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Tools for Ultra Large Container Ships

Objective

The increase in world trade has largely contributed to the explosion in sea traffic. As a result, the market demand is leading to Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS), which have a capacity up to 14,000 TEU with length up to 400 m, without changes of the operational requirements (speed around 27 knots). The particular structural design of the container ships, leads to open midship sections, resulting in increased sensitivity to torsional and horizontal bending loads which is much more complex to model. At the same time, due to their large dimensions, the ULCS become much “softer” and their structural natural frequencies become significantly lower so that the global hydroelastic structural responses (springing & whipping) can become a critical issue in the ship design and should be properly modelled by the simulation tools.
On the other hand, it appears that the existing simulation tools do not provide the definite answer to all these design issues and there is a clear need for their improvement.
The particular importance of whipping and the insufficient knowledge in its modelling is clearly reflected in the recent MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch) report, following the loss of theMSC Napoli container ship:
“It is likely that the hull of MSC Napoli was subjected to additional load due to whipping.”
“… it is apparent that whipping effect is currently very difficult to reliably calculate or model.”
“In view of the potential increase in wave loading due to whipping effect, further research is required to ensure that the effect is adequately accounted for in ship design and structural analyses, and that sufficient allowance is made for the effect when determining design margins.”
The final goal of the project is to deliver clearly validated design tools and guidelines, capable of analysing all hydro-structure interaction problems relevant to ULCS.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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BUREAU VERITAS SA
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 473 697
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Sime Malenica (Dr.)

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STICHTING MARITIEM RESEARCH INSTITUUT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
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Haagsteeg 2
6708 PM Wageningen
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Research Organisations
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Geert Kapsenberg (Mr.)
CMA CGM
France
EU contribution
€ 129 879,50
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Quai D'arenc 4
13235 Marseille
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Ludovic Gerard (Mr.)
ODENSE STAALSKIBSVAERFT AS

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Denmark
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Lindøalleen 150
5330 Munkebo
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Henning Kierkegaard (Mr.)
CANAL DE EXPERIENCIAS HIDRODINAMICAS DE EL PARDO
Spain
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€ 210 825
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Carretera De La Sierra
28048 Madrid
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Adolfo Marón (Mr.)
ECOLE CENTRALE DE MARSEILLE EGIM
France
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€ 201 360
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Rue Frederic Joliot Curie 38 Technopole Chateau Gombert
13383 Marseille Cedex 13
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Yves-Marie Scolan (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
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€ 159 637,50
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Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
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Rene' Huijsmans (Prof.)
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU, FAKULTET STROJARSTVA I BRODOGRADNJE
Croatia
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€ 200 880
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Ivana Lucica 5
10000 Zagreb
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Ivo Senjanovic (Prof.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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€ 170 160
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Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
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Jørgen Juncher Jensen (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
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Earlham Road
NR4 7TJ Norwich
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Alexander Korobkin (Prof.)
SOCIETE D'INGENIERIE DE RECHERCHESET D'ETUDES EN HYDRODYNAMIQUE NAVALE
France
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€ 205 500
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5 Rue De L'halbrane Technocampus Ocean
44340 Bouguenais
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Jean-Paul Borleteau (Dr.)
WIKKI LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 102 660
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Dolben Court, Montaigne Close 31
SW1P 4BB London
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Hrvoje Jasak (Prof.)
HYDROCEAN
France
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8 Boulevard Albert Einstein
44323 Nantes Cedex 3
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Erwan Jacquin (Dr.)
BRZE VISE BOLJE d.o.o.
Croatia
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€ 134 880
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Palinovecka 19 L
10110 Zagreb
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Svemir Bralic (Mr.)