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Container ship flexes under extreme stress

Container ship flexes under extreme stress

(3:11) Like the wings on planes, big ships flex to cope with the extreme forces inflicted by nature. Recorded June 2008, somewhere between the Suez Canal and Singapore.

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iknowlessthanyoudo iknowlessthanyoudo (1313 days ago)

I've always used repeated bending whenever I want to easily snap some metal to pieces. Wouldn't feel good in such waters on such a bending metal vessel.

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I've always used repeated bending whenever I want to easily snap some metal to pieces. Wouldn't feel good in such waters on such a bending metal vessel.

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Ace7 Ace7 (1312 days ago)

If designed correct it is more like a spring. Think of a leaf spring in your car. It bends repeatedly under load with no breaking.

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If designed correct it is more like a spring. Think of a leaf spring in your car. It bends repeatedly under load with no breaking.

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iknowlessthanyoudo iknowlessthanyoudo (1311 days ago)
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Thanks for the perspective. I can visualize the core as a spring but not the skin of the vessel. Wouldn't the rivets or welds suffer heat fatigue from the flexing?

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Thanks for the perspective. I can visualize the core as a spring but not the skin of the vessel. Wouldn't the rivets or welds suffer heat fatigue from the flexing?

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