The author presents two cost-effective methodologies for the automatic structural design of the midship section of a ship conforming with American Bureau of Shipping classification rules. Based on a nonlinear, constrained minimization problem, the first methodology minimizes the amount of steel required to build the ship structure. The second methodology makes use of a heuristic algorithm to determine standard structural shapes while simultaneously avoiding significant increases in the structural weight of the ship. Each methodology is applied to an alternative structural design for each of two oil carriers, after which the advantages of both techniques are identified and discussed. Models are then developed to quantify the cost effectiveness of the particular design approach.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 11p.

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  • Accession Number: 00661497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM