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Ship Hydrodynamics



Course format On-site
Date 2021-01-11 - 2021-05-07
Course content
  • General linear dynamic theory,
  • Wave theory (regular and irregular waves),
  • Wave loads,
  • Uncoupled motion in waves,
  • Motion in irregular waves,
  • Coupled heave and pitch motion,
  • Powering in a seaway,
  • Motion reduction in waves,
  • Motion criteria, operability estimates,
  • Non-linearities in wave load estimates,
  • Station-keeping in waves,
  • Manoeuvring of ships


Admission to a programme of study is required:

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

Basic course in marine hydrodynamics.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in Naval Architecture or Mechanical Engineering

Learning outcomes


After completed the course,

  • the student shall know the main principles for analysing a vessels sea-keeping performance and assessing a vessels manoeuvring capabilities.  


  • The student shall be able to perform sea-keeping and manoeuvring analyses of a ship by using a computer program like e.g. SHIPX.
  • The student shall be able to evaluate the results from hydrodynamic analyses and/or model test to an extent where they can contribute to improve the sea-keeping or manoeuvring characteristics of a vessel.  

General Competence:

  • The student will have a general understanding of the motion of ships at sea and be familiar with the terminology used in relevant academic and professional discussions of sea-keeping or manoeuvring of a vessel.


ISCED Categories

Physical and chemical oceanography
Navigation and seamanship