Methodology for the simulation of a ship’s damage stability and ultimate strength conditions following a collision
Journal article, 2021

This paper presents a methodology called SHARC developed for the simulation and analysis of a ship’s damage stability and ULS conditions following a collision. SHARC combines three types of methods: advanced nonlinear finite element simulations that simulate the collision scenario, a dynamic damage stability simulation tool called SIMCAP, and a modified Smith method for the ULS analysis of a collision-damaged ship structure. The novelty of the presented methodology is that it can be used for real-time simulations to study the ingress of water through the damage opening of a struck vessel and how it affects the ship’s stability, structural integrity (ULS) and survival capability against, e.g., capsizing. The results for an intact and a damaged oil tanker under noncorroded and corroded structural conditions and various sea states are presented to demonstrate the features of SHARC.

progressive flooding

damage stability


progressive collapse

ship collision

ultimate limit state

accidental limit state


Artjoms Kuznecovs

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

Martin Schreuder

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

Jonas Ringsberg

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

Marine Structures

0951-8339 (ISSN)

Vol. 79 1 1-19 103027

SHARC - Structural and Hydro mechanical Assessment of Risk in Collision and grounding

Swedish Transport Administration (TRV 2019/42277), 2020-01-01 -- 2022-03-31.

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Sustainable development

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Materials Science

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Applied Mechanics

Vehicle Engineering

Metallurgy and Metallic Materials


Basic sciences


C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)



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