Choosing a framing system

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Choosing a Framing System

When beginning a structural layout for a vessel it is important to review the functionality of the design from both a construction standpoint as well as the cost and economy of the vessel.

  • To determine a framing system a designer typically looks to similar ships via the parametric analysis.
  • Typical frame spacing lie somewhere between 500mm-750mm
  • The designer should have a somewhat finalized general arrangement that shows tank boundries, deck openings (such as hatch openings), and locations of main equipment

Influencing Factors

  1. Size (length) of ship
  2. Hull form of ship
  3. Weight sensitivity of design
  4. Internal volume needed (structural encroachment)
  5. Construction costs
  6. Regulatory requirements

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