Using artificial neural networks and strain gauges for the determination of static loads on a thin square fully constrained composite marine panel subjected to a large central displacement

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Reza Ramazani, M. ; Sewell, Philip ; Noroozi, Siamak ; Khanadan, R. ; Cripps, Bob (2012)

Current methods of estimating the behaviour of marine composite structures under pressure due to slamming as a result of high waves are based on trial and error or oversimplification. Normally under these conditions the nonlinearities of these structures are often neglected and in order to compensate, an overestimated safety factor is employed. These conservative approaches can result in heavier and overdesigned structures. In this paper a new semi-empirical method is proposed that overcomes some of these problems. This work involved the use of Artificial Neural Network (ANN) combined with strain gauge data to enable real-time in-service load monitoring of large marine structural panels. Such a tool has other important applications such as monitoring slamming or other transient hydrostatic loads that can ultimately affect their fatigue life. To develop this system a Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) composite panel was used due to its potential for providing a nonlinear response to pressure or slamming loads. It was found the ANN was able to predict normal loads applied at different locations on the panel accurately. This method is also capable of predicting loads on the marine structure in real-time.
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