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Stresses on Ship-All you need to know

Stresses on ship have been discussed here. A ship like other objects is subjected to both stress and strain, and since the size of the ship is large, they serve a great importance. Ship is subject to stress and strain because loading, buoyancy, weather and machinery. All of them have different effect on ship structure. It should have strength to bear these stresses and also to resist them.

Types of Stress on Ship

There are two kind of stress:

1)     Tensile

2)     Compressive

3)     Bending

4)     Shearing
Tensile stress is usually the one which tries to rip apart the structure or you can say it tries to pull it. While compressive stress are reverse of it, and tends to buckle the ship. Bending stresses to bend the whole structure just like you do bend your back. Shearing forces are the ones which shears the material. For twisting forces that develop when you spin your body and then try to stop it suddenly.
Stresses on a ship are generally divided in classes which are called as Structural or Local. We will discuss each of them in detail.

Structural Stresses on a ship

They will usually affect the structure of the ship and they are named as




      Effects of Drydock

      Water Pressure

Hogging and sagging are generally related to how the ships have been loaded. If she has been loaded more at the ends and lesser at amidship it will hog. Sagging on the other hand is when the loading is more on amidships. Diagram below shows such condition. Both of them are longitudinal stresses. And they are greatest at amidship and bottom. Ships that are longer usually have a high shear stress at the neutral axis. To prevent such stresses, ship is provided with more strengthen members at the half depth of the ship.
hogging and sagging
Racking stress on the other hand is caused on the side of the ship as shown in the diagram below. Therefore the side plating and bottom plating should be strong enough to bear them. Transverse bulkheads usually give strength against such stresses and prevent ship from racking stresses. Water pressure as we know will try to push the plates inside. Frames will help a lot from such pressure.
When ships goes to dry-dock, ship bottom is subjected to various stresses as ship is no more floating. The bottom is resting on the wooden supports. But the whole bottom does not. This makes the bilges to sag.
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On the other hand vibrations causes strain in the ship structure and such is avoided by strengthening the cellular structure below the engine.

Local Stresses on Ship

There are two kinds of local stresses on ship which are named as panting and pounding.

Panting– This is the inward and outward movement of ship platting at the bow. This is causes by the water pressure caused by the continuous waves coming and touches bow of the ship.
Stresses on ship
Pounding– This kind of stress comes in play when the ship is pitching. Since during such event, the bow lifts and gets clear of the water. And then again strikes the water. Due to this large forces acts on the bow and can damage with bow, if the pitching is too much. That is the reason why the bow is made in such a way that it has strengthened plating around the bow.

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