very small and the accuracy high. For example.2). linear or ﬂat boundary elements along the boundary of the integral domain can be used so that we don’t have to carry out numerical integration. with the region of interest extending to inﬁnity. such as. resulting in higher accuracy of the results. otherwise the integration results may not be accurate. Volume 1 idea may be found in Brebbia and Dominguez (109). it has been suggested that BEM should be employed.8. However. it has been recognized that BEM is a powerful alternative to FEM particularly for problems involving stress concentration or fracture mechanics. While there are some problem areas to overcome in use of BEM for non-linear analysis.5 Relevant Structural Analysis Methods for Speciﬁc Design Stages Shipbuilding design ofﬁces face very challenging situations (especially for passenger and other complex ships). the presentation of the stress and deformation is very important. Main advantages of BEM are due that very complex expressions of integral equations can be adopted.4 Presentation of the Stress Result After performing an analysis.6. side shell. (a) Typical BEM model. appropriate numerical techniques should be used. BEM can also be applied to problems other than stress or temperature analysis. and (b) Typical FEM model. Figure 18. Nevertheless as the required computational times with the BEM is in general signiﬁcant.

forced response to the propeller excitation. It is very versatile and may be applied to various types of analysis: • global and local strength. First principles methods: Very simpliﬁed geometric representation of the structure. implicit method is used to solve large problems (both linear and non linear) with a matrix-based method.qxd Page 18-67 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-67 for 20 to 30 years of operation. • Ultimate strength determination. 3. Another impact on design activities that is also challenging is that the design overlaps the production. This method is commonly used by Shipyards.2 Production design The most popular method for structural analysis at the production design stage remains the Finite Elements Analysis (FEA). Classiﬁcation Societies.). The two main approaches for solving the physical problem are: 1. geometry. • Global strength assessment. contact. The idea is to include main surfaces and actual scantlings (or from the main section when not available) in a 3D model that can be achieved in one or two weeks.VII Timing of a Design Project Basic Design Concept Design Preliminary Design Contract Design Receive Order Production Design Complete Functional Design Production Design 1 or 2 months 6–10 months 1 or 2 days About 1 week Months TABLE 18. and • Early assessment of fatigue Two main approaches exist: — The main section of the ship is modeled a 2D way (including geometry and scantlings) then global.5. KR-TRAS Ruleﬁnder.1 Basic design The Basic Design is the design activities performed before order. The structural analysis carried out in this phase must be as fast as possible because the allocated time is short.7. — Various signiﬁcant sections are described as beam cross section properties (areas. • global and local vibration analysis (natural frequencies with or without external water. 18. etc. The more detailed are the data more accurate the results. The expected results may be: • Veriﬁcation of main section scantlings. • ultimate strength. etc. This is TABLE 18. and • detailed stress for local fatigue assessment. etc. 18. This phase does not overlap with the production but is very short and will become the technical basis for the contract.VII. All major Classiﬁcation Societies provide today the designer with such tools (Table 18. • analysis of various non-linearities (material. These methods are dedicated to an assessment of the global behavior of the ship. The shipyard must be sure that no technical problem will appear later on.). etc.) and then the ship is represented by a beam with variable properties on which global loading is applied. Research Institutes and Universities. pressures. • fatigue life cycle assessment. a common view of the design workﬂow for a commercial ship in the shipyard is shown in Table 18. 2. and possibly local. The most time consuming task for analysis is the data input. to avoid extra costs not included in the contract.). loadings are applied (bending moments. ShipRight PrimeShip BOSUN . inertias.VIII Classiﬁcation Society Tools Overview (110) Classiﬁcation Society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Bureau Veritas (BV) Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Germanisher Lloyd (GL) Korean Register of shipping (KRS) Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LR) Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK) Product ABS Safe Hull VeriSTAR Electronic Rulebook & Nauticus HULL GL-Rules & POSEIDON KR-RULES.7. Simple three-dimensional models: These models are useful when a more detailed response is needed. They mainly use empirical or semi-empirical formulas. and • collision and grounding studies. • Global vibration levels prediction. This approach is mainly dedicated to novel ship designs for which the feedback is rather small. There are three kinds of early analysis: 1.5.VIII).MASTER SET SDC 18. To clarify the actual situation. Two-dimensional (or almost 2D) geometry-based methods: These methods are based on one or more 2D views of the ship sections.

