A nonlinear sloshing problem in LNG tanker is numerically simulated. During excessive sloshing, the sloshing-induced impact load can cause a critical damage on the tank structure. Recently, this problem became one of important issues in FPSO design. A three-dimensional free surface flow in a tank is formulated in the scope of potential flow theory. The exact nonlinear free surface condition is satisfied numerically. A finite-element method based on Hamilton’s principle is employed as a numerical scheme. The problem is treated as an initial-value problem. The computations are made through an iterative method at each time step. The hydrodynamic loading on the pillar in the tank is computed and compared with other results.

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