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Structural Performance of Naval Vessels

Structural Performance of Naval Vessels

The research investigates the use of steel and aluminium for the construction of large naval ship hulls.

Project leader

Professor Bob Dow (PI)

Dr Jonathan Downes


April 2011 to October 2015


Office of Naval Research


The project provides much needed understanding and methodologies. This is for the effect of damage when using steel and aluminium in large ship hull construction.

It compares structural analysis methodologies at both the component level and the global level. It uses available experimental data. It refers the data to similar steel structures for comparative purposes.

The project further develops the new methodology, which predicts progressive collapse of damaged ship’s hull girders.