A Computational Berthing Model for the Design of Fender Systems

by John R. Headland, Moffatt & Nichol, Engineers, Bethesda, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92


The IRF numerical model has not been widely applied to the design of fender systems although the method has been extensively confirmed by hydraulic model tests and partially verified by full scale measurements. This stems, in part, from the complexity of the IRF method vis-a-vis the KE method. The KE method, applied with engineering judgement, may continue as the standard for fender system design. Nevertheless, the IRF method offers engineers a systematic means for designing fender systems which minimizes uncertainties regarding selection of added mass. The case study summarized in this paper demonstrates the utility of the IRF method and will hopefully encourage practitioners to consider the IRF method as a design tool.

Subject Headings: Numerical models | Hydraulic models | Hydraulic design | Computing in civil engineering | Scale models | Numerical methods | Case studies | Computer models

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