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MAR8179 : Experimental and Computational Hydrodynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Weichao Shi
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to:
-       Introduce and apply computational analysis methods for the analysis of maritime vessels, and marine and
offshore structures
-       Explain underlying hydrodynamics theory for potential and Newtonian flow and how link this to analysis
-       Demonstrate the use of experimental hydrodynamics facilities through hands-on project-based learning

Outline Of Syllabus

Ships and other maritime systems are increasingly designed and analysed using digital and computational methods. There is also continuing high demand for experimental testing to validate and extend numerical approaches. The combination of numerical and experimental analysis can capture the complex and uncertain nature of the ocean and how it interacts with systems including drag, propulsion and motion. Experimental facilities continue to be built and enhanced across the world, and naval architects will inevitably access these facilities either as analysts within the facility or project engineers requiring testing services.

The syllabus comprises:
-       Strip theory
-       Diffraction theory
-       Navier-Stokes equation
-       Theory of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
-       Towing tank experiments
-       Seakeeping experiments

This module provides you with essential knowledge for dealing with complex hydrodynamic issues encountered in the marine and offshore industries and the application of hydrodynamic modelling and testing, as well as using the unique suite of facilities at Newcastle, including:
-       Hydrodynamics software including CFD (Fluent, CFX), wave-structure interaction (SESAM) and hydro-structural-physics (OrcaFlex)
-       The cavitation tunnel for propeller, propulsor and turbine testing
-       The towing tank for drag and seakeeping testing
-       The wind, wave, current tank for specialist testing in combined sea conditions
The wide applicability of our facilities gives you unique hands-on experience of testing from model preparation, experiment design, testing and analysis of results. This provides you with experience and confidence for your future career when commissioning or carrying out physical testing.

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Scheduled Lecture sessions (to be recapped) in Week 1 and Week 2
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials124:0024:00Pre-recorded lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00Preparation and submission of coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical25:0010:00Practical in week 3: Structure Lab/Software
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 concepts of experimental and computational hydrodynamics topics. Lectures will formalise learning related to the fundamental subject of strip theory, Navier-stoke equation, diffraction theory, and computational fluid dynamics.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202M502 hour written exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M50Coursework for towing tank and seakeeping experiments (3000 words)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MOnline test (Formative assessment held in mid-Semester 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written examination 1 will assess the understanding and retention of theoretical knowledge. This allows students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific, cognitive skills. This also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics described in the syllabus. (IKO1-IKO2, ISO1-ISO2)

Written exercise 1 will evaluate the practical skills in utilizing computational and experimental facilities to address real-world marine and offshore challenges. (IKO3, ISO3-ISO4)

Computer assessment 1 will provide formative feedback to students on their understanding of key module learning outcomes mid-way through the module. (IKO1-IKO3)

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