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Ship dynamics

Individual course

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.

This course is to be applied to and studied as part of the marine technology minor. The course cannot be taken as an individual course.

Course content:

  • Ship theory in terms of seakeeping and loading
  • Linear surface wave theory
  • Ship motions in 6 degrees of freedom
  • Strip theory, 3D panel methods for the evaluation of rigid body motions and hull girder loads
  • Introduction to hydroelasticity of ships
  • Equipment for motion control
  • The non-linear effects of surface waves, ship dynamics and motions and loads
  • Introduction to experimental and full-scale measurement methods

In the assignments, students assess the seakeeping and hull girder loads of their concept ship by applying state of the art hydrodynamic modelling principles.

After the course, the student:

  • Can assess and explain the meaning of the general model of a rigid body motion in 6 degrees-of-freedom and its applicability in ship dynamics.
  • Can describe common approximations to the general model known as linear seakeeping and assess their applicability and deficiencies.
  • Can describe the general theory of surface waves and modelling of regular and irregular waves.
  • Can assess, using the learned mathematical models, the dangers associated with ship operation in irregular surface waves.
  • Can understand the concept of loading of rigid and flexible ship idealizations in waves and apply principles of hydrodynamic modelling for rational ship design.
  • Can understand the basic principles of hydrodynamic model testing and full-scale measurements.


  • Contact hours (10 x 2 hrs of Lecturers + 10 x 2 hrs Tutorials) = 40 hrs
  • Group assignment work : 5 x 7 = 35 hrs
  • Independent study : 60 hrs

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 persons for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Host university:
Aalto University
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General prerequisites:
B.Sc. studies. Mathematics, mechanics (dynamics, solids, fluids). Course Principles of naval architecture.
Study suitable for:
M.Sc. students with mechanical, aeronautical or civil engineering backgrounds
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