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MAR8069 : Advanced Naval Architecture

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


To develop practical experience of experimental techniques in a modern hydrodynamic laboratory

To learn the conduct and procedure for a towing tank test, seakeeping test and propeller efficiency test

To work in a team on practical experimentation

Outline Of Syllabus

Study an “experimental handbook” covering three facilities: Towing Tank, Cavitation Tunnel, Wind Wave Current Tank along with associated papers and documents (e.g. ITTC standards)
Week 1:
-       Day 1: Familiarization. Prepare a ship model for testing (scaling, ballasting, load cell, calibration)
-       Day 2: Complete a series of towing tank tests and create a resistance and power curve for the ship
-       Day 3: Prepare a barge model for seakeeping/stability testing in the Wind Wave Current Tank
-       Day 4; Complete a series of motion tests on the barge and produce RAO curves
-       Day 5: Complete a series of open water tests on a model propeller in the cavitation tunnel and produce a KT-KQ-efficiency dataset
Week 2:
-       Complete data processing and produce a (Powerpoint-based) report presenting the results and discussing the experimental methods and uncertainties

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Report Preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching57:0035:00In-Person teamwork in the hydrodynamic laboratories (briefings, model preparation, testing)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Daily debrief session with module leader. Teams receive formative feedback and assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study110:0010:00Online materials accessed in week 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is lab based to encourage a deep understanding of practical experimentation and team work. Online materials are required to support and extend from the learning in the lab. All lab work is supported by academics, demonstrators and technical staff.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Lab report
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MEach group to present their results to module leader for feedback each day during the lab sessions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of the concepts, processes and analysis methods in hydrodynamic experimentation

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

Should the public health situation require it, the planned activities will be replaced by video content and representative datasets to complete the assessment.

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