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TNO – Defence Materiel Organisation

Increasing demands on ship explosion resistance require adequate modelling of the deformation and fracture behaviour of the ship structure at internal explosion loads. A large project (including a PhD project) is being performed in order to test and model the welded ship structure under explosion loading. Tensile tests at a velocity of 1,000 mm/s have been performed on large welded plate specimens. Modelling of the experiments including strain rate effects and material transitions at the welds, provides numerical predictions of ductile fracture.

Applied methods & software:

  • Abaqus / LS-Dyna
  • Materials testing at static & high strain rates
  • Experiments on welded plates
  • Full scale experiments of explosion loaded ship bulkheads


Ship failure by internal explosion 1
Ship failure by internal explosion 2

Our adress: Gorterlaan 8 | 2662 AE Bergschenhoek | The Netherlands | Phone: +31 6 21 86 77 55 | E-mail: informatie@dtrl.nl