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Principles of naval architecture

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If you are taking this course as part of a FITech minor, please note that all minors will be offered for the last time in the academic year 2021-2022. Please check the individual courses for updates regarding future availability.

The course will start with an introductory phase identifying a generic framework for ship design using the classical design spiral. Ship mission, main dimension and powering requirements are defined using statistical methods. Hull form definition is based on the hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and ship general arrangement. Definition of ship structure, equipment and machinery at conceptual level using reference techniques. Weight estimation is carried out using statistical methods and initial ship geometry.

After completing the course, the student

  • understands the different disciplines of naval architecture and different phases of the product development cycle.
  • can identify the different design methods and tools for different disciplines and can select the design tools based on the design stage.
  • remembers the basic terminology and notations of the naval architecture and search field specific literature for different design tasks.

Work load:

  • Contact Teaching (Lectures : 2h x 10 + Tutorials : 2h x 10 + 6 h Gala Attendance) = 46h
  • Exams 3h x 2 = 6h
  • Group Assignments : 20h
  • Self Study : 60h

Some events are obligatory, see course schedule for details.

More info on Aalto University’s course page.

Responsible teacher

Aalto University
Spyros Hirdaris, Associate professor

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Technical studies
Mechanical engineering
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General prerequisites:
B.Sc. studies
Course suitable for:
Master's level students in engineering, business or for example in biology, geology and social sciences. Professionals already working in industry.
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