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Survival Criteria for Passenger Roll-On/Roll-Off Vessels and Survival Time

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The paper addresses the problem of damage stability criteria with reference to survival time, that is, the time available for evacuation of passengers on a damaged passenger roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessel undergoing large-scale flooding on the car deck. The current various proposals at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the s factor (probability of surviving a given flooding) make no reference to survival time. The paper shows a direct link of the "prime" s factor with the time to capsize. This link has unprecedented value for a flooding control decision support system used during a crisis on board passenger ships but is of no value for the designer for whom the s factor means simply probability of surviving with adequate survival time. The paper shows how to utilize experimental data from 30-minute test runs for survival criteria based on longer duration of tests.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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