Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification, has teamed up with shipbuilder Hanwha Ocean for a joint development project (JDP) focused on the structural assessment of independent LNG fuel tanks for ultra large ships. The agreement was signed at a ceremony at Gastech 2023 in Singapore.
The goal of the project is to improve the design process of independent LNG fuel tanks and speed up the development of new solutions for their structural assessment. Many vessels today are equipped with independent tanks for either LNG/LPG transportation or the use of LNG/LPG as fuel. These independent tanks are not directly connected to the hull structure but are instead supported by a significant number of dedicated supports, requiring careful consideration of non-linear structural response during operations.
Bureau Veritas has recently developed a new methodology for assessing contact behavior nonlinearities, which significantly reduces computational time while maintaining accuracy. This methodology has been integrated into the Bureau Veritas hydro-structure interaction suite Homer, enabling consistent structural analysis of vessels with independent tanks.
The joint project with Hanwha Ocean aims to further advance structural analysis technology and improve the performance of independent tanks, ultimately leading to the development of differentiated products for future projects. By collaborating on the structural assessment of independent LNG fuel tanks, both companies are working towards the application of innovative solutions while ensuring the safety of shipping.
This partnership between Hanwha Ocean and Bureau Veritas not only strengthens their collaboration but also paves the way for the development of more sustainable shipping solutions and technologies. By leveraging their expertise, the two companies are driving advancements in the field of independent LNG fuel tanks, supporting the future of the maritime industry.
– Bureau Veritas
– Hanwha Ocean
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