Marine technology

Aalto University School of Engineering offers studies in marine technology. The marine technology minor offers students good overall knowledge of the engineering aspects related to marine environment.

The module prepares students to apply the theories, approaches and tools related structural analysis of thin-walled structures in critical and responsible manner. The main content is to introduce design aspects related to environment, marine structures, transport and related systems and sub-systems. The studies cover design, manufacturing and operational aspects. The studies are built around expertise of each student by utilisation of portfolio and project based teaching methods.

Upon completion of the minor in marine technology, the student

  • will comprehend the fundamental economical, technological and design phenomena related to engineering to marine environment
  • learns the methods for assessment of this phenomena and knows in which fields of science these are developed further and field experts exist
  • can also describe the position and relation of own expertise in the framework of engineering for maritime environment
  • understands the foundations and limitations on various engineering approaches and are able to select and apply them to different problems.

Obligatory courses: Principles of Naval Architecture (MEC-E1004) and Ship Systems (MEC-E2005).

Courses included in the programme:

Choose five courses!

Obligatory courses:

  •  Principles of naval architecture (MEC-E1004) 5 ECTS
  •  Ship systems (MEC-E2005) 5 ECTS
= Contact learning
= Online learning
= Blended learning (online & contact learning)
Principles of naval architecture (MEC-E1004), 5 ECTS. 9.9.–13.12.2019.

Apply before Aug 11, 2019

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:

  • Lectures 12 x 2 hours
  • Exams 2 x 3 hours
  • Assignments 12 x 7 hours
  • Self study 12 x 2 hours

More info in Aalto University’s WebOodi.

Special assignment in mechanical engineering (MEC-E1500), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019.

Apply before Aug 11, 2019

Special assignments are independent experiments, projects or literature surveys on the topics of mechanical engineering.

The tasks and deliverables for each assignment are to be agreed between the student and the supervisor individually and approved by the director or deputy director of the programme beforehand.

The assignment can be completed during all periods. All professors and lecturers of the Department of Mechanical Engineering can act as supervisors of special assignments.

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Passenger ships (MEC-E2003), 5 ECTS. 28.10.–13.12.2019.

Apply before Oct 6, 2019

The course utilises guided problem-based learning concept. The content is cross-disciplinary and is suitable for students of different backgrounds. Lectures introduce topics which are then considered with respect to the projects. Work is performed in cross-disciplinary groups. Some topics are introduced by visiting lecturers from industry. Progress of the project is checked on bi-weekly basis. The final project is presented in the end of the course to experts from industry and academia.

  • Lectures: 20h (2 x 2 hours/week, 5 weeks, 10 occasions)
  • Instructed workshops: 6 hours (1 hour/week, 6 weeks)
  • Group work: 55 hours (10 hours/week, 6 weeks)
  • Independent work for the group project: 55 hours (9 hours/week, 6 weeks)

After the course, the student:

  • Understands the current trends, business developments and future markets for passenger ships
  • Can define radically new architectural design of a passenger ship
  • Can apply the user-centric design in passenger ship context
  • Can define general arrangement of a passenger ship based on broad set of design requirements, specific for passenger ships
  • Knows the passenger ship safety requirements and current regulatory requirements, how to attain them or how to go beyond them, if necessary.

More info in Aalto University’s WebOodi.

Marine risks and safety (MEC-E2009), 5 ECTS. 9.9.–25.10.2019.

Apply before Aug 11, 2019

The course will start with an introductory phase focusing on basic concepts and frameworks for engineering risk and safety. These are subsequently linked to specific methods for hazard identification, risk analysis and safety engineering. An overview is given of the maritime safety regulatory regime and the main regulations. Selected topics related to ship design or operation are addressed in greater depth.

Work load:

  • Lectures, 2 hours/week, 12 hours in total
  • Exercises, 4 hours/week, 24 hours in total
  • Group work, 24 hours
  • Studying materials 50 hours
  • Preparing for the exam 20 hours

After completing the course, the student:

  • Understands the basic concepts of engineering risk and safety.
  • Can explain the overall maritime safety regulatory regime and describe the contents of the main regulatory approaches to manage maritime risk and safety.
  • Can identify and explain methods for hazard identification, risk analysis and safety engineering.
  • Can select and apply appropriate methods for a particular problem related to ship design, ship operation or safety of maritime transportation.

More info in Aalto University’s WebOodi.

Ship systems (MEC-E2005), 5 ECTS. 7.1.–21.2.2020.

Apply before Dec 11, 2019

The course utilises guided problem-based learning concept. Ship system requirements are identified in beginning and the lectures evolve around them. The course project is to select, describe and justify the choice of certain equipment. Each lecture introduces certain type of system or equipment and students afterwards consider that topic for their projects. Some topics are introduced by visiting lecturers from industry. Projects are carried out in groups of 3–5 students.

