Fender System Selection Using ANSYS

This paper will describe complete investigations of the analysis and design of a proposed fender system. Finite elements analysis using ANSYS were performed on a wood fender system and a steel fender system subjected to impact load caused by a vessel collision. The impact load was converted into equivalent static load. The selection of the most efficient fender system is based on the principle on energy absorption of the system to the impact load. The ANSYS program was chosen to perform the analysis because it has an excellent feature that calculates the potential energy of the material. The wood system consists of 153 vertical rows of piles, a nose pile, 76 rows on the front face, 76 rows on the back face and walers spanning between the piles. The wood system was designed according to the NDS specifications. The steel system consists of 29 vertical rows of piles, a nose pile, 14 rows on the front face, 14 rows on the back face and steel beams (walers) spanning between the piles. The steel system was design according to the AISC specifications. The paper will present detailed procedure of the analyses and present comparative summary of the analyses. The paper will also describe the process used in choosing to adopt to construct the steel fender system.

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