Experimental reproduction of ship accidents in 1:100 scale

Miguel Calle Gonzales, Pentti Kujala, Roberto Eiki Oshiro, Marcílio Alves

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Scaled experiments are important in the crashworthiness analysis of marine structures since real-scale tests are difficult and expensive to be carried out. However, scaled tests in marine structures considered up to a maximum scale reduction of ten times, still resulting in large-size marine structures tests. In this work, three ship accident scenarios were experimentally modeled in 1:100 reduced scale: frontal collision of an oil tanker with bulbous bow against a rigid structure, ship grounding event caused by a sharp rock and the collision between two identical ships. In general, the resulting kinematic responses and collapse modes observed in the tested marine structures shows a good agreement with that observed in real-scale structures. Additionally, resulting average forces from the 1:100 scaled experiments showed to be within the same order of magnitude with that obtained from real-scale empirical approaches and large-scale experiments after bringing them all to actual-scale by similarity laws.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarine Design XIII
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC 2018), June 10-14, 2018, Helsinki, Finland
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780429803314 , 978-1-351-01004-7, 978-0-429-44053-3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2018
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Marine Design Conference - Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 10 Jun 201814 Jun 2018
Conference number: 13


ConferenceInternational Marine Design Conference
Abbreviated titleIMDC
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  • Ship Collision
  • Ship grounding
  • Similarity
  • Experimental test

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