Design analysis for grounding experiments
In 1995 a series of six grounding experiments has been carried out with a 600 Tonne inland water way tanker. At the how of the vessel test sections could be fitted, which were run into an artificial rock. The design of the support structures for the test sections and for the rock required the prediction of grounding forces and ship motions. The crash behaviour of the test sections was assessed by applving explicit finite element calculations. Hydrodynamic forces were investigated by running 3-D diffraction calculations. This paper deals with the design approach for the grounding experiments and gives some details on the calculation methods used. Predicted loods and penetrations are compared with measured values.
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