The team of authors of the present book, consisting of four world recognized industry experts, has managed to reach the ultimate declared goal, namely to demonstrate the readers the condensed technical experience in designing the ship hull structures looked from the practical point of view.

The content of the volume is arranged in three separate parts presenting the fundamentals of the design, as well as the design theory and its application to the ship hulls. The topics covered in the publication have been treated very comprehensively with a strong emphasis made on the reliability and efficiency of the ship hull structures.

The authors of the book have introduced their own experiences with the dramatically increased ship hull sizes. In addition to the above, they have introduced the vessel types with a highest possible degree of specialization.

The authors have also performed an analysis of the early failures of those "new" hull structures in order to provide the informative illustrations showing why the design of the structures should be conducted on several levels to ensure that the proper loading has been applied and also to make sure that there is an absolutely clear understanding of the behavior of the local structures. An indispensable training source for the students in ship design and construction as well as the practicing engineers and designers.

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The present volume continues the book devoted to the large floating structures available here at our website. It will provide the readers with a truly comprehensive and professional treatment of subject structures analyzed together with their relationship with the sea habitats, coastal waters, current flow, and taking into consideration all aspects involved.

The author has looked into the structural and hydro-elastic analysis of the structures at both cell and overall levels, maintenance system, commonly used anti-corrosion arrangements, breakwater analysis and design matters, wave properties that are considered critically important for the correct estimation of the loading of the very large floating structures; note that it is also covering virtually all latest developments in the field with the primary emphasis made on the Mega-Float.



The content has been very well illustrated with the informative and clear pictures, and supplemented with the numerous detailed drawings; there are also equations included for the math modeling and analysis. The book will be ideal for the design professionals and students of structural engineering.



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The risk-based design of vessels is a newly established engineering area attracting more and more interest of the practicing designers, engineers and researchers from the various disciplines connected with the design and construction of ships, their operation and regulation.

There is a twofold motivation to use the risk-based approach - the implementation of a novel design considered safe but not yet approved or rational optimization of the existing design focusing on the safety but bearing the performance and efficiency in mind.



The content of this book derives from the information and technical knowledge obtained during the SAFEDOR project coordinated by GL. It is not the intention of the author to prepare a text-book for the ship design students noting that the contributors to this volume are still evolving. However, the volume is aiming to provide readers interested in the risk-based approaches to the ship design with a good understanding of the basic and details of these approaches and their integration.



The volume will facilitate the transfer of the knowledge gained in the course of the project to the whole maritime community and shall therefore be treated well since such transfer will play a very important role in improvement of the ship design techniques and eventually contribute to the safety of shipping.



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This volume is elaborating on combination of the basic theoretical approaches and common practices of the preliminary design of the ship. The intention of the author was to support the introductory training courses of ship design as a textbook. Taking this into account, we may consider this book as so useful one to students of naval architecture as well as of all related disciplines.

We are quite sure that the book would actually serve as an excellent reference source not only for the students but even for the practicing naval architects, ship officers, marine engineers and anyone interested in ship design theory plus practical methodologies applied to the estimation of the ship's basic properties and main dimensions together with the other elements of design.



There are five appendices complementing the main content of the book providing some additional information on the different ships types and their characteristics, historical background, regulatory documentation, description of the relational method, etc. Definitely recommended reading for both professional and future ship designers who will benefit from the thoroughly prepared information provided in the volume.



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This publication was prepared with the intention to fill a gap in the knowledge that exists there in the general industry literature available today on port/harbor engineering and aims to provide the practicing engineers with the necessary background information which they need in order to be able to design various these structures for the berthing of the vessels, their mooring, and necessary repair works.

The volume contains a thorough introductory part and should also be very useful to all parties involved in shipping operations such as port authority engineers, port planners, marine contractors and terminal operators. The chapters of this valuable book provide necessary information of ship's dimensions and characteristics, general ship design considerations, operational/environmental loads, design of the berthing loads plus fender systems as well as various fixed and floating structures, etc.



Different types of the drydocks have been covered in the pages of this handbook, together with the procedures for assessment of such structures. The text is supplemented with nearly two hundred ship line drawings and more than fifty color photographs, numerous informative graphs and data tables enabling readers to better catch the material presented. All relevant standards and regulations have also been addressed and referenced where necessary.



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In his brilliant work, Mohamed Shama is presenting a remarkably comprehensive and thorough technical analysis of the buckling problem occurring in the structural strength members of the vessel's hull. He has fully analyzed many types of loadings and stresses that are commonly imposed on the hull plating and primary/secondary structures.

The author has tried to clarify the major causes of the buckling and their potential consequences. The publication contains the fundamental equations that are required for proper determining of the so-called critical buckling stresses for the plating of the hull and stiffening members. These critical stresses have been provided for the hull plating under various loading types and in the most common conditions.



The text of the publication is expected to bridge the gap existing there in most of the other books on the subject by focusing on the established practical methods in order to ensure the safety against buckling. The book will be useful to shipyard people including ship designers and constructors, marine surveyors, port state officers, marine engineers, naval architects and other people. It will be particularly useful and valuable to the practicing engineers...



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The original and main intent of the author of this book was to provide all interested readers with the general idea of the different types of geometries of the offshore platforms. The content of the book is covering the environmental loads commonly encountered by the offshore platforms as well as the detailed technical description of the basics of structural dynamics presented in a very easy-to-follow manner.

The author has emphasized the fundamental concepts of the structural dynamics through the simple and understandable real life examples and exercises. Each of the chapters has tutorials and is supplemented by the exercises included for self-learning and tracking of the progress. There is a separate chapter fully dedicated to the stochastic dynamics included in the book in order to help students in extending the basic structural dynamics concepts to the advanced research domain.

In short we may say that the present informative and practical volume will definitely prove very useful for all consulting and practicing structural engineers working on the offshore projects as well as for the students, scientists and researchers...

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The content of the publication is focusing on the most important areas of the preliminary ship structural design, presenting the relevant information in clear and easily understandable manner. The authors have covered the critical aspects of the design together with the general requirements as well as standard established formats.

In the meantime it shall be understood that the dimensions of the vessel and sizes of all structural members involved are directly affecting the decisions made during the design process. One of the advantages of the approach applied by the authors of the volume is that it may be used with different ship types.

In addition to that, subject approach will allow ship designers to get to the optimum structures in accordance with their practical measures of merit. There are three structural design levels and the present publication focuses on the second level which is considered a central one.

The concept design is linked to the geometrical characteristics of the structure while the preliminary design is applied to establish the structural dimensions, or so-called scantlings of the essential structural members. Finally, the detail design deals with the local matters including openings, welding joints, local reinforcements etc.

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