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MAR8072 : Fundamentals of Naval Architecture

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Pengfei Liu
  • Lecturer: Dr Maryam Haroutunian, Dr Simon Benson, Professor Richard Birmingham
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Fundamentals and Stability:
• The general field of marine technology;
• Naval architectural principles and concepts;
• Metacentric theory and ship stability;
• The concepts of initial and static stability;
• The presentation of stability information;
• The evaluation of stability;
• Develop an understanding of the implications of ship stability in design and operation.
• Introduce the concepts of dynamic stability in terms of case studies including relevant regulations.

• Introduce the fundamental concepts of seakeeping including motion of a floating body subject to regular and irregular waves.
• Introduce the fundamental concepts of added mass and fluid damping and consider method of obtain the necessary terms using experimental and empirical methods.
• Consider motion response including likely displaced position, velocity and/or accelerations, in terms of probability formula.

• Fundamental concepts in global and local ship structural analysis
• Finite element analysis for ship-type frame and plated structures.

• Physical phenomena, basic fluid mechanics and relevant theory of resistance and propulsion.
• Introduction to the numerical and experimental techniques used to estimate hull resistance.

Outline Of Syllabus

Fundamentals and Stability:

Basic naval architectural terms and concepts; basic hydrostatic quantities; metacentric theory and stability; initial stability and the calculation of metacentric height and righting lever; calculation of KG; influence of adding, moving or removing mass. Ship stability; a suspended load, tanks and free surface effect; introduction to static stability, curves of static stability; stability evaluation; IMO criteria, the Stability Booklet. Energy methods and dynamic stability; standard stability cases: the loll ship, wind heeling, crane ships.

Introduction to the study of ship motions in waves including: the 6 degrees-of-freedom systems; description of regular waves; derivation of the equations of motion. Introduction to motion of floating bodies in regular waves including the concepts of added mass, fluid damping, restoring forces and wave excitation forces. Introduction to irregular waves and ocean wave statistic. Introduction to methods used for finding the necessary terms including strip theory and seakeeping experiments.
Development of the translation motion (heave) predictions and introduction to rotation motions including pitching and rolling motion. Introduction to various types of seakeeping event and to the probability of an even occurring, including: the normal probability density function; significant amplitudes; joint probabilities.

global loading and response of ships; local loading and response of ships; fundamentals of finite element analysis (FEA) of ship structures; FEA stiffness matrix; bar elements; beam elements; ship grillage analysis; equivalent nodal loads; practical FEA methods

Ship resistance estimates: ship drivetrain and various efficiencies/loss; resistance components; methods used to estimate different resistance components; effective power prediction using statistical and graph methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion137:0037:00Preparation and submission of coursework
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials128:0028:00Re-caped lectures for student pre-view in week 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture114:0014:00Scheduled PIP lecture sessions (to be recapped) in Week 2: Fundamentals and Stability; Resistance
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture16:006:00Scheduled PIP lecture sessions (to be recapped) in Week 3: Seakeeping (MH 6 hours)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture18:008:00Scheduled PIP lecture sessions (to be recapped) in Week 4: Structure (SB 8)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical15:005:00PIP Practical in week 1: Structure Lab/Software; Facility visit/demo for stability and resistance
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity190:0090:00Review and study lecture materials and notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture notes, lecture videos and pre-reading materials given out on Canvas together will familiarise students with the basic concepts of naval architecture topics. Lectures will formalise learning related to the fundamental subject of naval architecture and specifically ship stability, resistance, motion in waves and ship structures.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions. The PiP lectures and tutorials will be replaced by additional structured, nonsynchronous online materials supported by synchronous online tutorial sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201M502 hours written exam (Resistance and Stability)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Seakeeping and Structures Assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of the concepts, processes and algorithms and the associated regulatory framework associated with ships stability is assessed in the examination (IKO1-IKO17).

Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.

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