Time domain predictions of inertial loads on a drifting ship in irregular beam waves

A proper estimation of the ship accelerations, particularly in the transversal direction, is fundamental for predicting the risk of cargo shifts and inherent structural damages in severe irregular seas. A specific situation worth to be considered in this context is the so-called dead ship condition, in which the ship, because of a loss of steering capabilities, is drifting in beam waves at zero speed. Particularly in this situation, a proper modelling of ship dynamics in wave is deemed necessary for a reliable assessment of inertial loads.In this paper three time domain procedures with different accuracy are applied and compared. The aim is to investigate the dependency of inertial loads on the non-linear effects of ship geometry and on the couplings among the 6DOF of the ship.Simulations are carried out with, in input, the same irregular sea realizations in the time domain, obtained from a digitalisation of JONSWAP spectra. A technique allowing for a fine matching of the digitalised spectra to the analytical ones is developed and applied.The investigation indicates that couplings among ship motions trigger larger inertial loads and, accordingly, a larger probability of occurrence for cargo shifting and structural damages.


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  • Accession Number: 01696540
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2019 3:08PM