A Method for Ship Collision Damage and Energy Absorption Analysis and its Validation

Shengming Zhang, Preben Terndrup Pedersen

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    For design evaluation, there is a need for a method which is fast, practical and yet accurate enough to deter-mine the absorbed energy and collision damage extent in ship collision analysis. The most well-known sim-plified empirical approach to collision analysis was made probably by Minorsky, and its limitation is alsowell-recognised. The authors have previously developed simple expressions for the relation between theabsorbed energy and the damaged material volume which take into account the structural arrangements,the material properties and the damage modes. The purpose of the present paper is to re-examine thismethod’s validity and accuracy for ship collision damage analysis in ship design assessments by compre-hensive validations with experimental results from the public domain. In total, 20 experimental tests havebeen selected, analysed and compared with the results calculated using the proposed method. It can beconcluded that the proposed method has a good accuracy with the mean value of 0.988 and standard devi-ation of 0.042
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalShips and Offshore Structures
    Pages (from-to)S11-S20
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Ship collision
    • Collision energy
    • Damage extent and size
    • Structural arrangement
    • Material property
    • Damage mode
    • Damaged material volume


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