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Encyclopedia of Marine and Energy Technology

Finite element method (FEM)


The method of analysis of ship structures developed in 1960s. This allows to apply loads in the most realistic way and to analyse stresses with sufficient accuracy even in very complex structures.

For the past 25 years, the finite element method has increasingly been applied as a rational tool for ship structural analysis and dimensioning. The development of advanced containerships and gas carriers was only possible on the basis of detailed FEM calculations.