A methodology for the structural design and heuristic optimization of racing sailboats using the finite element method is presented. After a brief description, general aspects concerning structural design considerations of such boats is given. Emphasis is placed on the design criteria to be used, which include adequate strength, high hull rigidity and appropriate weight distribution. This is followed by guidelines on the structural modelling using available finite element method packages. As an illustration, the methods described are applied in the case of the 470 class racing boat, for which indicative results are provided both for the hull and the rigging system. It is concluded that with present day tools, a designer is able to perform complex calculations, leading to improved structural designs for sailing boats.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PRADS 95, 6th Intl Symposium on Practical Design of Ships and Mobile Units; 17-22 Sept 1995; Seoul, Korea. Procs. Publ by Soc Naval Architects of Korea, ISBN 89-950016-2-3. Vol 2, p 2.970 [14 p, 11 ref, 5 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Dimou, D N
    • Papazoglou, V J
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00727649
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM