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SESS1015 Basic Naval Architecture

Module Overview

This module will provide you with an introduction to the fundamental properties of floating bodies, covering those areas conventionally treated by hydrostatic methods and will provide students with an early insight into a range of tasks involved in the design, construction, management and operation of marine vehicles and an awareness of an engineer's responsibility to society. Students should be aware that this module requires good grades at A level Mathematics and Physics or equivalent qualifications.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The concepts of area, first and second moments of area and their applications to floating bodies. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: SM1)
  • The concepts of equilibrium and changes in equilibrium of floating bodies. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: SM1)
  • The concepts of static and dynamic stability. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: SM1 )
  • The use of numerical methods for calculating hydrostatic properties. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: SM2, SM5)
  • The different types of marine vehicles and identify characteristics influencing their design.
  • The role and responsibilities of engineers in society. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: EL1, EL2)
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of equilibrium of floating bodies. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: EA1)
  • Calculate relevant hydrostatic properties using theoretical and numerical methods. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: EA3)
  • Appreciate some of the engineering complexities involved in the design, construction, management and operation of marine vehicles. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: P1)
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Learn through tutorials and begin to learn independently.
  • Problems involving changes of draught and trim.
  • Numerical integration. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: EA3)
  • Initial transverse stability.
  • Virtual centres - suspended weights, free surface, stability during docking.
  • Large angle stability - GZ curves and effects of changing hull geometry.
  • Dynamic stability - effect of sudden loads, stability criteria.
  • Flooding calculations - added weight, lost buoyancy, floodable length, permeability.
  • Launching calculations and curves.
  • Undertake a laboratory based Inclining experiment. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: P3)
  • Obtain and accurately analyse data applying your knowledge/understanding of this module
  • Communicate work accurately in written report format. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: D6)
  • Team working through laboratory experiment. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: C4)
  • Ship geometry - lines plan, curve of areas.
  • Ship parameters - form coefficients, fineness coefficients.
  • Equilibrium of floating and submerged bodies - volume, centres of buoyancy and gravity
  • Properties of irregular shapes - areas, first moments, second moments
  • Longitudinal and transverse metacentres.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use basic mathematical techniques, such as integration, to formulate and obtain hydrostatic properties of simple geometries. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: G1)
  • Use basic numerical methods, such as Simpson's rule, to formulate and obtain hydrostatic properties of hull forms. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: G1)
  • Use simple measurement techniques to obtain data. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: P3)
  • Perform independent/directed research using technical literature. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: P4)
  • Communicate accurately in written reports. (Contributes to EAB Accreditation LO: D6)

Syllabus

• Introduction to transportation of goods by sea. (Seminar) • Introduction to different types and classifications of marine vehicles and their roles. (Seminar) • Introduction to the ship design process and the naval architect’s role within it. (Seminar) • The role and responsibilities of the engineer in society and the business and social consequences of engineering decisions. (Seminar) • A brief history of the development of naval architecture as an engineering science. (Seminar) • Introduction to the leisure industry. (Seminar) • A look at the future of the maritime industry. • Ship geometry - lines plan, curve of areas. • Ship parameters - form coefficients, fineness coefficients. • Equilibrium of floating and submerged bodies - volume, centres of buoyancy and gravity. • Properties of irregular shapes - areas, first moments, second moments. • Longitudinal and transverse metacentres. • Problems involving changes of draught and trim. • Numerical integration. • Initial transverse stability. • Virtual centres - suspended weights, free surface, stability during docking. • Large angle stability - GZ curves and effects of changing hull geometry. • Dynamic stability - effect of sudden loads, stability criteria. • Flooding calculations - added weight, lost buoyancy, floodable length, permeability. • Launching calculations and curves. • Inclining experiment. • Analysis of the results of an inclining experiment to determine the centre of gravity.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning activities include • Lectures • Interactive tutorials • Seminars / guest lectures • Directed reading • Example sheets • Experimentation • Report-writing (laboratory experiment and essay)

TypeHours
Lecture35
Completion of assessment task5
Revision40
Tutorial15
Follow-up work5
Supervised time in studio/workshop6
Seminar10
External visits9
Wider reading or practice10
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. The University Blackboard site for this module is extensively and continuously updated during the delivery of the module with incidents pertinent to the module.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The learning outcomes of this module will be assessed under the Part I Assessment Schedule for FEE Engineering Programmes which forms an Appendix to your Programme Specification. Feedback will be available on the formative work undertaken during the module.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Part I Assessment Schedule 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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