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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

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]
  • Use a programming language confidently [Contributing towards EAB accreditation LOs: G1]
  • 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]
  • 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
Completion of assessment task80
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Follow-up work6
Wider reading or practice9
Practical classes and workshops40
Lecture9
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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