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LR partners with RaonX on ship design FEA software

Buckling assessment carried out within the ShipRight FastTrack application Buckling assessment carried out within the ShipRight FastTrack application

Lloyd’s Register (LR), in collaboration with RaonX Solutions (RaonX), has released new software to assist shipbuilders with the more stringent requirements demanded in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) under the latest IACS and Classification Rules.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}LR and RaonX have developed the ShipRight FastTrack (FT) FEA software to generate a qualified FE mesh model from 2D / 3D plans without the need for excessive human intervention. The post process has been upgraded and an improved reporting function has also been added.

LR says that it worked together with RaonX over the past year to develop the software, with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) acting as a client beta tester.

“We have tested ShipRight FT, which has been mutually developed by RaonX and Lloyd’s Register, with the major commercial ship type designs and decide to adopt ShipRight FT for the hull initial design of our newbuilding projects to improve our design process by minimising our FE analysis and evaluation time,” said Hong-Ryeul Ryu, general manager at HHI basic hull design department.

“We are expecting reduction of FE analysis and evaluation period by 30 per cent and more after some modules’ stabilisation.”

In related news, LR CEO, Alastair Marsh, has signed two new Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) during Singapore Maritime Week 2017.

The first promotes research and development (R&D) and innovation, building upon existing collaborations in areas like vessel stability and safety while also extending into Big Data and intelligent systems for real time condition monitoring, unmanned systems and robotics for operations, maintenance and inspections, and emerging areas such as 3D printing.

The second MoU, signed between LR, MPA, Alpha Ori Technology Holdings and the Technology Centre for Offshore & Marine Singapore (TCOMS), covers an agreement to set up a Centre Of Innovation (COI) for SMARTShip Technology. The COI’s efforts will be focused on projects related to smart shipping, advanced data analytics, and cyber security.

“We see a very exciting future for Singapore, which is bringing disruptive, transformational thinking, especially in digital, data and software to the marine and offshore industry,” said Mr Marsh.

“Singapore can take a lead by continuing to focus on collaboration, partnerships and co-innovation – working with key partners in government, academia and business.”{/mprestriction}

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