Published by Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA).
Published in World Port Development.
Published in World Port Development, Container Crane & Component Supplement
Presented at PEMA 2014 Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam
The booklet explains the fundamental principles of general yielding, fatigue crack growth, brittle fracture, the concepts of stress intensity and fracture toughness, fatigue design criteria, the statistical basis for fatigue criteria, and the selection of inspection intervals.
This presentation discusses fatigue design philosophy, useful life analysis, structural maintenance, and shows repair examples.
Structural maintenance is most efficiently, i.e., cost effectively, achieved through varying inspection intervals for the different crane components, depending on predicted cumulative “damage.” In this sense, cumulative damage refers to fatigue crack growth, not accidental damage.
Presented at the 2003 TOC Asia in Hong Kong
So you have an older crane that has not undergone regular structural inspection—what are your options? You can do nothing and blindly use the crane, which, as we will explain later, is risky. Or you can assess its condition to find out how much structural life remains. Once you know the condition, you can decide how to best use the crane.
Useful structural life is the remaining time a crane can be operated with an acceptable risk of failure. This time can be extended using a structural maintenance program.