ClassNK releases guidelines for liquefied gas carrier structures

Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Liquefied Gas Carrier Structures – Membrane System, which specify the technical requirements for evaluating structural strength using finite element analysis when designing membrane-type liquefied gas carriers.

The Guidelines are composed of:

–        the Guidelines for Direct Strength Analysis, which specify the requirements for evaluating the yield and buckling strength of the net scantlings of the primary structural members by direct strength calculation,

–        and the Guidelines for Fatigue Strength Assessment, which define the requirements for fatigue strength evaluation for stress-concentrated parts.

The main components include design loads dominant for hull structure, strength analysis methods and corrosion deductions, design scenarios in which assessments are required by the IMO IGC Code, local strength requirements for inner hull structures, and strain control requirements for inner hull structures required by designers of membrane cargo containment systems.

A calculation function corresponding to the requirements of the guidelines will also be added to the PrimeShip-Hull series, the Society’s hull structure design support software.

The guidelines are available to download free of charge via ClassNK’s website for those who have registered for the ClassNK My Page service.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor