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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Dr Jon Downes: "Ship Structural Collapse Seminar

12:00 - 13:00
20 March 2014
University of Southampton Highfield Campus Building 19, room 3011 Tea, coffee and sustenance will be available.

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Dr Yeping Xiong on +44 (0)2380 596619 or email .

Event details

Dr Downes has just joined the University of Southampton as a Lecturer in Ship Science. He will give an overview on his research interests and discussing his previous research into the progressive collapse of intact and damaged marine structures developing both analytical and FEA based approaches.

The determination of the collapse load, which defines the true ultimate strength of a ship’s girder, is topic of continuously increasing interest to the ship research and design communities. A primary reason behind this interest is that knowledge of the limiting conditions beyond which a hull girder will fail to perform its function will, undoubtedly help in assessing more accurately the true margin of safety between the ultimate capacity of the hull and the maximum combined moment acting on the ship. More rational design may also be achieved particularly in the form of reduced structural mass whilst at the same time fulfilling strength requirements.

Speaker information

Dr Jon Downes, University of Southampton. Dr Jon Downes has 12 years’ experience working in the field of marine structures and naval architecture, previously working with for Newcastle University on both the UK and Singapore campuses. His research focuses on marine design, with an emphasis on structural response and stochastic methods. Specific areas of research interest include: • Progressive Collapse of Structures in both intact and damaged state • Limit-State and Reliability-Based Design • Probabilistic Methods in Marine Design • Efficient Application of Numerical Analysis Tools to both Design and Optimization • Risk-Based Design • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics He has undertaken research into analysis of marine structures funded by the EU (RISPECT, ALERT, POP&C, MARSTRUCT, INTERMODESHIP, MARTOB), Office of Naval Research, and other funding bodies.

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