the designer can optimize the scantlings. For FEA models. It is included today in many software tools and many designers are using it. explicit method is mainly used for fast dynamics (as collision and grounding or explosion) where time step is quite smaller. 18. It can be used for instance to ﬁnd out the minimal scantlings for a novel ship for which the yard have a lack of feedback. So the main efforts today are focused on reducing the modeling time.66.MASTER SET SDC 18. An academic example of topology optimization is given on Figure 18. discrepancies in the thickness…) to provide the designer with a level of reliability for a given result instead of a deterministic value. which gives the user the minimum scantlings for a given structure. shape or topology) to design a better structure for a given objective (lower weight or cost). the modeling time is usually assumed to be 70% of the overall calculation time and results exploitation 30%. The number of longitudinals and the frame spacing for a given cargo hold/tank can also be optimized (105). the M structural and geometrical constraints. in ships required to have a limited draft. and Sen and Yang (114) are standard reference books about optimization techniques. One interesting result from research that is being introduced today is the reliability approach (see Chapter 19).qxd Page 18-68 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-68 Ship Design & Construction.1 Scantling optimization procedure A standard optimization problem is deﬁned as follows: • Xi (i = 1. But it can also be applied to non linear calculations when the time step remains rather large (about 1/10 to 1 second). • Cj(Xi) ≤ CMj (j = 1. This approach introduces uncertainties within the model (non planar plates. This method allows using different formulations for structural elements (Lagrangian) and ﬂuid elements (Eulerian). M). 18. Volume 1 the favored method for solving global and local linear strength and vibration problems. N). The computation itself is regarded as negligible (excepted for explicit analysis). required area of material (reducing holes in a plate for instance). For the other ship types it is still desirable to minimize steel weight to reduce material cost but only when this can be done without increasing labor costs to an extent that exceeds the saving in material costs. Weight is the most usual objective function for structure optimization. However. which uses a given topology and scantlings to provide the user the minimum. a reduction in structural labor cost achieved by simplifying construction methods may still be worthwhile even if this is obtained at the expense of increasing the steel weight. • Production Design: Optimization can be used for three main purposes: — Scantlings optimization. Catley et al (115). • F(Xi). Today. On the other hand. for example. Hughes (3) and Chapter 11 of this book also contain valuable information on structure optimization. it is well know that the lowest weight solution is not usually the lowest acquisition cost. cost is becoming the usual objective function for optimization (124).7. the objective function to minimize. number and cross section of stiffeners. and in fast ﬁne lined ships.7. Figure 18.66 Topology Optimization . — Topology optimization (112) which uses a given scantlings and allows the user to ﬁnd out where to put material. residual stresses from welding. and to improve the hull shape considering the ﬂuid-structure interaction. — Shape optimization (111). Vanderplaats (113). passenger vessels.6 Optimization Optimization is a ﬁeld in which much research has been carried out over a long time. Minimizing weight is of particular importance in deadweight carriers. the N design variables. and 2. The aim of optimization is to give the designers the opportunity to change design variables (such as thickness.6. • Xi min ≤ Xi ≤ Xi max upper and lower bounds of the Xi design variables: technological bounds (also called side constraints). Rigo (105) presents extensive review of ship structure optimization focusing on scantling optimization. Optimization can be performed both at basic and production design stages: • Basic Design: Even with simpliﬁed models.

