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Seeing arrangements as connections: The use of networks in analysing existing and historical ship designs

Pawling, RJ; Andrews, DJ; (2018) Seeing arrangements as connections: The use of networks in analysing existing and historical ship designs. In: Kujala, P and Lu, L, (eds.) Marine Design XIII: Proceedings of the 13th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC 2018), June 10-14, 2018, Helsinki, Finland. (pp. pp. 307-326). CRC Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

A growing trend in computer aided ship design, particularly in the early stages, is the utilisation of approaches and numerical methods developed in other disciplines. Examples include genetic algorithms, financial methods of risk assessment and the use of network science. Networks can provide an abstract mathematical representation of many types of connected features, properties and information, such that the associated network analysis metrics and approaches can offer new ways of investigating and evaluating ship designs. This paper reports on ongoing UCL investigations into the application of network science in assisting human analysis of the general arrangements of existing ship designs. This work includes designs of complex service vessels (research vessels) as a comparison with naval ships and makes use of freely available network analysis software. This project makes use of the experience in naval vessel concept design at UCL by enabling a comparison of expert judgement and interpretation of designs with the quantitative network metrics. This paper describes the network analysis approach adopted, the findings for the arrangements analysed, and also discusses the future work required to further the approach.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Seeing arrangements as connections: The use of networks in analysing existing and historical ship designs
Event: 13th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC 2018)
Location: Espoo, FINLAND
Dates: 10 June 2018 - 14 June 2018
ISBN-13: 9780429440533
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/seeing-arra...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123273
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