MAR1009 : Marine Mechanics

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A1 - To equip students with basic knowledge and skills of applied mechanics for marine vehicles as required by a marine technologist.

Outline Of Syllabus

STATICS: Use of free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction.
DYNAMICS: Newton's second law for linear and rotating marine systems; compatibility equations; moment of inertia and radius of gyration, parallel axes and perpendicular axes theorems; introduction to vibration of marine systems.
MECHANICS OF MACHINES: Introduction to the kinematics and dynamics of marine gear drives, elementary kinematic analysis of linkages by means of velocity diagrams and acceleration diagrams.
STRENGTH OF MATERIALS: Stiffness relationships, Hooke's law, stress and strain, modulus; simple beam theory, second moment of area, bending stress; shear force and bending moment diagrams; torsional, combined and off-axis loading, principal stresses; introduction to stiffness and strain analysis; stress and strain in thin walled shells.
LABORATORY: Experiment on static forces applied to rigid bodies. Experiment involving rotary dynamics or loading of elastic bodies to be written up as a formal report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion127:3027:30Preparation of revision material and practicing past examination papers
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Semester 2 Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Semester 1 Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Coursework 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Coursework 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading127:0027:00Consolidating lecture notes and further reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical63:0018:00Problem solving and practical application sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching481:0048:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study19:009:00Semester 2 Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study19:009:00Semester 1 Examination Revision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to solve problems associated with the marine industry.
- Tutorials support the students' indepenent study in applying the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems, for the design of marine structures, posed by the Tutorial Questions.
- Laboratory work enables students to attain hands-on experience in experimental techniques.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A20N/A
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M15Laboratory 1, taking a maximum of 5 hours
Practical/lab report2M15Laboratory 2, taking a maximum of 5 hours
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Laboratory work enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and will also assess data acquisition and software use skills.

The examination provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific, cognitive, and key skills. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within the syllabus.

The students will be aware of the definitions, SI units and dimensions of physical quantities and be able to apply the broad base of scientific principles which underpin the characteristics and uses of engineering discipline, with some deeper knowledge and understanding of the behavior of ships and offshore structures.

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

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