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TITLE Naval Architecture

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Mechanical Engineering

DESCRIPTION Naval Architecture is the fundamental engineering principle dealing with the design, construction and operation of marine vessels and structures.

Following an introduction to the field of Naval Architecture and the international organisations, conventions and international association of classification societies, the student is provided with qualitative and quantitative knowledge in: basic ship function and design; ship definition and hull form characteristics; hydrostatics; stability; the ship's working environment and together with an overview of the various ship hazards and protection.

The study-unit is specifically aimed at those students who want to pursue a professional and/or academic career in Naval Architecture.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit is intended to develop the student’s knowledge of the Maritime Industry at large and understand the principles and methodology in the field of Naval Architecture.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe the maritime industry structure and operation as a whole.
- explain the basic skills and processes required to design ships.
- define the ship, hull form and characteristics.
- use numerical techniques to obtain the hydrostatic properties.
- analyse the principles of static and dynamic stability, intact and damage.
- explain the ship working environment.
- report on the dangers and hazards of a ship in sea conditions and to be able to describe the forms of protection demanded by international and national regulations.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- analyse and interpret vessel line plans.
- appreciate the ship design in relation to its purpose.
- use mathematical techniques to obtain the hydrostatic properties of the hull forms.
- describe the stability conditions of the vessel initial and large angle, in the intact and damaged condition.
- describe the inclining experiment.
- perform flooding calculations – added weight, lost buoyancy, floodable length, permeability.
- use a commercial Naval Architecture software.
- undertake an assignment to digitise a merchant vessel lines plans and perform an equilibrium, upright hydrostatic, large angle stability and specified loading condition using a commercial Naval Architecture software.
- appreciate the dangers associated with the ship environment and understand how to protect the ship from the hazards.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Barrass, C.B., Derrett, D.R., Ship Stability for Masters and Mates, 6th Edition, Elsevier, Butterworth Heinemann.
- Eyres, D. J., Ship Construction, 6th Edition, Butterworth Heinemann.
- Rawson, K.J., Tupper, E.C., Basic Ship Theory, 5th Edition, Butterworth Heinemann.
- Tupper, E., Introduction to Naval Architecture, Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann.
- Watson, D, G. M., Practical Ship Design, Elseiver Ocean Engineering Book Series.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: MEC1400, MEC1401, MEC2300, MEC2008, MEC2340

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Project and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Claire De Marco

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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