When going from the local to the general (Figure 18. at their extremities.4. displacement. Global buckling of panels (including the local transverse frames) must also be considered. stiffener tripping. For example: Xi min = 4mm ≤ Xi ≤ Xi max = 40 mm. These panels are orthotropic plates and shells supported on their four sides. the constraints can be 0. with: Xi min = a thickness limit dues to corrosion. and to limit deﬂection. So it is possible to distinguish: Technological constraints (or side constraints) that provide the upper and lower bounds of the design variables. At least one constraint should be deﬁned for each failure mode and limit state considered in the Subsection 18. BEM. Hence. particularly those that determine the ultimate strength and collapse of the structure. • the stress level in an element: σx .22): Panels are limited by their lateral edges (junctions with other panels. stress. etc. or solid-mechanics phenomenon. the ﬂange thickness. This happens when one uses mathematical models (FEM. They are generally based on good practice rules to avoid local strength failures (web or ﬂange buckling. etc. either explicit or implicit of the design variables (XI). etc.). Constraints on stiffened panels (Figure 18. etc. 2) constraints on transverse frames and transversal stiffening. the structural analysis phase is concerned with the prediction of the magnitude of the stresses and deﬂections that are developed in the structural members as a result of the action of the sea and other external and internal causes. etc. buckling. and that differ from empirical and parametric formulations.) and the design variables (XI). Many of the failure mechanisms. cracks. reliable structure. are assumed inﬁnitely rigid.6. This way. ultimate resistance. This means that they can distort themselves signiﬁcantly only after the stiffened panel collapse. These constraints are analytical translations of the limitations that the user wants to impose on the design variables themselves or to parameters like displacement. Rational equations mean a coherent and homogeneous group of analysis methods based on physics. solid mechanics. These behavior models can be so complex that it is no longer possible to explicitly express the relation between the parameters being studied (stress. the selected behavior model is especially important since this model ﬁxes the quality of the constraint modeling. there are three types of constraints: 1) constraints on stiffened panels and its components.38). and 3) constraints on the global structure. etc. which are .).MASTER SET SDC 18.qxd Page 18-69 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-69 Constraints are linear or nonlinear functions. tripping. etc. Xi max = a technological limit of manufacturing or assembly. The rigidity of these frames must be assured in order to respect the hypotheses on panel boundary conditions (undeformable supports). etc. Structural constraints represent limit states in order to avoid yielding. and σc = σvon Mises. Panel supports. ISUM. or to guarantee welding quality and easy access to the welds. the web thickness of a stiffener and X2. Geometrical constraints that impose relationships between design variables in order to guarantee a functional. In this case.1. in particular those corresponding to the reinforced frames. These constraints are based on solid-mechanics phenomena and modeled with rational equations. involve non-linear material and structural behavior that are beyond the range of applicability of the linear structural analysis procedures in Section 18. Constraints on the global structure (box girder/hull girder) (Figure 18. strength and stability treatises.) and are therefore submitted to combined loads (large bending and compression).8 DESIGN CRITERIA In ship design. For example: σ /σult ≤ 0. For each constraint. feasible. For instance. Constraints on the transverse frames (Figure 18. etc. σy. AA’ and BB’) either by transverse bulkheads or transverse frames. laterally loaded (bending) and submitted. dead weight. 18. to in-plane loads (compression/tensile and shearing).5. welding a plate of 30 mm thick with one that is 5 mm thick is not recommended. stress. one gener- ally uses a numeric procedure that consists of replacing the implicit function by an explicit approximated function adjusted in the vicinity of the initial values of the design variables (for instance using the ﬁrst or second order Taylor series expansions). Note that these parameters must be functions of the design variables. the optimization process becomes an iterative analysis based on a succession of local approximations of the behavior models.23): The frames take the lateral loads (pressure. ultimate strength. • the safety level related to buckling.46): The ultimate strength of the global structure or a section (block) located between two rigid frames (or bulkheads) must be considered as well as the elastic bending moment of the hull girder (against yielding). Such standard rational structural constraints can limit: • the deﬂection level (absolute or relative) in a point of the structure.5 ≤ X2 / X1 ≤ 2 with X1.

