KR Overhauls Hull Structure Software

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 7, 2015

IACS member classification society the Korean Register (KR) informs it has overhauled its SeaTrust-HullScan software package, a ship design support solution that analyzes and appraises a vessel’s. According to KR, the update will deliver efficiencies when applying the incoming Harmonized Common Structural Rules (CSR-H).
 
As CSR-H includes an expansion in the scope of the direct strength analysis, more time and resource are required. The new SeaTrust-HullScan incorporates additional functionality to support modeling through interfaces with the specialized 3D CAD systems (AVEVA Marine, Smart Marine 3D and others) which are widely used in most shipyards in Korea. This reduces the time spent applying the requirements of CSR-H, while the automatic generation of a fine mesh model on location also saves many man-hours, KR explained.
 
The new SeaTrust-HullScan also delivers functions to optimize design and review data so that calculation results can be analyzed with a single click, KR noted. Correct analysis and evaluation of results is delivered through automatic generation of buckling panels based on Finite Element Methodology (FEM).
 
SeaTrust-HullScan, initially launched by KR in 2013, has been adopted by almost all shipbuilders and ship designers in Korea.
 
Commenting on the new version, Dr. Kim Chang-wook, Executive Vice President of KR’s Technical Division said, “We constantly work hard to save time and money for our customers. This completely overhauled software solution shortens the time yards and designers need to spend on ensuring the new structural rules are applied correctly. The unique feedback system built into the software encourages an open dialogue with our customers and is helping them make full use of the new solution. I am confident that SeaTrust-HullScan will help our customers generate rapid and more accurate modeling.”
 
KR said it played a leading role in the IACS technical team that developed the two independent rule sets – Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Common Structural Rules for Oil Tankers. The harmonized rule set has become effective from July 1, 2015, one year earlier than IMO’s mandatory application date.
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