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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 720542, 13 pages
Research Article

The Resistance of Ship Web Girders in Collision and Grounding

1State Key Laboratory of Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
2China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation, Langfang 065000, China

Received 23 June 2014; Accepted 28 July 2014; Published 12 August 2014

Academic Editor: Song Cen

Copyright © 2014 Zhenguo Gao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ship web girders play an important role in ship structure performance during collision and grounding accidents. The behavior of web girders subjected to in-plane concentrated load is investigated by numerical simulation and theoretical analysis in this paper. A numerical simulation based on previous experiment is conducted to give insight to the deformation mechanism of crushing web girders. Some new important deformation characteristics are observed through the simulation results. A new theoretical deformation model is proposed featured with these deformation characteristics, and a simplified analytical method for predicting the instantaneous and mean resistances of crushing web girders is proposed. The proposed method is verified by two previous experiments and a series of numerical simulations. The agreement between the solutions by the proposed method and the experiment results is good. The comparison results between the proposed analytical method and numerical simulation results are satisfactory for most cases. The proposed analytical method will contribute to the establishment of an efficient method for fast and reliable assessment of the outcome of ship accidental collisions and grounding events.