The conventional criteria that are commonly used today in ship structural design are usually stated in terms of acceptable levels of stress in comparison to the yield or ultimate strength of the material. intended speciﬁcally for the prevention of yielding (hull girder.7. 18.qxd Page 18-70 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-70 Ship Design & Construction. stiffened panels. (1st level) • use of a structural analysis software like FEM (2nd level) • use optimization software (3rd level) The adequacy of the relevant analysis method to use for a speciﬁc design stage is discussed in Subsection 18. frames. The structural design can also be classiﬁed according to available design tool: • use data of existing ship or past experience—expert system. It assumes that loads and strength are fully determined. Such criteria are. This is one of the important sources of uncertainty related to strength assessment. hull girder and fatigue. ultimate strength of hull girder. etc. dimensions are random parameters but their distribution is basically not known.8. deterministic method. Information related to the design criteria is given in Section 18. grounding.7.6 for each speciﬁc failure mode (see also Beghin et al (116)). After performing an analysis.1 Initial Scantling At the basic design stage. maximum still-water bending moment. etc). They are usually classiﬁed as: 1. It corresponds to the actual current shipyard procedure. • check longitudinal and transverse strength. as an example of one feasible methodology. Everything is assumed to be deterministic. • change the structural arrangement or scantling. The global safety factor is compared to the ratio between the actual strength and the required strength. the design procedure for commercial vessel such as tanker. 18. plate and stiffened plate ultimate strength. or as acceptable stress levels compared to the critical buckling strength and ultimate strength of the structural member. location of longitudinal bulkheads and transverse bulkheads. All the actual development in structural reliability and reliability analysis show the huge effort actually done to reach that aims. Each safety factor corresponds to a load type. strength.1 Structural Reliability as a Design Basis Three categories of design methodology are basically available. semiprobabilistic method.9. This structural design procedure can be deﬁned as follows: • receive general arrangement from the basic design group. This means that no aspect of randomness is considered. and VLCC is selected. Chapter 19 presents in detail the reliability concept with examples of the reliability-based strength analysis of plates.5. commercial ships and advanced high-speed catamaran passenger vessels. Load. etc.9 DESIGN PROCEDURE It does not seem possible to unify all of the design procedures (117-122). and 3. One of the difﬁculties facing the structural designer is that linear analysis tools must often be used in predicting the behavior of a structure in which the ultimate capability is governed by non-linear phenomena. Volume 1 commonly used in design practice. double bottom height. This is an intermediate step between the deterministic and the full probabilistic methods. fatigue. from shipyard to shipyard and differ between naval ships. To overcome this.MASTER SET SDC 18. The full probabilistic method is an ideal approach assuming that all the randomness can be exactly considered within a global probabilistic approach. vibration and many other failure modes speciﬁc to particular vessel types. The deterministic method uses a global safety factor. collision. failure mode. have already been determined to meet the owner’s requirements such as deadweight and ship’s speed. Such a . See also Mansour et al (42). The semiprobabilistic method corresponds to the current practice used by codes and the major classiﬁcations societies. They differ from country to country. container. So. principal dimensions. hull form. • determine initial scantling of structural members within design criteria (rule-based). • deﬁne structural arrangement based on the general arrangement. these methods are limited in their applicability to a narrow class of problems. full probabilistic method. and • transfer the structural arrangement and scantling to the production design group. therefore. partial safety factor are used. 2.. longitudinals. plate and stiffened plate buckling.6 and 18. Most of the available methods of non-linear structural analysis are brieﬂy introduced in Sections 18. 18. Sometimes. the adequacy or inadequacy of the member and/or the entire ship structure must then be judged through comparison with some kind of criterion of performance (Design Criteria). Here the discussion concerns the procedure from a design point of view and not from the analysis point of view.

