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Module Descriptor

MECHGN03 Ship Hydrodynamics

Alt. Codes(s) MECHM016, MECH4016 (until 2012)
Title Ship Hydrodynamics
Level MSc
UCL Credits/ECTS 30 credits
Taught by
Dr Muc-Pavic
  Dr Aston
Module Coordinator Prof G X Wu

As exemplified by a mechanical, civil, aeronautical or other “mechanical type” engineering degree with strong structures element continued throughout.Where a candidate has demonstrated the appropriate intellectual capability but is deemed not to have an appropriate background in “mechanical” engineering (i.e. those with typically an electrical engineering degree obtained at a high level (2:1 or 1st class honours)) the pre-requisite units can form part of a pre-qualifying year.
Course Aims
The aim of the course is to give the student an advanced theoretical grounding in one of the fundamental analytical discipline fields of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. Other fields are ship design and ship dynamics.
Present technical work in the following ways:-
Three major items of coursework
Oral - N/A
Participate in a technical discussion of:-
Technical discussion occurs in lectures and tutorials
Lead a technical discussion of:- N/A

Recommended Reading

  • Mechanics of Fluids, Edward Arnold, W. J. Duncan A.S. Thorn & A.D. Young
  • Sea Loads & Offshore structures, Cambridge University Press. O. Faltinsen
  • Hydrodynamics of Ship Design, SNAME Press, H.E. Saunders
  • Marine Hydrodynamics, MIT Press, J.N. Newman
  • Practical Ship Hydrodynamics, Butterworth & Heinemann, V Bertram
  • Principles of Naval Architecture (Propulsion, Ship Resistance and Flow), SNAME, J Randolph Pawling
  • Ship resistance and propulsion: practical estimation of ship propulsive power, Cambridge University Press. (2011) Molland, A.F., Turnock, S. R. and Hudson, D.A

Computational Fluid Dynamics Encountering computer predictions - a general introduction. Basic concepts of fluids covering incompressible1 viscous or inviscid flows and free surfaces. Regions of validity. Computational tools for body and fluid modelling. Applications to body modelling, free surfaces, viscous flows and lifting surfaces. Computational methods in control - forces due to cross-flows and shed vortices. Solution methods for the Navier-Stokes equations, turbulence modelling and mesh generation.
Basic Predication Techniques Components of ship resistance and prediction techniques. Series model resistance experiments. Drag reduction. Hull/propeller interaction effects. Lifting line design of propellers. Propeller charts and preliminary propeller design. Waterjets Preliminary estimates of speed and power. Trials analysis. Physical effects and significance of cavitation number. Simple theoretical considerations. Cavitation tunnel testing. Manoeuvring Directional stability of surface vessels. Steady motion of surface vessels and submarines. Transient response. Steering indices. Directional stabilisation by fins and rudder. Model tests and trials. Manoeuvring Simulation & Prediction.

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