Module Catalogue

MAR2101 : Marine Dynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Arun Dev
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


• To introduce the basic seakeeping qualities expected from a good ship and an offshore design.
• To provide knowledge underpinning the understanding of the factors influencing the seakeeping characteristics of ships and offshore structures.
• To develop skills required to predict the seakeeping behaviour of ships and offshore structures.
• Introduce the fundamental concepts of ship maneuvering in calm, deep water including the form of the equations of motion, typical nomenclature and regulatory issues.
• Introduce the experimental methods used for obtaining motion derivatives and the post processing of obtained data including the derivation of semi-empirical methods.
• Introduce linear analysis for preliminary estimations of performance and operability.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to seakeeping; sea environment; regular waves and wave kinematics; added mass and hydrodynamic reaction forces of floating structures; wave excitation forces/moment acting on a floating structure; natural frequencies of a floating structure in heave, roll and pitch, uncoupled heaving motion of a floating structure; derivation and solution of motion response equations in regular waves; irregular seaway; forces and motion responses in an irregular seaway.

Standard maneuvers: IMO Regulations. Manoeuvring criteria; equations of motion; Hydrodynamics forces and movements; Derivatives; Simple KT equations of motion; The nature of derivatives; Low aspects ratio wing analogy; Slender body theory; Directional stability and control; Turning ability; Ship characteristics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Examination Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Including examples
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials/Problem solving skills
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00Writing up lecture notes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00General reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are designed to assist students in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of concepts and detailed analysis methods (IKO1-6).

The tutorial sessions are supervised activities in which the students apply the knowledge that they gain during formal lectures and private study (ISO1-4).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examinations allows the students to demonstrate their basic knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as to demonstrate their problem solving skills through short subject specific problems, under time pressure as required in industry. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

Reading Lists