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MAR1012 : Naval Architecture

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• The general field of marine technology;
• Naval architectural principles and concepts;
• Methods of numerical integration and quadrature;
• Calculation of hydrostatics based on areas, volumes and centroids;
• Metacentric theory and ship stability;
• The concepts of initial and static stability;
• The presentation of stability information;
• The evaluation of stability;
• The physical properties of fluids and how they are modelled;
• The basic principles of hydrostatic and fluid dynamics;
• Potential flow models and Newtonian fluids.

Outline Of Syllabus

Archimedes principles; establishing equilibrium; basic naval architectural terms and concepts; basic hydrostatic quantities; numerical interrogation, Simpsons First, Second and Third Rules; calculation of area first and second moments or area; calculation of volume and centroids; calculation of waterplane area, LCF, transverse and longitudinal second moment; calculation of displaced volume, KB and LCB; Metacentric theory and stability; calculation of metacentric radius; calculation of metacentric height and righting level; calculation of KG; influence of adding or removing mass; history of shipbuilding; introduction to offshore engineering and small craft technology.

Ship stability; hydrostatic particulars, tabular and graphical presentation; calculation of centres of gravity; shift of centre of gravity due to adding, moving, or removing a mass; special cases; a suspended load, tanks and free surface effect; flooding calculations; added mass and lost buoyancy methods; longitudinal stability and trim; draught analysis; hogging and sagging, the layer correction; the inclining experiment; introduction to static stability, the Wall Sided formula, cross curves of stability, curves of static stability; stability evaluation; IMO criteria, the Stability Booklet.

Fluid dynamics; fluid properties and the modelling thereof, Newtonian fluids; hydrostatic - pressure, Archimedes Principle and buoyancy forces; Fluids in motion - laminar and turbulent flow; Quantifying fluid flow - continuity equation and volumetric flow rate; Simple flow models - ideal fluids and Bernoulli's equation; real fluids and energy losses; inviscid fluids and potential flow models. Introduction to Navier Stokes equations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Examination - Semester 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Examination revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Examination - Semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Formative exercises and guest lecturers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Offshore barge design exercise
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Lines drawing class
Guided Independent StudyProject work13:003:00Crane barge stability lab
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Field trip
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1104:00104:00General reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Semester 1:
The use of lectures as the principle teaching method is an effective means to provide students with the acquisition of the sizeable and detailed knowledge base and facilitate understanding of the module material (IKO1-8).
Practical sessions provide the forum for the knowledge and understanding developed through formal lectures to be integrated into coursework exercises and practical laboratory classes (ISO1-4).
The field trip to a marine production facility (e.g. a ship repair yard, offshore yard, etc.) provides an opportunity to introduce students to a shipyard environment and reinforce the relevance of taught material.

Semester 2:
Ship stability concepts are introduced in lectures (IKO9- 13). Specific numerical problems are given at the end of each lecture. Tutorials are used to review numerical examples (IKO9,11,12) and (ISO5-7). Laboratory experiment demonstrates the practical aspects of stability evaluation (ISO7-8).
Fluid dynamics concepts are introduced by considering the physical phenomena initially (IKO14) and then progressing to modeling (IKO15) them and carrying out simple calculations (in examples classes) through implementing the models (ISO9-11.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A35N/A
Written Examination902A35N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10Barge design exercise taking a maximum of 9 hours
Practical/lab report2M10Lines plan drawing undertaken in lab sessions
Case study2M10Crane barge stability lab taking a maximum of 9 hours
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Semester 1 assessments:
The written examination will assess both the breadth of knowledge, written communication, literacy and ability to perform related calculations.
The coursework will assess acquisition of learning skills, initiative, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Semester 2 assessments:
Assessment of knowledge and understanding of concepts from qualitative exam questions ability to undertake necessary calculations from quantitative exam questions. Report of laboratory exercise assesses ability to apply theoretical knowledge in practical situation.

The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students would be required to sit an alternative examination in the December examination period.

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