The design variables can be longitudinal and transverse spacing. The designer estimates the in- creased thickness according to the difference between the actual stress and allowable stress. he can increase.3 Structural Design If all of local scantlings are determined by the rule minimum values. For the structural design stage. the longitudinal members are subjected to several kinds of stresses in the sea-going condition: primary. As there are usually no suitable rules for the transverse members.9. an automatic optimization technique can be used to obtain the minimum weight and/or cost for the longitudinal and transverse structural member. The local strength is automatically satisﬁed if the design is based on the classiﬁcation rules.4. stiffener spacing. shape of openings. using either a single object function approach or a multiple objective function method.MASTER SET SDC 18. In general.6). and the other is the longitudinal strength to consider the collapse of the ships’ hull girder. This problem was extensively presented in previous Sections 18.1). shear and buckling strength. The initial scantling of longitudinal members such as plate thickness and section area of stiffener can be determined by applying the classiﬁcation rules which give minimum required value to meet the bending. and if the longitudinal strength satisﬁes the rule strength requirement. especially the dimensions such as frame spacing. and frame spacing. the initial scantling of transverse members such as height and thickness of web. 18.qxd Page 18-71 4/28/03 1:31 PM Chapter 18: Analysis and Design of Ship Structure 18-71 parametric design procedure presented in Chapter 11 is relevant for this stage.5 mm for the plate thickness) until the requirement is satisﬁed. The designer can change the structural arrangement. 18. stiffener type. to evaluate quantitatively the strength capability of the initial design.5 and 18. The hull girder longitudinal strength can be assessed with the hull section modulus (SM) at bottom and deck where the extreme stresses are taken place (equation 29). If the hull section modulus at bottom or deck part is bigger than the required value. the designer has to check the transverse strength by comparing the actual stresses in the transverse frames with the allowable stresses given by the classiﬁcation rules.4 A Generic Design Framework By comparison with the previous standard procedure. plate breadth. If the stress in some of elements exceeds the allowable stress. the structural arrangement is carried out to deﬁne the material property. secondary and tertiary stresses (Subsection 18. the designer should change the initial scantlings. it might be too heavy and/or too expensive and it should be reﬁned.67 shows a new generic and advanced design method- .2 Strength Assessment The purpose of the strength assessment is to validate the initial design. step by step. ﬂange width and thickness). One is the local strength to avoid collapse. that is. this design can be considered as ﬁnished but this design might be too expensive. the superposition of these stresses should not exceed the allowable equivalent stress given by the classiﬁcation rules (equations 45 and 46). The object function(s) can be structural weight and/or fabrication cost. If the difference is small. As all these stresses act simultaneously. Instead of the trial and error procedure discussed above. the designer should increase the initial scantling. it is not necessary to perform a new strength assessment and the design may be completed with only small changes. There are two kinds of strength to design the longitudinal members. the design is completed.7. deck/bottom scantlings for the longitudinal and transverse members (web height and thickness. 0.4. even if this design is strong enough. These changes are performed at the third step Structural Design using the results of the Strength Assessment and by comparison with the design criteria.9. the deck scantling (for example. If the calculated hull section modulus at deck part is less than required. for which the stress exceeds the allowable value. But. This work has to be done in agreement with the basic design team. The actual stresses such as equivalent stress and shear stress can be obtained using commercial FEA packages. If the difference is large. Figure 18. the design should be drastically changed and it will be necessary to analyze the structure again (see previous step in this Subsection). and material properties to better ﬁt with the longitudinal strength requirements. If the section modulus at the deck or at the bottom is less than the required value. slot type. The designer also has to modify the scantling (usually plate thickness) of transverse members.6. 18. The constraints and limitations of the optimization process can be the range of each design variable as well as the required hull section modulus and minimum deck/bottom scantlings for the longitudinal members. Then. and allowable bending and shear stresses for the transverse members (see Optimization in Subsection 18. breadth and thickness of ﬂange are determined by reference to similar ships or using empirical shipyard database. The hull section modulus is calculated easily by using available software. In practice. reﬁning an already feasible design is a difﬁcult task and requires experience. 18.9.

physics-based models. which optimally satisfy the topology. The simulation module [S(T. Y. The design criteria module provides constraints [G(T. A translator (simulation based design translator) assigns some [Y] model parameters to the simulation parameters [T] and design variables [X].X. These operational parameters are presumed ﬁxed throughout the design.T. Z)] and objective functions [F(R.MASTER SET SDC 18.qxd Page 18-72 4/28/03 1:31 PM 18-72 Ship Design & Construction.114.X .67 A Generic Design Framework (120) . etc. an optimization algorithm (steepest descent. but presumably any design would have operational parameters. The optimum design module includes the Design Criteria. The framework is used within a computerized virtual environment in which CAD product models. The present design framework consists of establishing the structural system and composite subsystems. which would not be sacriﬁced. shape. though sometimes competing.Y. The constraints are obtained by considering not only the simulation parameters [T] and the design variables [X] but also the operational requirements [Z] and the system deﬁnition parameter [Y]. Z)]. Also. These parameters are selected based on the available simulation tools [S] that require speciﬁc data ([T]. loading and performance constraints while simultaneously considering the manufacturing or fabrication processes in a cost effective manner.Y. the system deﬁnition parameter [Y] as well as the design variables [X] and simulation parameters [T].X. X. it is required to change the simulation parameter values [T] and/or design variables selection [X] or even to modify the Model Parameters [Y]. economic and production constraints. Y. the operational requirements [Z].) is adopted to ﬁnd a new set of design variables. which is referred to as a response metric (R). the objective function [F] is calculated using the response metrics [R]. The environmental model [U] includes the still water and wave loading conditions and the product model [V] contains the production information. Volume 1 ology where the performance of the system.Z) The system deﬁnition module [Y(U. a product model [V] and a process model [W].time) Response Metrics R [S(T . the Design Assessment and the Optimization components. The process model [W] is built to consider or deﬁne the fabrication sequence. The performance of the product or process is in general judged by some time independent parameter. production process models and cost models are used simultaneously by a designer or design team. for example. objectives. evolutionary strategies. The general framework consists of a system deﬁnition module. Based on the results of the Design Assessment (Min(F) and R≤G) several strategies for the design procedure (iterations) can be followed: • if the object function does not reach its minimum value or the response metrics do not satisfy the constraints. Standard algorithms are presented in (113. Designing ship structures systems involves achieving simultaneous. They of course can eventually be changed if no acceptable design is established. the manufacturing process of the system and the associated life cycle costs are considered in an integrated fashion (120). The time is needed to consider the dynamic effects and actual dynamic load conditions [U].W)] is used to build an environmental model [U]. time)] is used to produce simulation responses such as Response Metrics [R[S(T.Z) Objective Function F(R. Operational Requirements ParametersZ System Definition Model Parameters Y Environmental Model Product Model Process Model Parameters U ParametersV ParametersW Simulation Based Design Translator Simulation Parameters T Design Variables X Simulations Simulation Response S(T . These are used to assess the design through the Design Assessment component of the module (for example R≤G).X )] Yes No Is Design Space Feasible? Design Assessment Min (F) ? R<G ? Design Criteria Constraints G(T. dual approach and convex linearization. Optimization Steepest Descent Convex Linearization No Conditions Satisfied ? Yes Stop Yes Redesign? No Figure 18. X)]]. T.V. X.123): — if the optimizer fails to ﬁnd an improved solution (unfeasible design space). a simulation module and a design module. X.[X] and time). The system deﬁnition module receives operational requirements [Z] such as owner’s requirements. Speciﬁcations for the system must be established in terms of these Response Metrics. The formulation of the design problem is thus the same whether the product or process systems (or both) are considered. The structure must perform its function while conforming to structural.

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