The Capsize Band Concept Revisited

  • Nikolaos Tsakalakis
  • Jakub Cichowicz
  • Dracos VassalosEmail author
Part of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (FMIA, volume 119)


A concept for analytical representation of the capsize rate, a measure directly related to damage ship survivability, has attracted attention ever since the first attempts were made to explain the behaviour of a damaged ship in waves. Attempts in the late 1990s helped to enhance understanding and facilitate characterisation of phenomena pertaining to capsize probability and time to capsize in given environments and loading conditions, but a consistent verifiable formulation is still lacking. In this respect, pursuing an analytical approach to express the capsize rate offers many advantages, time efficiency being amongst the most important. In an era when stability/survivability calculations are required to be carried out in real time, there is a need for a model accounting for the random nature of capsize whilst achieving accuracy close to that of time-domain simulations with simple hydrostatic calculations. This study is an attempt to establish a new methodology for survivability assessment by means of a multivariable analytical model based on numerical simulations, validated against the results of physical model tests.


Damage stability Capsize band Critical wave height Ro-Pax 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolaos Tsakalakis
    • 1
  • Jakub Cichowicz
    • 1
  • Dracos Vassalos
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.The Ship Stability Research Centre, Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine EngineeringUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland, UK

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