The traditional method for the fatigue strength assessment of ship structures is based on S-N curves and Miner linear cumulative damage rules. However, with the development of the ship mechanics, the fracture mechanics method has aroused people’s attention. Some researchers have begun to use the fracture mechanics method to perform the fatigue strength assessment of ship structures. A fracture mechanics based approach for the fatigue assessment of ship structures in random sea states is presented. First, the fatigue stress history of the ship structures in random sea states is simulated. Then, the stress intensity factor in random sea states is calculated through the weight function and the fatigue stress of the ship structures in random sea states. Finally, the crack growth is calculated using Pairs equation for each stress cycle throughout the fatigue stress history of the ship structures in random sea states.

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