Optimisation of Ship and Offshore Structures and Effective Waterway Infrastructures to Support the Global Economic Growth of a Country/Region

Philippe Rigo, Abbas Bayatfar, Loïc Buldgen, Timothée Pire, Sara Echeverry, Jean-David Caprace


This paper includes the following parts:

• Ship Structure Optimization: methodology to perform ship scantling optimization, decreasing steel weight and keeping the production cost at an acceptable level. We first review the links between “Design” and “Optimization” and secondly define the place of “Ship Structure Optimization” within the general framework of a “Ship Optimization”.

• Ship impacts (Collision), with applications to navigation lock and dry dock gates: these gates have to be designed taking into account accidental loads, such as ship collisions. A new simplified analytical method is proposed, based on the so-called super-element method. This method was developed to rapidly assess the crashworthiness of the collided structure and avoid high computational effort of numerical simulations.

• Inland waterway Navigation and the development in South America of Inland Waterway Classifications.

• EMSHIP, European ERASMUS MUNDUS education program ( the unique master’s degree in Ship & Offshore Structures awarded by the prestigious European Erasmus Mundus Program. EMSHIP shares the outstanding experiences of educators, trainers, industrial partners and students in the rapidly developing areas of marine and offshore engineering industry.


Navigation; inland waterway; optimisation; ship collision; lock gate; ship structure; analytical method; LBR-5; super-element; EMSHIP; waterway classification

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ISSN: 1909-8642 (Impreso)

ISSN: 2619-645X (Online)

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