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Inspiring Seas: Module A - Ship-shape: designed for speed

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Description: 

Life at sea used to be such a drag, but not any more! From tiny dinghies to luxury cruise liners, each ship is now designed with its own unique shape fit for purpose. Dive into this module and practically apply lessons of resistance, balanced and unbalanced forces, moments, stability and buoyancy to shipping in the comfort of your own classroom.  

For the technology buffs, why not take a closer look at the largest and most powerful engines of any moving vehicle in the world. Explore heating and cooling applications with our easy to follow fun and interactive slideshows. Look at the need for speed, and how it’s achieved, in our vitally important maritime industry.

Files include:

The value of our maritime motorways

An introductory activity to the physics of shipping and its application to the real world 

Sink or swim?

An investigation of buoyancy, moments and stability applied to the shipping industry

Ship-shape! Exploring the physics of ship design

An activity designed to set the principals of stability, buoyancy and drag into practice using the example of ship design

Powering ships

A look at the physics behind propulsion in relation to propeller efficiency on ships

Into the belly of the ship

Apply the principles of energy transfer and heat exchange to the internal workings of a ship, considering ways in which wasted energy can be recovered and used for other useful processes

At the ship builders

Where physics and design and technology principles fit into the world of ship making; see how it is done in the business and give pupils a go at designing and making their very own cargo ships, before testing them for safety by measuring the load line

A watery balancing act

Applying the principles of moments to one of the most important maritime industries in the world - container shipping

The need for speed

Explore speed-distance-time relationships applied to the world of shipping

Downloads:

At the ship builders - Part 1

At the ship builders - Part 2

At the ship builders - Part 3

The value of our maritime motorways - 1

The value of our maritime motorways - 2

The value of our maritime motorways -3

The value of our maritime motorways -4

The value of our maritime motorways -5

Sink or swim?-1

Sink or swim?-2

Sink or swim?-3

Ship-shape! Exploring the physics of ship design-1

Ship-shape! Exploring the physics of ship design-2

Ship-shape! Exploring the physics of ship design-3

Powering ships-1

Powering ships-2

Into the belly of the ship-1

Into the belly of the ship-2

Into the belly of the ship-3

A watery balancing act-1

A watery balancing act-2

A watery balancing act-3

The need for speed-1

The need for speed-2

The need for speed-3

 

 

Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Modern Languages - Chinese
  • Design Technology
  • Physics
  • Resources
  • Y 11
  • Y 8
  • Y 9
  • Y 7
  • KS 3