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BV NR615 Plate Buckling (2023)

BV NR615 Plate Buckling (2023) standard implemented according to BV NR615 Buckling Assessment of Plated Structures, July 2023.

To add the Standard execute Standards - Main - Other - BV NR615 Plate Buckling (2023) from the ribbon:

EC3 Plate Buckling | SDC Verifier

Plate and Stiffener Buckling Checks are calculated on Sections. With the help of Panel Finder tool, it is possible to automatically recognize Section and Plates with their dimensions.

By default, All Sections are included in the selection but it can be changed by pressing . If sections were not recognized press to run Panel Finder tool.

Press to Set Standard Custom Settings

Standard uses material data (Yield/Tensile) in calculations. Wizard checks if the values are defined for all materials.


Assessment Method - Appendix 2, Method Selection for Direct Strength Analysis of Panels;

Slenderness Coefficient - Sec 2 / 2.1, Slenderness coefficient used to check minimum net thickness of plate panels; C = 100 for hull envelope, C = 125 for other structures;

Thickness Factor - increase thickness and reduce stresses;

Partial Safety Factor - S = 1.1 for structures exposed to local concentrated loads, S = 1.15 for specific cases, S = 1.0 for other cases, for a full list of cases see (Sec 5 / Symbols);

Use Plate Average Stress - use average element stress if OFF or averaged stress on the plate using elements area if ON;

Plate Buckling Results

Stress Conversion

Plate Buckling check requires to verify element stresses (Sx, Sy and Txy) to be translated into the plate X, Y, XY directions.

Conversion of the stresses is done automatically in Plate Buckling check. If Use Plate Average Stress option is turned OFF (by meaning element average option is used) - the nodal element stresses at top and bottom are averaged (which is equivalent to using midplane centroid stress) and translated into plate directions.

SDC Verifier makes an assumption that the plate elements are calculated without any output transformation and the default values are used:

Plate Dimensions and Thickness

Results depend on the plate dimensions and direction. It is important to understand how the Panel Finder performs recognition. Length is considered to be the longest edge of the plate and width the longest perpendicular to the longest edge:

Plate dimentions can be calculated using CSR method - calculate equivalent rectangular plate dimensions described in Common Structural Rules (1 Jan 2018) Part 1, Chapter 8, Section 4 (2.3)

Calculations are performed on every element and thickness is taken directly from each element. It is possible to set thickness manually, in this case, element thickness will be ignored and user-defined thickness will be used.

Example: A Plate with 2 properties 0.01 and 0.02 thicknesses. The left picture displays the property labels with property thicknesses and the right one presents plate buckling plot of thickness parameter: