Economic considerations have been a prime factor in fostering mechanization and automation in almost all fields of endeavor. This automation has enhanced capabilities to the point that new techological breakthroughs are becoming the rule rather than the exception. Accordingly, new technologies require even greater mechanization in order to retain viability. The same is true for ship structures. Our ability to efficiently design and fabricate new ship types haveing expanded operational capabilities will require increased mechanization in fabrication and an integrated approach to design and construction. This approach which is really an integration of existing technologies, thus providing a scientific basis for what has traditionally been termed "good design practice," has been labeled structural integrity technology. It is not really new and its conscious application to even conventional hulls can provide economic advantages. An overview of past application of structural integrity starting in the mid-1940's is presented, and the requirements and capability in major technology areas are briefly reviewed. Detailed presentations in the major technology areas are avoided, but are provided in the companion papers in Session IX of the Hull Structures Symposium.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Ship Structure Symposium, Washington, D.C., October 6-8, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Palermo, P M
  • Publication Date: 1975-10

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper R
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM