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SESS2016 Ship Structural Design and Production

Module Overview

This module aims to examine aspects of design relevant to the longitudinal and transverse strength of a ship. This is conducted through both first principles design and the use of classification society rules. In addition the production technology applicable to the shipbuilding industry is examined from the perspective of the shipyard and its management but also from a design for production viewpoint. The complementary management module will also provide production planning and scheduling relevant to ship production.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • How shipyard facilities and machines are organised and the manner in which these influence the various production stages. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO:SM1, P2, EL3 )
  • The concept of productivity, ship efficiency and machine utilisation.(Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: P1, EL3 )
  • The effect of production activities on planning and management functions. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: P1 )
  • The role of Classification Societies and Registration Authorities. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: D2, EL2)
  • The construction of a mid-ship section. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: SM1 )
  • Classification Society rules governing local structural design and global hull girder longitudinal strength. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: EA1, EA3 )
  • The application of slender beam theory for the analysis of ship structures. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: SM1)
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Estimate labour, material, machine and space resource requirements. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: D5)
  • Derivation of activity networks for planning purposes. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: D5)
  • Use theoretical principles provided in other lectures in a practical design environment. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: D4, EA3)
  • Apply Classification society Rules to design a midship section. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: EA3)
  • Understand the principles of structural response to a variety of static loads. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: EA1)
  • Cultivate skilful application of associated methods to a variety of structures and loads (ie knowing which method to apply for a particular structure/loading case). (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: EA3)
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Organise and plan work and allocate time for individual ship production tasks. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: P11)
  • Use Classification Society rules. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: P4)
  • Use commercial software in design context. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: P4, G1)
  • Communicate effectively your work in a technical written report. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: D6)
  • Present technical data in a professional manner. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: G1)
  • Undertake typical assignments which may be carried out in a design office base course. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: G1)
  • Obtain and analyse critically data applying your knowledge/understanding of this module. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: D3)
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Sketch typical production shop layouts. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: SM1)
  • Ability to breakdown the production of a ship module using design for production approach of Product-orientated Work Breakdown Structure (PWBS) . (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: D4)
  • Select and apply suitable Classification Society rules. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: P4)
  • Construct and solve suitable mathematical models to describe the response of structures and structural elements to static loads. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: EA3)
  • Use a range of measurement techniques to obtain data. Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: D3)
  • Use a range of analyses/techniques to present data. (Contributing to EAB Accreditation LO: G1)


Lecture: Introduction 1 x 45min: • Introduction to the module, its components and the assessment methods Lectures: Ship Production 12 x 45min • Ship layout, systems and structural components. • Background into various types of shipyards and overall layout criteria. • Plate and section stockyards; pre-treatment; marking; cutting and forming. • Fabrication activities including fairing, sub-assembly and panel line technique. • Berth activities including advance outfitting and module building practices. • Information system requirements, shipyard standards and planning activities. Lectures: Ship Production Management 4x45min: • This module will be coordinated with the complementary part 2 15 credit “Engineering Management and Law” [EM&L] module FEEG2006. Five of the EM&L module credits will be awarded for management practice within the context of ship production. Management aspects such as project management, teamworking, budgetary performance, communications will be assessed via the EM&L module. Lectures: Longitudinal Strength 5 x 45min: • Weight, buoyancy and load distributions. • Still water analysis – shear force, bending moment, slope and deflection; stresses. • Quasi static analysis of a ship poised on a wave. • Approximate methods and regulations in brief. • Cross section properties including effects of different materials. • Effect of adding/subtracting material to cross section. Coursework: Midship Section. 5 x 2hrs: • Midship section – Use of Lloyds classification society rules to determine structural requirements of specified vessel, work to include: • Complete local structure to Lloyds Rules. • Determine midship section modulus. • Assess longitudinal strength. • Model midship section in Lloyds RuleCalc. • Modify model to meet Lloyds requirements. Coursework: Longitudinal Strength 5 x 2hr: • Derivation of still water bending moment (SWBM) for cargo vessel for a range of loading conditions. Coursework: Ship Production Management Assignment 6x1hr • Implementation of ship production management techniques. • Relationship diagrams. • Product Work Breakdown Structure. • Time estimations. • Critical Path Analysis. • Production scheduling.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • 1 Introductory lecture • 12 Lectures on production • 5 lectures on Ship Structures (Longitudinal Strength). • 22 hrs of supervised design office sessions incorporating an introductory lecture. • 4 lectures on ship production management (provided under management module). • 6 x 1hr management tutorials (provided under management module). Learning activities include • Individual work on ship calculations/examples. • Individual work on using ship design software. • Directed reading/independent learning. • Report-writing (Coursework).

Completion of assessment task50
Follow-up work30
Wider reading or practice13
Practical classes and workshops24
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 27%
Final Assessment  73%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: FEEG1001 and SESS1015


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

FEEG2005Materials and Structures
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