Next Article in Journal
Geometric Evaluation of Stiffened Steel Plates Subjected to Transverse Loading for Naval and Offshore Applications
Previous Article in Journal
Role of Upper-Flow-Regime Bedforms Emplaced by Sediment Gravity Flows in the Evolution of Deltas
Open AccessCommunication

Engineering Design Driven by Models and Measures: The Case of a Rigid Inflatable Boat

Department of Industrial Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, viale Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7010006
Received: 6 October 2018 / Revised: 4 December 2018 / Accepted: 30 December 2018 / Published: 5 January 2019
Rigid-hulled inflatable boats are extremely practical and popular nowadays, offering an effective conciliation among usability and costs. Their stable and seaworthy behavior is guaranteed by performing hydroplaning hulls coupled with unsinkable inflated tubes. At the same time, their design is often based on tradition and preconceptions. In this article, both numerical methods and experimental mechanics techniques are proposed as an essential way for supporting the designers in decisive tasks. Three different situations are detailed where a numerical or an experimental approach shows its benefit inside the engineering design process: firstly, permitting investigation of the behavior of materials driving the fiberglass selection; then measuring the levels of stress and strain in the hull during sailing; and finally, using information as a base for developing numerical models of the hull slamming in waves. Even if the discussion is focused on a rigid inflatable boat, a large part of these considerations is relevant beyond this particular case. View Full-Text
Keywords: boat design; experimental mechanics; stress-strain analysis; numerical modelling; rigid inflatable boat; fiber-reinforced composite boat design; experimental mechanics; stress-strain analysis; numerical modelling; rigid inflatable boat; fiber-reinforced composite
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Fragassa, C. Engineering Design Driven by Models and Measures: The Case of a Rigid Inflatable Boat. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7, 6.

AMA Style

Fragassa C. Engineering Design Driven by Models and Measures: The Case of a Rigid Inflatable Boat. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2019; 7(1):6.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Fragassa, Cristiano. 2019. "Engineering Design Driven by Models and Measures: The Case of a Rigid Inflatable Boat" J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 7, no. 1: 6.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop