Structural integrity analysis of containers lost at sea using finite element method

Selda Oterkus, Bingquan Wang, Erkan Oterkus, Yakubu Kasimu Galadima, Margot Cocard, Stefanos Mokas, Jami Buckley, Callum McCullough, Dhrubajyoti Boruah, Bob Gilchrist

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Unlike traditional transportation, container transportation is a relatively new logistics transportation mode. Shipping containers lost at sea have raised safety concerns. In this study, finite element analysis of containers subjected to hydrostatic pressure, using commercial software ANSYS APDL was performed. A computer model that can reasonably predict the state of an ISO cargo shipping container was developed. The von Mises stress distribution of the container was determined and the yield strength was adopted as the failure criterion. Numerical investigations showed that the conventional ship container cannot withstand hydrostatic pressure in deep water conditions. A strengthened container option was considered for the container to retain its structural integrity in water conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalSustainable Marine Structures
Issue number2
Early online date30 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2022


  • container
  • finite element method
  • structural integrity
  • sea


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