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Femap in maritime – part 4

Bureau Veritas uses Femap to verify designs more easily and quickly

International verification agency Bureau Veritas helps maritime companies with testing, inspection and verification of their products. They are an expert partner for the statutory certification of ships. The complexity of their job has increased because of more demanding rules and regulations. Basic calculations aren’t enough and this means that ship builders have a lot of extra work on their plate. This part of our ‘Femap in the maritime’ series will show how Femap helped Bureau Veritas keep up with the demands for certification.

The case

Schipbuilders look out for tools that help them save time in the design phase of the ships. More specifically, a tool that could tell, during the design phase, whether the ship would meet all the specific requirements or not. This would help engineers save time and give them the certainty that their design would meet the requirements.

Bureau Veritas set out to develop this solution. They chose finite element analysis as the base for this, so the first step was to choose FEA software. The developers chose Femap with NX Nastran because of the strength of its application programming interface (API). They used this programming environment to develop the VeriSTAR Hull tool. This tool is essentially an extension of Femap that helps ship designers by showing the most critical areas in the ship in terms of stress, buckling and fatigue. This helps engineers assess the hull and provides information that is very valuable in the early stages of designing. By combining design with verification, a lot of time is saved and designs are guaranteed to meet all rules and regulations.

VeriSTAR Hull is an extensive customization of Femap, designed to reduce the time required to generate FE models as well as postprocessing.

Since its release, VeriSTAR Hull has been continuously updated with the new rules and regulations, thus making sure designs always meet requirements.

Femap is excellent FEA software, however some companies require a more custom tool. Femap’s advanced API capabilites make Femap highly custumizable.

Would you like to know more about Femap’s API abilities? Contact us and ask us anything, we’ll be glad to help!

October 8, 2019
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