Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8231 : Advanced Marine and Offshore Structures

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ling Wan
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



A1. To introduce dynamic analysis procedures for ships and offshore structures
A2. To gain knowledge on practical methods for analysing dynamic response of fixed and floating structures
A3. To relate dynamic loads and load effects to design of ships and offshore structures
A4. To gain knowledge of ultimate limit state design of steel-plated structures
A5. To address theoretical and practical aspects of limit state design in the marine field
A6. To develop the working knowledge and skills to undertake ultimate strength and accidental limit state analysis of marine structures

Outline Of Syllabus

Fundamental of structural response analysis; Basic features of dynamic loading and response. Physical properties of dynamic analysis. Environmental loads and application to design. Calculation of the dynamic response of typical structures. Structural finite element analysis. Flow induced oscillations. Effects of structural vibrations. Uses of models to predict dynamic loads and the response of structures.
Load criteria for ship and offshore structural design. Design principles, criteria and Regulations. Ultimate limit state design. Fatigue limit state design and fatigue resistant detail design. Accidental limit state design. Probabilistic design of ships and offshore structures. Elastic plate theory and responses of grillages; plastic theory and its application to beams and grillages. Materials including composite for ships and offshore applications. Fabrication for corrosion control.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

IKO1: Fundamental knowledge of structural dynamics
IKO2: Single degree and multiple-degree of freedom systems
IKO3: Soil structure interaction – gravity foundations and piles foundations
IKO4: Environmental loads and load effects
IKO5: The principles and procedures of finite element analysis
IKO6. Fatigue and strength analysis methods
IKO7. State the assumptions of elastic plate theory; bending moment curvature relationship of plate.
IKO8. Discuss requirements of elastic and plastic analysis of plates and grillages.
IKO9. Structural steel and composite materials.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completing this module, students will be able to:
ISO 1 -To calculate ultimate strength of beam-columns, plates, stiffened panels and grillages under combined loads using simple semi-analytical procedures
ISO 2 - To predict the consequences of accidental loads on ship and offshore structures following the recommended practices of classification societies
ISO 3 - To appraise good modelling practices in nonlinear finite element analysis of ultimate strength and crashworthiness of marine structures
ISO 4 - To evaluate fatigue life of ships and offshore structures by applying simplified fatigue analysis methods
ISO 5 - To assess fabrication and age induced factors influencing ultimate strength of ships and offshore structures
ISO 6 - To conduct free and forced vibration analysis of simplified/idealised fixed and floating structures
ISO 7 - To calculate fundamental frequencies and mode shapes of 3D beams using finite element methods
ISO 8 - Carry out finite element analysis for framework structures and plate structures.
ISO 9 - Have acquired intellectual skills, problem solving skills and IT skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:00Background research/preparation and completing/writing up the post school coursework assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture135:0035:00Intensive school in the form of Lectures and Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Revision and exam preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Reading and researching the pre-school materials
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity150:0050:00Follow-up after each lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time13:003:00Online discussions led by instructor
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to convey the underlying concepts and knowledge of marine structural response analysis (IKO1 –IKO9) and the professional skills required to solve marine structural problems (ISO1 – ISO9).
Tutorials support the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve marine structural problems posed by the tutorial questions (ISO1-ISO9).
Practical sessions are self-organizing activities in which the students develop intellectual and problem-solving skills to analyze marine structures (ISO1- ISO9).
Independent study gives time for the students to read recommended references (IKO1-IKO9) and practice their professional skills (ISO1-ISO9).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M20Propose a practical structural design, and carry out various calculations
Prob solv exercises1M20Hand calculation on several examples
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem-solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry. The assignments enable a more realistic engineering problem to be set to assess subject specific and cognitive skills. Two ‘low stakes’ coursework assignments (<30%) are incorporated in this module as they are found beneficial for one-year Master’s programme.
Through the Design and creative project, theories and knowledge can be reflected, thus is suitable for assessment of the theoretical knowledge and engineering applications. Problem solving exercise is a good way to develop problem solving skills through tutorial practical and theoretical questions.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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