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Ship Design



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-17 - 2020-12-20

Course content

  • Overall Design Considerations
  • Vessel types
  • Design Process and Constraints
  • Design methods and techniques
  • Design Project Planning
  • Decision making
  • General Arrangement
  • Weight control
  • Ship Structural Design
  • Structural design loads
  • Global Response in waves
  • Strength evaluation
  • Structural systems
  • Design of various structural elements
  • Moment of inertia and section modulus of Hull structure
  • Combined Vertical and horizontal bending
  • The Design report
  • Preliminary Design Project
  • Ship Hull Form Design
  • Hull form
  • Sea-keeping qualities and criteria
  • Manoeuvring
  • Dynamic positioning
  • Propulsion
  • Propeller performance and design considerations
  • Admirality coefficient
  • Roughness and fouling (hull and propeller)
  • Monitoring ship performance
  • Ship Systems
  • Primary machinery; Diesel engine, gas turbines
  • Propulsion trains; Diesel-mechanical, Diesel-electric
  • Auxiliary machinery
  • Ship service systems
  • Shafting and propellers
  • Steering gear
  • Instrumentation and control


Admission to a programme of study is required:

  • Naval Architecture (850MD)
  • Naval Architecture (850ME)
Recommended previous knowledge

Marine Technology 1 & 2 (IP203607 and IP303205) and Ship Hydrodynamics (IP503711) or similar.

Learning outcomes


  • The course will give the student knowledge about the trade-offs and compromises different aspects of ship design brings in the concept stage of the creation of a ship.   


  • The student will get an overall understanding on how the various design criteria for a vessel affects the overall ship design. He/she will in addition be able to do multi discipline high level analyses to document the feasibility of their own developed ship concept design.   

General competence:

  • The student will be familiar with the ship concept design process and its terminology.


ISCED Categories

Naval engineering