Modular pontoon couplings

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Adarsh Edakkote, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Adarsh Edakkote
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    Adarsh Edakkote Junior Member

    Hi All,

    can anybody advise how to design modular pontoon couplings?
    Or Please suggest me any reference documents or rules?

    Regards
    Adarsh
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    What is the application? For example, this could be to make a pontoon boat and they are suppose to create a long rigid log. It could also be a floating dock, where they are hinged and allowed to move up and down.
     
  3. TANSL
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    I've never seen a floating dock formed by hinged pontoons. I think it's crazy, but maybe I'm wrong because today you can never say "this is impossible".
     
  4. gonzo
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    It is a standard floating dock design. It is also commonly used on floating breakwaters.
     
  5. TANSL
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    I see. I may not have the same idea of you on what a floating dock.
    Floating breakwaters need to be articulated but I think a floating dock must be rigid.
     
  6. Squidly-Diddly
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    see my Gallery for my modular system
     
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  8. Ad Hoc
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    Ad Hoc Naval Architect

    We designed a series of floating pontoons for Pool harbour in the UK. These are all hinged together to allow free movement of the pontoon as a wave passes. the hinged joint simply takes a reaction load, thus no bending = less structure = less weight = cheaper to build.
     
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