Ship Spreader Beam Design

A large container ship was to be erected in a dock, which was designed for construction of a much lighter ship. HEA designed a spreader beam to distribute the ship’s weight across sixty locations on the dock slab. The beams allowed for very large loads to be transferred from the ship’s stern to the dock slab without damage to either the ship or the slab. Our calculations considered soil, slab, beam and ship stiffness.

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