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MAR8038 : High Speed and Advanced Craft

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • Lecturer: Professor Pengfei Liu, Dr Maryam Haroutunian
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


A1 - special hydrodynamics requirements associated with high speed and advanced
craft design
A2 - methods for predicting/analysing resistance and dynamic stability of planing mono-hull craft
A3 - methods for predicting/analysing seakeeping behaviour and dynamic stability of twin-hull
vessels with specific emphasis to SWATH (small waterplane area twin-hull) ships
A4 - waterjet principles and applications to high-speed craft
A5 – Principles and applications of Surface Effect Ships
A6 – Principles and applications of Hydrofoil craft

Outline Of Syllabus

This course consists of topics related to technologically advanced and high speed surface vessels.

Categories and types of high speed craft, including:
•       Planing craft
Description and working principles
Powering estimations
Dynamic (Porpoising) stability

•       Surface Effect Ships
Description and working principles
Water levels inside the air cushion
Effect of air cushion on stability

•       Hydrofoil vessels
Main particulars of hydrofoil vessels
Hydrofoil theory

•       Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull ships
Twin-hull and SWATH seakeeping philosophy and design considerations
SWATH motion response prediction
Dynamic stability of SWATH and stabilizer design

•       Propulsion systems used in high speed and advanced çraft
Waterjets - general features and main components; efficiency calculation and preliminary selection of water jet; other features of waterjets.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture83:0024:00Present-in-person Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Exam preparation and assessment
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities116:0016:00Research based on practical demonstrations
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity135:0035:00Study and review of learning material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures in the classroom provide the students with general understanding of and familiarity of the special hydrodynamic requirements (IKO1, ISO1) of high speed craft; to learn techniques/develop skills to estimate/analyse resistance, seakeeping and dynamic stability behaviour (IKO2,3,4, ISO2); to select and analyse waterjets (IKO6, ISO3).

Observation of video films on the special hydrodynamic behaviour of planing craft and SWATH ships with commentary helps the students to understand and have the knowledge of specific hydrodynamics problems (IKO1).

This module covers a wide range of topics for different vessel types within relatively limited lecturing hours. The students are therefore strongly recommended and are guided to read classic and the state-of-the-art papers in their independent study time to support the lectures and to catch-up with the latest developments in this fast-developing subject area.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions. In that case, in-person lectures, practical PC sessions and practical laboratory sessions will be replaced by online sessions, Windows Virtual Desktop online sessions, demonstrations and simulations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MAssessment to determine the characteristics of a planning craft in different loading conditions (arrival and departure).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment 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 constraints as required in industry.

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.

Reading Lists