As the three-dimensional finite element model has become the de facto standard for ship structural design, interest in accurately transferring seakeeping loads to panel based structural models has increased dramatically in recent years. In today’s design practices, panel based hydrodynamic analyses are often used for mapping seakeeping loads to 3D FEM structural models. However, 3D panel based hydrodynamic analyses are computationally expensive. For monohull ships, methods based on strip theories have been successfully used in the industry for many years. They are computationally efficient, and provide good predictions for motions and hull girder loads. However, many strip theory methods provide only hull girder sectional forces and moments, such as vertical bending moment and vertical shear force, which are difficult to apply to 3D finite element structural models. Previously, the authors have proposed a hybrid strip theory method to transfer 2D strip theory based seakeeping loads to 3D finite element models. In the hybrid approach, the velocity potentials of strip sections are first calculated based on the ordinary 2D strip theories. The velocity potentials of a finite element panel are obtained from the interpolation of the velocity potentials of the strip sections. The panel pressures are then computed based on Bernoulli’s equation. Integration of the pressure over the finite element model wetted panels yields the hydrodynamic forces and moments. The equations of motion are then formulated based on the finite element model. The method not only produces excellent ship motion results, but also results in a perfectly balanced structural model. In this paper, the hybrid approach is extended to the 2.5D high speed strip theory. The simple Rankine source function is used to compute velocity potentials. The original linearized free surface condition, where the forward speed term is not ignored, is used to formulate boundary integral equations. A model based on the Series-64 hull form was used for validating the proposed hybrid method. The motion RAOs are in good agreement with VERES’s 2.5D strip theory and with experimental results. Finally, an example is provided for transferring seakeeping loads obtained by the 2.5D hybrid strip theory to a 3D finite element model.

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