The Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has radically overhauled its ground-breaking software package, SeaTrust-HullScan, the ship design support solution that analyses and appraises a vessel’s hull structure. This will deliver efficiencies when applying the incoming Harmonized Common Structural Rules (CSR-H).
As CSR-H includes a significant expansion in the scope of the direct strength analysis, more time and resource are required. The new SeaTrust-HullScan incorporates additional functionality to support modeling through interfaces with the specialized 3D CAD systems (AVEVA Marine, Smart Marine 3D and others) which are widely used in most shipyards in Korea. This radically reduces the time spent applying the requirements of CSR-H. Additionally, the automatic generation of a fine mesh model on location also saves many man-hours.
The new SeaTrust-HullScan delivers functions to optimise design and review data so that calculation results can be analysed with a single click. Correct analysis and evaluation of results is delivered through automatic generation of buckling panels based on Finite Element Methodology (FEM).
SeaTrust-HullScan was initially launched by KR in 2013 and it has been adopted by almost all shipbuilders and ship designers in Korea.
Commenting on the new version, Dr Kim Chang-wook, Executive Vice President of KR’s Technical Division said: “We constantly work hard to save time and money for our customers. This completely overhauled software solution shortens the time yards and designers need to spend on ensuring the new structural rules are applied correctly. The unique feedback system built into the software encourages an open dialogue with our customers and is helping them make full use of the new solution. I am confident that SeaTrust-HullScan will help our customers generate rapid and more accurate modelling.”
KR played a leading role in the IACS technical team that developed the two independent rule sets – Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Common Structural Rules for Oil Tankers. The harmonized rule set became effective from 1st July 2015, one year earlier than the IMO’s mandatory application date.