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Identification of slam events experienced by a high-speed craft

Magoga, TF ORCID: 0000-0003-1636-264X, Aksus, S, Cannon, S, Ojeda, R ORCID: 0000-0002-2421-0032 and Thomas, G 2017 , 'Identification of slam events experienced by a high-speed craft' , Ocean Engineering, vol. 140 , pp. 309-321 , doi:

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Ship structures are prone to fatigue cracking due to fluctuating loads caused by the seaway. This is especially the case for high-speed craft (HSC), as the slamming loads and associated response are known to significantly impact the stress magnitudes experienced by the structure. Therefore, slamming may have a considerable influence on the fatigue life of HSC when compared to accounting for the global wave induced stresses alone. This paper presents an investigation into various methods for identifying slams for structural response analysis. Measurements of hull girder stresses of an aluminium high-speed patrol boat are utilised to explore the characteristics of slam events. The approach to analyse full-scale time records, decomposition of the wave-induced and impact components of stress, and definition and detection of slam events are discussed. With respect to fatigue life, identification of slam events enables the evaluation of the influence of slamming and the associated whipping response in a range of speeds, headings and sea states. Such knowledge supports informed decision-making in regards to the sustainability and maintainability of the vessel.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Magoga, TF and Aksus, S and Cannon, S and Ojeda, R and Thomas, G
Keywords: fatigue, high-speed craft, hull monitoring, slamming
Journal or Publication Title: Ocean Engineering
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN: 0029-8018
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Copyright 2017 Crown Copyright

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