In this study, a detailed finite element analysis methodology of a 180 m deck cargo/launch barge B42 for 32,000 MT topside load is described and results are presented. Using Finite Element Method (FEM) for large welded steel structures such as a deck cargo/launch barge has been quite challenging in past because the engineer had to observe the balance between solution accuracy and numerical efficiency. However, recent improvements in solver algorithms in FEM packages and increasing core … Show more
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