Collision Experiments of Ship Models in Water Tank

Lijun Xu, Ling Zhu*, Xiangbiao Wan, Preben Terndrup Pedersen

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The consequences of ship collision could be very serious, causing lots of human casualties, environmental pollution and huge economic losses. It is essential to study the collision process including two ships in water. In the past, most ship collision tests are based on the study of collision damage of local structures and there are few experiments considering the motion response of ships during the collision process. Actually, the interaction between the fluid and structure does have effects on the collision consequences. In this paper, the collision experiments of ship models are conducted in a water tank, with particular attention on structure in the collision region. Considering the coupling effect of external dynamics and internal mechanics, the dynamic responses of ships during collision are studied. The failure mode and deformation damage characteristics of ship's side structure in collision region are also assessed. On this basis, the time history of collision forces, the damage extent of the struck structure and the energy absorption are analyzed and then the influence of velocity and ship’s mass on the results are evaluated. It provides valuable test data for validation of numerical simulation and theoretical studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME 2020 39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
Number of pages5
VolumeVolume 2A: Structures, Safety, and Reliability
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication date2020
Article numberOMAE2020-18741
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7918-8432-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2020) - Virtual Conference
Duration: 3 Aug 20207 Aug 2020


Conference39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2020)
LocationVirtual Conference


  • Ship collision
  • Collision experiments
  • Dynamic response
  • Collision damage

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