Title page for ETD etd-08112004-113055

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Sajdak, John Anthony Waltham
Author's Email Address jsajdak@vt.edu
URN etd-08112004-113055
Title Analyses of Ship Collisions: Determination of Longitudinal Extent of Damage and Penetration
Degree PhD
Department Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brown, Alan J. Committee Chair
Hughes, Owen F. Committee Member
Johnson, Eric R. Committee Member
Kapania, Rakesh K. Committee Member
West, Robert L. Jr. Committee Member
  • damage
  • collision
  • longitudinal
  • deformation
  • bow
  • ship
Date of Defense 2004-07-29
Availability unrestricted
The overall objective of this thesis is to develop, validate and assess a probabilistic collision damage model to support ongoing work by the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (SNAME) Ad Hoc Panel #6 and IMO working groups. It is generally agreed that structural design has a major influence on tanker oil outflow and damaged stability in grounding and collision, but crashworthiness is not considered in present regulations. The proposed methodology provides a practical means of considering structural design in a regulatory framework, and when implemented would improve the safety and environmental performance of ships. This thesis continues the development and applies a Simplified Collision Model (SIMCOL) to calculate damage extent (transverse, vertical and longitudinal) and oil outflow in ship collisions. The primary contribution of this thesis is the development and validation of a theory for the determination of energy absorbed in longitudinal extent of damage, and the implementation of the theory within SIMCOL.

SIMCOL is sufficiently fast to be applied to thousands of collision cases as is required for a probabilistic analysis. The following specific tasks were completed using SIMCOL in support of this project:

· Completed the development of SIMCOL Version 3.0 including: 1) Deformable Bow sub model 2) Implementation and validation of theory for the determination of energy absorbed in longitudinal extent of damage. · Developed the capability to model collision events using LSDYNA. · Validated Virginia Tech LSDYNA ship collision modeling procedure. · Validated SIMCOL using real collision data, and probabilistic collision data for penetrating collisions.

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