MAR3015 : Small Craft Powering

  • Offered for Year: 2013/14
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Mehmet Atlar
  • Owning School: Marine Sciences & Technology


Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of:
A1. physical phenomenon and associated hydrodynamic theory relating to advanced hull and propeller flow, and hence resulting ship resistance and propulsion.
A2. Methods, which are mainly computational and based on potential flow theory, to model the above mentioned hydrodynamic properties (in A1) of a ship hull and its propulsor.
A3. Methods in general for prediction of resistance for relatively small, high speed and advanced conventional/unconventional craft.
A4. Advanced methods for design and analysis of conventional propellers and basic design methods for high-speed propellers.

Outline Of Syllabus

Since the course is consisting of the topics related to 'resistance' and 'propulsion', the following syllabuses are listed, as separate groups accordingly, for the resistance and propulsion topics. However, they are lectured in parallel as one hour for the resistance and the following hour for the propulsion topic per week.
Topics include: Nature of hull forms; Nature of hip flow (resistance & wake): Basic theory for computational flow & resistance; Computational methods for prediction of flow around the hull and that of ship resistance.
(CFD- Software Demonstration, if possible); Design features and resistance prediction methods for: Semi-displacement/semi-planing vessels, Catamarans; SWATH ships.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities

Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Including Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0031:00General Reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0031:00Writing up lecture notes

Jointly Taught With

Code Title
MAR3017Resistance and Propulsion II

Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures in the classroom provide the students with general understanding of and familiarity to the fundamentals of advanced (ship) hull and propulsor flows (IKO1) and associated computational tools (ISO1); to estimate resistance and propulsor performance using these tools (IKO4); to be able to predict the resistance characteristics of high-speed conventional/ unconventional hull forms and its high-speed, cavitating propeller (ISO2, ISO3).
Resistance and propulsion aspects of all ship types, particularly high-speed craft, are broad, diverse and dynamic while this specific course has relatively limited lecturing hours. The students are therefore strongly recommended and guided to read classic and the state-of-the-art papers to cover wider range of vehicles/propulsors and to catch-up with the latest developments in this fast developing subject area.

Assessment Methods

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


Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100N/A

Exam Pairings

Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
MAR3017Resistance and Propulsion II2N/A
MAR3117Resistance and Propulsion II2N/A

Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination 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 reuqired in industry (ISO1-3) and (IKO1-6).

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

Reading Lists


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