Accession Number : AD0733085

Title :   A Limited Survey of Ship Structural Damage.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : TAGGART (ROBERT) INC FAIRFAX VA

Personal Author(s) : Hawkins,Seth ; Levine,George H. ; Taggart,Robert

Report Date : 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : A limited investigation, conducted to determine the availability of data on ship casualties involving structural damage, revealed 824 applicable cases. A method was devised for reducing reported casualty data into a format adaptable to automatic tabulation and analysis. Collision with fixed and mobile structures was found to be the predominant cause of structural damage; heavy weather damage to the forefoot and forward weather deck also occurred with significant frequency. Patterns of damage frequency and location existed on a number of classes of ships. These have been interpreted to indicate how structures could be altered to reduce the damage sustained. Recommendations are made to continue the data collection and analysis program and to investigate more extensively the ways in which significant structural design information can be extracted. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SHIPS, *DAMAGE), (*SHIP STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS, FAILURE(MECHANICS)), STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE