New software releases aid builders and designers

Apr 08 2016

DNV GL’s latest releases of its integrated calculation tools Nauticus Hull and Sesam GeniE offer designers and yards increased calculation speed and efficiency in design, IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT) rule calculations and the approval process, the class society claimed.

DNV GL said that the introduction of the CSR BC & OT makes support from advanced rule calculation tools more important than ever.

“We were one of the first classification societies to integrate support for the common structural rules into our tools,” said Vebjørn Guttormsen, head of section calculation tools at DNV GL – Maritime. “Since then, our tools have been used successfully in many newbuilding projects by yards and designers, especially in (South) Korea, China and Japan, and the new versions build on this experience.

“As we were developing the new DNV GL rules, we invested heavily in updating and expanding Nauticus Hull and Sesam GeniE, giving them better modelling and FE meshing capabilities, as well as improving how they interface with yard design and FE systems.”

The IACS CSR has meant a shift towards more computerisation of rule formulations and structural assessment. These more advanced methods of determining loads and structural strength will give a better picture of how a design will perform in reality, DNV GL said.

The changes in Nauticus Hull and Sesam GeniE address the needs of designers, who will be working with an increased number of models and load cases, and will gain from a streamlined and efficient design iteration process.

CSR BC & OT involve working with large FE cargo hold models with a huge number of load cases. “In order to ensure excellent modelling performance on such large models, we have introduced a new database file format for Sesam GeniE. This new file format ensures significantly less CPU time needed on large modelling operations and meshing,” said Erik Ian von Hall, head of product centre at DNV GL - Software.

With CSR, fine mesh modelling of local details and fatigue assessment is extensive and time-consuming without the use of advanced rule calculation tools. DNV GL said that it provides improved modelling support for FE fatigue models and fatigue assessment. The newly developed FE fatigue tool in Nauticus Hull also includes methods for adjusting the stress components for element sizes differing from the net thickness, allowing mesh consistency while updating plate thickness in design iterations.

In the new version of Sesam GeniE, load application has been improved by integrating the adjustment of hull girder loads. In addition, the graphical display and reporting of loads have been further improved to support model verification and the large number of load cases. Sesam GeniE also has powerful capabilities for yield and buckling check of the model according to CSR BC & OT. The latest release comes with several updates to the code check to further automate this process.

“Advanced software tools will continue to grow in importance in the future, with the increasing emphasis on making more realistic determinations of loads and structural strength. At DNV GL we have a large and dedicated software team and we are committed to ensuring that our tools provide the efficient engineering support our customers need, both today and in the future,” said von Hall.     

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