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Paper Title: Investigation of Hull Strength of River Sea Container Vessel



S Rahman, University of Liege, Belgium


River sea vessels are ships for inland navigation and suitable for restricted navigation at sea in regions where, -significant wave height does not exceed 2m, according to Bureau Veritas Rules for the classification of inland vessels. In a container vessel structure, almost the entire deck space is occupied by hatches, leaving a narrow strip of deck plating outboard. This calls for a topside structure of heavy plating or a double hull to provide material in tension, stiffness against lateral and torsional loads, and resistance to buckling in compression when the vessel is in sagging condition. For sea going open deck vessels, torsional loading plays a predominant part to the hull girder strength and for inland navigation open deck vessels; the effect of torsion is rather negligible. Keeping this scenario in mind, the aim of this project is to investigate the hull strength of a river sea container vessel under combined bending and torsional loading to study the effect of torsion on river sea open deck vessel. To perform the strength analysis, firstly, a finite element model is created using Femap with NX Nastran software for the investigated vessel. Therefore, still water and wave loads are calculated using direct calculation. To find out the still water loads Argos software is used and for the wave induced loads potential flow software Hydrostar is used. Next, Finite element model is verified with classical beam theory and thin wall girder theory. Then the effect of various loading conditions on structural response is investigated. After, structural response of different hull configurations are scrutinized under combined bending and torsional loading. Finally, some recommendations are proposed for structural response of river sea container vessel subjected to combined bending and torsional loading.



Transactions RINA, Vol 161, Part A4, International Journal Maritime Engineering, Oct - Dec 2019 

DOI Number

DOI No: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2019.a4.558a

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