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- The stresses at a traniiiferse section due to bending are obtained from the usual formula T =§ , where M is the bending moment, I the moment of *inertia of the section about the neutral axis, y the distance from the neutral' axis, of the point at which the stress is required, and p the intensity of stress. In calculating I, a deduction from the area of plating in tension is made for rivet holes, and only the continuous longitudinal portions of the structure are assumed effective in resisting bending., -

The stresses- obtained;by this method undergo considerable variation with class and size of ship. As regards the former, it is evident that the actual straining actions upon a ship necessarily vary with' the type;~ and the stresses allowable, as calculated on a uniform basis 'of applied forces, must vary accordingly The variation due to size is less obvious, but it is clear that the larger the ship, the less is the probability of encounteringlwaves as long as herself; and, moreover, the proportion of hei ht to length of the largest Waves is generallysless than that assumeti For these reasons greater calculated stresses are allowable in large ships than in small ships or in those of moderate size. The limiting stress frequently adopted for small ships is 6 tons per sq. in., which may be increased for portions in tension to 8 tons with high tensile steel; on the other hand, the calculated stresses in the largest vessels frequently exceed 8' tons compressive and IO tons tensile. The above method is that now 'universally adopted for comparing the stresses in ships caused by longitudinal bending; although imperfect, it affords a reasonable basis of comparison between the longitudinal strengths of vessels, especially when, as is generally on Torpedo-Boat'Destroyers (see Trans. Inst. Nav. Arclis., IQ05). The princi al dimensions of the “ Wolf " are-length 210 ft., breadth 21-7 ft., dliaught 5-3 ft., and displacement 360 tons, with a coal capacity of 80 tons. Two sets of experiments were made-f-(i.) under a ogging moment when supported in dock on two cradles IO ftl wide, spaced 26 ft. apart centre to centre, and equidistant from the ship's centre of gravity, bunkers empty; (ii.) under a sag ing moment when supported by similar blocks 120 ft. apart, buniers full. The distribution of wei ht and buoyancy had previously been determined for each caseso that the pressures on the blocks and the bending moments caused thereby could be accurately, obtained. When thus supported the water-level in the dock was gradually lowered; and for successive water-levels spaced 6 in. apart the extension or compression of the plating was measured at various points of the structure by Stromeyer's strain indicators; the vertical deflections at various points of the length were also recorded. The observations were repeated several times, and the following are the general results; .

(a) In the sagging condition the neutral axis was actually situated f7~55 ft. above, theikeel.; the calculated, distance was 7»8 ft. deducting rivet holes in parts in tension and 7-7 ft. without such deduction. In the hogging condition the observed height was 7 '2 ft., those calculated as before being 7 5 ft. and 7>6 ft. All shell and deck plating, gunwale and keelson angles, and the side girders and angles were included in the calculation for the moment ofi inertia. The calculated and observed positions of the neutral axis are thus in fairly close agreement.

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Fig. 57.»~Torpedo-Boat Destroyer in FIG! 58.-Cargo Vessel of 12,000 Tons on FIG. 59.-Cargo Vessel of 12,000 Tons ~ f 'Vave Trough. . ' J Wave Crest. ~ in, Wave Troughf, the case, the comparison ismade between two ships of similar type. The relation between stress and strain has therefore to be investigated, which involves the experimental determination of the modulus of elasticity of the structure. The assumptions on which the theory of bending is based are: (a) At any transverse section the material lying on the neutral surface, ' which passes through the CG. of the effective sectional material, is neither extended nor compressed. (b) The material is homogeneous; and the la-yers comprised betweeniadjaeent surfaces parallel' to the neutral surface act independently. (This is probably more nearly the case in a ship than in a beam of solid sectioni)

(C) The material situated at a distance y from the neutral surface is compressed (or extended) longitudinally by an amount.; of its original length; where I/p is the curvature of the neutral surface if originally straight, or the alteration of curvature if originally curved. (J) The stress is proportional to the strain and equal to -lfy, E being Young's modulus for the material. It follows that the resultant longitudinal force across a section is zero, and the moment of the internal forces about the neutral axis (Le. about the trace of the neutral surface in the section), is Lil, which is equal and opposite to the external bending moment M.(e)

Taking axes-Ox longitudinal, Oz vertical, since' p is large, may be replaced lby QF and i I

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or Ez=ff-1% dx dx,

giving the deflection z at any point.

The validity of the theory as applied to a ship was tested and confirmed in 1903 at Portsmouth Dockyard when experiments were madeon H;M.S. “ Wolf " by Professor J. H. Biles for the Committee section was approximately in accordance with the linear law assumed in the theory of bending/ ', ',

(6) The modulus of elasticity E was obtained by equatin the sum of the -moments about the neutral axis of the stresses deriiuced from the' observed strains to the bending moment., , ,, (d) The value of E was also deduced from the deflections by means of the formula ' ” ' '

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and its value under a sagging moment is in agreement with that found by (c). Under a hogging moment the mean value obtained from the deflection is less than that from the strain, showin that the curvature obtained from the deflections is greater than tiat to which the structure is actually bent.

The table at the top of the following page shows the values obtained* for E, the modulus of elasticity. By observing the deflections of two vessels when loaded with ballast, the following values for E were obtained by T. C. Read and G. Stanbury (Trans. Inst. Nav. Arch., 1894), and are given for purposes of comparison:

Principal Dimensions Load in Deflection Value of E of Vessel. Tons. in Inches. deduced.

T 347'><it5'-6"><27'-2”, 5000 2»31 I 11,000 300'><41'-6">K2t'-2” 1800, -62 ' 9,000

After the experiments the “Wolf " was sent to sea in rough weather with the ob'ect of comparin the stresses then observed with those- calculated under the standard conditions on trough or crest. The strains at various portions of the structure were again

measured with Str0meyer's indicators, and the stresses deduced from