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1    Entity Decks

Entity Decks will be developed as a container which contains combined data of all defined singular decks.

As a child of entity Decks you have already included the multiple (select one of more) entity Deck (see Developing a ship design process).

The entity Decks can contain one or more Deck entities, each containing the same parameters and relations. However, the user can provide different input values for every Deck.

During the computation, the user will be asked the number of Deck entities he/she wants to include. If you include the Nr parameter in the "container” entity Decks, this will be the parameter which determines the number of Deck entities that will be placed, because Nr contains an @NRINST attribute in the Data, as explained in Some handy attributes.

  • Add the following parameters in the Knowledge Browser:

Parameter name

Dimension

Determined by

Reference

In Class

Total_deck_area

[m^2]

USR: User or system/equation

Total deck area

Dimensions

Deck_data#

[Telitab]

USL: User or system/function

Table of deck data

Dimensions

Total_accommodation_area

[m^2]

USR: User or system/equation

Total accommodation deck area

Dimensions

Total_accommodation_area#

[Telitab]

USL: User or system/function

Table of all accommodation deck data

Dimensions

Please note that “#” behind a parameter name automatically indicates that it is of type Telitab, which mean that this parameter can contain Text, a List or a Table. For more detailed information about a TeLiTab see TeLiTab. It is used here to create a Table.

 

  • Include the following parameters in entity Decks: Nr, Total_deck_area, Deck_data#, Total_accommodation_area, Total_accommodation_area#, QEntityRef.

Tip

If you forgot in which class you put a parameter, use the seach box at the top of the Knowledge Browser to find it for you.

 

Relations for these parameters will be included at a later stage, because these will be clearer to you when you first have developed the entity Deck.

2    Entity Deck

  • Create a new class: Mass calculation under Top goals/Undefined. This class will be used later on.
  • Add the following parameters in the Knowledge Browser:

 

Parameter name

Dimension

Determined by

Reference

In Class

B

[m]

VR: User only

Width

Dimensions

Area

[m^2]

USR: User or system/equation

Area

Dimensions

Deck_function$

[Str]

VR: User only

Define function of deck
Accommodation<EQ>
Cargo deck<EQ>
RoRo<EQ
Tanktop<EQ
Other<EQ>

General

L

[m]

VR: User only

Length

Dimensions

Weight_area_factor

[t/m^2]

USR: User or system/equation

Weight factor per area

Mass calculation

X_aft

[m]

VR: User only

Aft deck position in X (longitudinal) direction

Dimensions

X_front

[m]

VR: User only

Front deck position in X (longitudinal) direction

Dimensions

X_aft_plane_ID

[ID]

VR: User only

Define aft (longitudinal) position of deck by selecting a transverse reference plane

Dimensions

X_front_plane_ID

[ID]

VR: User only

Define front (longitudinal) position of deck by selecting a transverse reference plane

Dimensions

Z_plane_ID

[ID]

VR: User only

Define Z (vertical) position of deck by selecting a horizontal reference plane

Dimensions

 

  • Include the following parameters in entity Deck: Name$, Area, B, Deck_function$, L, Weight_area_factor, X_aft, X_aft_plane_ID, X_front, X_front_plane_ID, Z, and Z_plane_ID.
  • Add the following relations (an explanation will follow):

B = ENTITY#(12).Boa (12 is the value of QEntityId of entity MainDimensions)

Area = L*B

L = X_front - X_aft

  • Set the attribute @SHOW on QEntityData

All parameters in entity Deck should be in list view and not in table view, because all values are single values. So, parameters Z and Name$ in entity Deck are automatically placed in the table view because you have set a @MULTVAL attribute on these parameters earlier.

  • Localize ("instantiate") these parameters in entity Deck and remove the @MULTVAL attribute locally.

A second option would be to set @NOMULTVAL on parameter QEntityData of entity Deck. Now all @MULTVAL attributes within this entity will be ignored.

The user (ship designer) has to indicate the starting position and end position of a deck in longitudinal direction of the ship, with the parameters X_aft and X_front. This determines the length L of the ship.

Furthermore, it is assumed that the width B of a deck is equal to the width over all Boa of entity MainDimensions. To assume rectangular decks the area is calculated by L*B.

You might wonder why there is a Weight_factor_area parameter. This is explained later on, but the main reason is that this parameter is a property of the Deck and as such should be part of the Deck entity. However, hereafter you will discover that the input for this value should not be given in this entity, but as part of the Mass calculation entity. In order not to show the parameter in this entity:

  • Localize ("instantiate") the parameter Weight_factor_area
  • Set the @HIDE attribute on it.

We will come back to this last parameter in Mass calculation.

How to connect the start and end position to the reference planes will be discussed next.

3    Create a selection list

Now, you will create a selection list from available data to position a deck with respect to specified reference planes.

The way to do this will be explained by determining the aft position of a deck.

  • Add the following attributes to parameter X_aft_plane_ID:
  • @SELECTENTITY:14 (QEntityID of Transverse planes).The entity Transverse planes is used to create a selection list from with the other attributes.
  • @SELECTENTITYKEY:CaseID. The parameter CaseID is the parameter (of entity Transverse planes) whose values must be listed for selection.
  • @SELECTENTITYKEYTEXTPAR:Name$. The parameter Name$ defines the case description that must be displayed in the selection list.
  • @EQEXPLAIN. This results in the display of description rather than value, e.g. in a combobox.

Note that you may have a different value than 14 here, because it depends on the sequence of creating entities in the tree!

By including the attributes as described above, the user can select a reference plane from a drop down list, containing the names of all defined transverse reference planes. The result of the selection is a value of parameter CaseID, but the value of parameter Name$ is shown to the user instead.

The value of parameter X_aft should be the value of X from the selected transverse plane.

