This work deals with the reliability assessment of a tanker ship hull structure subjected to a vertical bending moment and corrosion degradation. The progressive collapse and ultimate load carrying capacity are estimated based on experimentally tested scaled box-shaped-specimens. The translation of the strength estimate of the scaled specimen to the real tanker ship hull structure is performed based on the dimensional theory developing a step-wise linear stress-strain relationship. The load-carrying capacity is considered as a stochastic variable, and the uncertainties resulted from the scaled-specimen to the real-structure strength translation, and the subjected load of the real ship are also accounted for. A sensitivity analysis concerning the stochastic variables, included in the ultimate limit state function is performed. The partial safety factors, in the case of a scaled specimen and real structure, are also identified, and conclusions are derived.
The objective of this work is to investigate numerically (using the non-linear FEM and the approach stipulated by the Common Structural Rules) the severe nonuniform corrosion degradation eﬀect on the ultimate strength of stiﬀened plates and compare the results to the already published experimental works. Diﬀerent factors governing structural behavior of corroded stiﬀened plates are investigated, such as corrosion degradation level, material properties, initial imperfections and boundary conditions. The numerically estimated ultimate strength demonstrated to be very close to those observed during the experimental test. A sensitivity analysis with respect to the most important governing parameters of the numerical estimation of the ultimate strength is also performed and several conclusions are derived. The applied calculation procedure avoids using of a pitted surface of the corroded plates and instead of that an equivalent thickness is applying leading to a relatively fast and practical approach for ultimate trength assessment of corroded stiﬀened plates.