Direct calculation of fatigue damage of ship structure details
Paper in proceedings, 2011
Fatigue assessment of ships using the direct calculation approach has been investigated by numerous researchers. Normally, this approach is carried out as either a global model analysis, or as a local model structural analysis. The current investigation presents a case study of a container vessel where the global and local analyses procedures are combined. A nonlinear time-domain hydrodynamic analysis followed by a global FE analysis is employed to screen for the most severe locations of the global ship’s hull with regard to fatigue damage. Once these locations have been identified, a sub-modelling technique is employed to transfer global loads from the global FE model to local FE models that have high resolution of elements for local structure details.
Results from a selection of local FE model simulations are presented. Stress concentration factors at four critical locations are calculated and compared with values recommended by classification guidelines. Results are presented from a short-term fatigue analysis which has been carried out using the rainflow counting method. Finally, a long-term fatigue analysis is performed in time-domain using a designed wave scatter diagram of representative sea states.
nonlinear wave loads
stress concentration factor