  • Add the following relation:

X_aft = ENTITY#(14).X.X_aft_plane_ID

This means the following: entity Transverse planes (in this example 14) contains a table of transverse planes, in which each column (case) represents a transverse plane. When the user has selected the second name from the table, the value of X_aft_ID will be 2 (although Name$ was presented to the user). So, the value of X_aft will become the second “X” value from the table within entity Transverse planes (X_aft = ENTITY#(14).X.2)

  • Include exactly the same attributes for parameter X_front_plane_ID as you did for X_aft_plane_ID.
  • Add the following relation:

X_front = ENTITY#(14).X.X_front_plane_ID

  • Do the same for Z_plane_ID. Here, you have to refer to the QEntityID of entity Horizontal planes, in our example 15.
  • Create the following relation:

Z = ENTITY#(15).Z.Z_plane_ID

4    Provide a name for a multiple entity

As shown in the calculation result above, each Deck entity node name contains the name and height of a deck. This can be accomplished by using the attribute @OBJECTTITLE in parameter QEntityData of entity Deck. You can provide a flexible string, for example:

@OBJECTTITLE:"Deck_" + Name$ + "; deck height = " + STR$(Z) + " m"

Here, everything between quotes will be presented as text. The value of a string parameter like Name$ will also be shown as text. And, if you also want to present the value of a parameter which is not of the string type, you first have to convert it to a string, for example STR$(Z).

  • Add the @OBJECTTITLE attribute to QEntityData. For this, double click on the parameter value. The content will open in a larger editor window.

5    Combine data from child entities

You now will create a table with a subset of parameter values of all defined decks.

The QEntity() expression collects parameters of all child entities.

  • Create the following relation in entity Decks:

Deck_data# = QEntity(@Name$, @Deck_function$, @Z, @X_aft, @X_front, @Area)

The total accommodation area will be shown separately. For this, parameter “Total_accommodation_area#, which is a Telitab (as its name ends with #). It should only contain data of decks for which Deck_function$ returns Accommodation. Use the QUERY# function, which returns a Telitab subset on the basis of a set of search criteria.

  • Create the following relation in entity Decks:

Total_accommodation_area# = QUERY#(Deck_data#, "NullString", "Accommodation":"Deck_function$")

Next sums of the datasets will be made using the SUM function.

  • Create the following relations:

Total_deck_area = SUM(Deck_data#, 1, "Area")

Total_accommodation_area = INCASE(Total_accommodation_area# = "0" + Qcrlf, THEN, 0, ELSE, SUM(Total_accommodation_area#, 1, "Area"))

The second relation has a condition (the INCASE() function). If Total_accommodation_area# is an empty table (which is possible if the user does not create decks with "Deck_function$" = "Accommodation") then the total accommodation deck area is 0 [m2]. Because the content of an empty table in Quaestor will be: "0" + Qcrlf (in which Qcrlf is a Carriage return-line feed string constant) this should be the value to test the parameter against.

  • Add the QEntityRef parameter to Decks
  • Assign the value “Combined data of all decks” to QEntityRef
  • Set the @SHOW attribute on QEntityData

6    Entity Bulkheads

As mentioned in Developing a ship design process, this ship configurator uses a different entity structure for defining (transverse) bulkheads in comparison with defining decks. Of course the same entity structure could be used, but it is more instructive to present (and develop) a different approach.

The development of the Bulkheads entity is comparable to the Decks entity. However, in the previous paragraphs a multiple entity was used to enable the user to define one or more decks. Here an entity is developed where the user can create one table to define one or more transverse bulkheads instead of several Deck entities. Contrary to Deck (child of Decks), which is multiple, the child entity Bulkheads (child of Bulkheads) is singular.

  • Create the following parameters in the Knowledge Browser:

 

Parameter name

Dimension

Determined by

Reference

In Class

H

[m]

USR: User or system/equation

Height

Dimensions

X_plane_ID

[ID]

VR: User only

Define X position of bulkhead by selecting a transverse reference plane

Dimensions

Z_bottom

[m]

VR: User only

Bottom position bulkhead in Z (vertical) direction

Dimensions

Z_top

[m]

VR: User only

Top position bulkhead in Z (vertical) direction

Dimensions

Z_bottom_plane_ID

[ID]

VR: User only

Define bottom Z (vertical) position of bulkhead by selecting a horizontal reference plane

Dimensions

Z_top_plane_ID

[ID]

VR: User only

Define top Z (vertical) position of bulkhead by selecting a horizontal reference plane

Dimensions

 

  • Include the following parameters in last child entity Bulkheads: Nr, Name$, Area, B, H, Weight_area_factor, X, X_plane_ID, Z_bottom, Z_bottom_plane_ID, Z_top, and Z_top_plane_ID.

With exception of parameter Nr and the QEntity* parameters all parameters must be placed within the table view.

  • Localize ("instantiate") the relevant parameters and set the attributes @MULTVAL
  • Set attribute @SHOW on QEntityData

Again, a selection list must be created from data in the reference entities to, in this case, position a bulkhead. In section 3 it was explained how to achieve this for decks.

  • Use this method for the new parameters X_plane_ID, Z_bottom_plane_ID, and Z_top_plane_ID.
  • Next create the following relations:

Area = B*H

B = ENTITY#(12).Boa (12 is the value of QEntityId of entity MainDimensions)

H = Z_top - Z_bottom

X = ENTITY#(14).X.X_plane_ID (14 is the value of QEntityId of entity Transverse planes)

Z_bottom = ENTITY#(15).Z.Z_bottom_plane_ID (15 is the value of QEntityId of entity Horizontal planes)

Z_top = ENTITY#(15).Z.Z_top_plane_ID (15 is the value of QEntityId of entity Horizontal planes)


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