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SESS2021 Systems Design and Computing for Ships

Module Overview

This module follows on from the Part 1 Design and Computing Module where students focus on the design of a functional part. In this Part 2 module students address the design of a ship’s steering system consisting of a number of interacting parts.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with the basic knowledge and understanding of lifting surfaces and the practical design and computing skills to model, analyse and interpret the results of a ship’s steering system.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • A number of systems within a ship, in particular the steering system. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: EA4]
  • The estimation of the lift and drag produced by control surfaces. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: SM1]
  • The effect of control surfaces on ships. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: SM1, EA1]
  • The fundamentals of finite element analysis for structural analysis. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: SM1, SM2, SM5, EA3, EA6]
  • The fundamentals of computational fluid dynamics for determining fluid forces. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: SM1, SM2, SM5, EA3, EA6]
  • The use of computers in engineering design for modelling, analysis and presentation of results. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: EA3, G1]
  • Numerical methods for data analysis, signal processing and modelling dynamic systems. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: EA3, G1]
  • Classification society rules for the structural design of a ship’s rudder. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: P6]
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a systems approach to the modelling and analysis of a ship’s steering system, incorporating numerical modelling, analysis of experimental results and classification society rules. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: EA2, EA3, EA4, EA6, D1, D2, D3, D6, P2, P4, P6, G1]
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write an individual or group technical report. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: D6, G1]
  • Communicate a systems design idea/concept graphically. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs:D6]
  • Examine a systems design critically and identify potential improvements. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: EA2]
  • Decompose a model of an engineering systems and processes into smaller tasks that can be solved sequentially (by a computer). [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: EA2, EA3]
  • Use a programming language confidently [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: G1]
  • Understand the concepts behind software engineering and design decisions in modelling software. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: D3, G1]
  • Develop computer programmes to model, analyse and present the response of a dynamic system. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: EA3, EA4, EA6, G1]
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to prepare geometry data for modelling in FEA or CFD. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: D3, P2, G1]
  • Produce and interpret 2D & 3D geometry and datasets [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: G1]
  • Ensure that part geometry and tolerances are consistent with functional/process/standards constraints. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: P6]
  • Process data and visualise results. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: D6, G1]
  • Use and interpret the results from FEA and CFD modelling software. [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: P2, G1]

Syllabus

Design • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (FEA) - comparison with analytical formulae; mesh refinement. • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics – Use of a surface panel code to model a rudder in a free stream. • Rule based design using Classification Society rules. • Use of experimental pressure data to predict rudder loads. • Investigation of the influence of rudder geometry on ship manoeuvring performance. Computing • Programming methods, program documentation, debugging and efficiency. • Data input and output. • Vector and matrix manipulation. • 2D and 3D plotting. • Function and script files. • Solving equations. • Signal processing. • Data analysis. • Markdown language. • Simulation of ship manoeuvring. Control surfaces • Introduction to control surfaces on ships. • Physics of lifting surfaces including forces and moments. • Modelling lifting surfaces using numerical methods and thin foil theory. • Advanced topics in lifting surfaces.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures and recorded material for the delivery of new material, concepts and solution strategies. • Practical sessions where students will tackle a set of design or computing tasks. • Practical sessions where students will tackle a set of tasks designed to develop their understanding of the design process and the use of computational geometry. • In these practical sessions, demonstrators/ academic staff will be available to answer questions and provide feedback.

TypeHours
Lecture9
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Completion of assessment task80
Practical classes and workshops40
Follow-up work6
Wider reading or practice9
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Details of the reading list and useful texts can be found on the Blackboard site for this module. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 40%
Group Assignment 50%
Quiz 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre requisites: FEEG1001 and FEEG1002 and FEEG1003 and FEEG1004

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