Impact Loading on Marine Panels: Modeling the Effect of Water Backing

Adel Shams, Valentina Lopresto, Maurizio Porfiri

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The design of naval, aeronautical, and offshore structures considerably relies on fluid-structure interaction models than can accurately predict dynamic response. Here, we propose a modeling framework to elucidate the role of water-backing on the impact response of marine panels. The panel dynamics is described using nonlinear Euler-Bernoulli beam theory incorporating von Kármán nonlinearity. Potential flow theory is used to model the fluid flow, and a closed-form solution is established for the hydrodynamic pressure as a function of the panel acceleration. Galerkin discretization method is implemented to cast the problem into a set of nonlinear ordinary differential equations, which are solved using polynomial set of basis functions. We specialize results to vinyl ester resins panels and a parametric study is conducted to investigate the role of panel thickness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-22
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia Engineering
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational Symposium on Dynamic Response and Failure of Composite materials, DRAF 2016 - Island of Ischia, Italy
Duration: Sep 7 2016Sep 9 2016


  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Hydrodynamic loading
  • Impact loading
  • Water-backing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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