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Internship: Development of automated structural analysis tools

Internship in Schiedam, the Netherlands

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Dutch (Fluent)

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0 to 1 years

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As a world leader in offshore floating solutions, SBM Offshore has developed a plan to optimize, transform and innovate current procedures and products to provide the world with safe, sustainable and affordable energy for generations to come.

The development of FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) and FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) units are part of the core business within SBM. The structural design of the ship structure is an essential part to the success of the complete project.


FPSO hull structures can be divided into two categories, ship structures and interface structures. For each kind of structure, different rules and calculations procedures are to be applied.

  • Ship Structure calculations focus on the global strength assessment of the ship.

  • Interface Structure calculations are used to verify the local strength at the interface area.

These calculations are typically standard calculations in accordance with ship design Rules and Regulations. The structural analysis process for hull and interface structure can be improved by having automated tools.

Some tools need to be developed to improve the efficiency in the structural design process.


The goal of the internship is to develop a set of tools to automate the finite element calculation procedures for

structural analysis. The scope consists of:

  • Understand the general process of ship structural design.
  • Develop different code modules in visual basic in Excel for loading, analyzing and post-processing.of ship and interface structures.
  • Gain basic knowledge of finite element software Femap.
  • Gain basic knowledge of typical structural check, like yield and buckling evaluations.
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At SBM Offshore, our people have unrivaled experience and understanding of the needs of the global offshore energy industry. Our product development is driven by evolving market demand.
SBM Offshore provides floating production solutions to the offshore energy industry, over the full product life-cycle. The Company is market leading in leased floating production systems with multiple units currently in operation and...

7,000 employees