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Part of a series on vessels'



Ship Structure

Ship structure deals with the supporting members which maintain hull strength, oppose hull deformation, and transfer stress in a ship. Typically, this refers to steel or aluminum construction, as opposed to wood or composites.


Elements of Ship Structure

Ships' structure

The design of a ships Structural arrangement is made up, in whole or in part, of the following components;

Classification Societies

Classification society rules will provided minimum values for section modulus, area, thickness, etc. for various structural members through standard calculations. These often tedious calculations provide a relatively quick way to produce a ships scantlings, however as they are somewhat generic, the tendency is to produce an overbuilt (and thus over-heavy) ship. An alternative is to submit finite element analysis results.


  • Rivets
  • Welding

External links

  • Ship Structure Committee [1]
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