Combined lifting analysis and load test of a hook foundation in a GRP hull

Quinn, S., Moy, S.S.J. and Piggott, K. (2006) Combined lifting analysis and load test of a hook foundation in a GRP hull. In, Applied Mechanics and Materials. 6th International Conference on Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis Zurich, Switzerland, Trans Tech Publications, 101-105.


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The combination of simulation and physical testing is powerful. In this case study Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and a 96 tonne load test were used to prove that the lifting points for a new semi-rigid inflatable rescue craft met their statutory requirements before full manufacture. The FEA was used to optimise the detailed design of the lifting points, without the need to test each different configuration, and the load test was used to prove the final design in practice, before full manufacture. The FEA showed that the bearing stresses in the Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) hull of the initial design were unacceptable and appropriate design changes were made from further analysis. However, to suitably risk manage the project a full load test was required to demonstrate that the revised lifting point details met their statutory requirements, before full manufacture of the new craft.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0878494189 (hardback)
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Keywords: finite element analysis (FEA), load test, composite hull
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Fluid-Structure Interactions
ePrint ID: 48736
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
5 September 2006Published
5 May 2006Submitted
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:25

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