The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 44 (1966) > Issues > Issue 2 > Developments in Ship Structures
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Developments in Ship Structures

The loading and structural behaviour of ships are described in general terms and an account is given of some of the contributions to structural knowledge which have emanated from shipbuilding sources. Design policy is discussed and it is noted that the design rules of the classification societies, which are based primarily on experience rather than on explicit factors against limiting conditions, lead to structures which are economical and safe. The classification societies (the largest of which is Lloyds Register) retain responsibility for the ship’s structure throughout its life; the experience on which the rules are based is therefore extensive and well co-ordinated. J.C. Chapman

Author(s): Chapman, J C

Keywords: ships;loads;behaviour;design;policies;steel;fatigue