Modeling environmental loads and structural responses
Research Project, 2012 – 2017

Any maritime activity is exposed to variable environment, waves, winds and, in larger scales, storms and consequences of climate change. Safety of sea transports, risk assessment in maritime activities, depend on adequate descriptions of sea variability and of the interaction of structures with environment. The choice of models and appropriate statistical procedures to fit models to observed loads is crucial and requires engineering judgment and stochastic analysis. That is why we propose a cooperative project between marine design and statistical sciences, for environment modeling of the sea´s variability. The purpose of the project is to better describe present, and predict future, variability of sea conditions. A new class of models, based on Laplace distribution, will be used. The models are more flexible to describe the asymmetries observed in waves and storms. At present, huge data sets containing space-time climate and meteorological data are collected and made available for scientists. We will use these for risk mitigation by developing statistical models, and create tools for analysis, estimation, and model checking. The main focus will be modeling, measurement, and planning methods to avoid catastrophic fatigue failures in marine structures. We will study multiaxial fatigue damage accumulation and apply the models developed on container ships in harsh seas. Further, means to predict risks for low cycle fatigue in severe storms will also be developed.


Igor Rychlik (contact)

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Wengang Mao

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Jonas Ringsberg

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology


Swedish Research Council (VR)

Project ID: 2012-6004
Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2015

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