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Re: Codes for Large Cranes?

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>I have a client who is asking if we can help them with the 
>requirements of large container ship unloading cranes.  
None of the specs you've noted have specific seismic 
requirements for cranes. Cranes tend to have more 
significant modes than buildings and tend to be softer than 
buildinggs. They're also dominated by service loading and 
aren't normally designed aginast ultimate loads. The best 
approach is a response spectrum analysis. The static 
coefficient  method is very misleading. I'd be very surprised 
if there aren't some site specific requrements including 
spectra or at least guidance for spectra for such machinery.

The usual design approach is to use AISC ASD for the 
structure and a CMAA spec for the machinery. The design 
margins for machinery is much different than for the 
structure because the service tends to be very severe with 
lots of dynamic loading. You might want to check with the 
Army Corps of engineers and whatever the Navy calls 
BuDocks these days. The ABS may be of some help.

Chris Wright

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