Low-velocity impact behaviour and failure of stiffened steel plates
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Original versionMarine Structures. 2017, 54 73-91. 10.1016/j.marstruc.2017.03.005
The behaviour and failure of stiffened steel plates subjected to transverse loading by an indenter is studied in this paper. Low-velocity dynamic and quasi-static tests of stiffened plates with geometry adopted from a typical external deck area on an offshore platform were conducted. The results show that the quasi-static tests provide a good reference for impact loading situations, although they displayed a larger displacement at fracture. Finite element simulations of the steel panel tests were performed, using the elastic-viscoplastic J2 flow theory and a one-parameter fracture criterion. A relatively fine spatial discretization in the load application area was needed to capture accurately the onset of fracture. In order to locally refine the mesh, a method for automatic mesh refinement based on damage driven h-adaptivity was implemented and evaluated against results obtained with fixed meshes of various element sizes.