  • Interactive lectures: 20 hours (2 x 2 hours/week, 5 weeks, 10 occasions)
  • Instructed workshops: 6 hours (1 hour/week, 6 weeks)
  • Group work: 30 hours (5 hours/week, 6 weeks)
  • Studying materials: 60 hours (10 hours/week, 6 weeks)
  • Preparing for exams: 20 hours

After the course, the student:

  • can describe main systems requirements in ships
  • can define and justify the ways to fulfil systems requirements
  • can create a concept design of a machinery system by selecting appropriate components, guided by principles of energy efficient design
  • can apply current regulatory requirements for ship systems and understands what it takes to go beyond them
  • knows the utilisation of automation systems in contemporary ship designs
  • can describe how adverse environmental effects of ships can be minimised, below the current and known future requirements

More info in Aalto University’s WebOodi.

Winter navigation (MEC-E4001), 5 ECTS. 7.1.–21.2.2020.

Apply before Dec 11, 2019

Prerequisites: MEC-E1004 Principles of naval architecture

The aim is to introduce the student to winter navigation system in the Baltic Sea and basic principles for ship power requirements and hull ice-strengthening. After the course, students understand the definition of various ice conditions and their effects on the ship design, hull shape, power requirements, navigation in ice and safety of ships.

Power requirements need a comprehensive knowledge of the various methods to calculate the ship resistance in varying ice conditions such as level ice, ridged ice and ice channels. For the hull design, most important is to know how to calculate the ice induced loads on the hull. In addition the principles of model scale testing in ice are introduced.

The assessment will consist of weekly exercises, the group work and the exam.

Work load:

  • Lectures: 2 hours/week, 12 hours in total
  • Exercises: 4 hours/week, 24 hours in total
  • Group work: 24 hours
  • Studying materials: 50 hours
  • Preparing for the exam: 20 hours

More info in Aalto University’s WebOodi.

Ship dynamics (MEC-E2004), 5 ECTS. 24.2.–29.5.2020.

Apply before Feb 5, 2020

Prerequisites: Basics of physics. It is recommended to attend MEC-E1004 Principles of naval architecture or an equivalent course.

After the course, the student:

  • can describe main systems requirements in ships
  • can define and justify the ways to fulfil systems requirements
  • can create a concept design of a machinery system by selecting appropriate components, guided by principles of energy efficient design
  • can apply current regulatory requirements for ship systems and understands what it takes to go beyond them
  • knows the utilisation of automation systems in contemporary ship designs
  • can describe how adverse environmental effects of ships can be minimised, below the current and known future requirements

More info in Aalto University’s WebOodi.

Ship structures and construction (MEC-E2007), 5 ECTS. 24.2.–29.5.2020.

Apply before Feb 5, 2020

Prerequisites: MEC-E1004 Principles of naval architecture, MEC-E1030 Random loads and processes (recommended).

The aim of the course is to introduce the student how the first principles of mechanics are applied to the ship structural design. After the course the student knows:

  • how the ship structure affects the safety, production and maintainability of the ship (function of ship structure)
  • how the ship is constructed from plates and beams (ship construction method)
  • how the structural design is linked to the other ship design disciplines (structural design principles)
  • how loads, response and strength are connected and when these can be assessed separately for different hierarchical levels (strength analysis of ship hull)
  • how the principles of mechanics are utilized in ship structural design rules and what are the limitations of the rules (limit state analysis in ship structural design)

Work load:

  • Lectures 24 hours
  • Workshop 12 hours
  • Home assignments 50 hours
  • Studying materials 40 hours
  • Preparing for exams 10 hours

More info in Aalto University’s WebOodi.

Professor in charge: Jani Romanoff, Aalto University (jani.romanoff@aalto.fi)

Contact person in practical matters: Jaakko Kölhi (jaakko.kolhi@aalto.fi)

Other teachers: Prof. Pentti Kujala (pentti.kujala@aalto.fi) & Prof. Spyros Hirdaris (spyridon.cheirdaris@aalto.fi)

Type of study unit

Minor

Credits

25–40 ECTS

Teaching semester

2019–2020

Host university

Aalto University

Open for degree student

Yes

Open for non-student

Yes

Level of studies

Master

General prerequisites

MEC-E1030 Random Loads and Processes (mathematical statistics, mechanics) or similar studies; MEC-E8005 Thin-Walled Structures or Fatigue of Structures (mechanics, basics of mechanics of materials, Finite Element Method basics) or similar studies

Teaching methods

Online & blended learning

Location

Espoo

Programme suitable for

Students with mechanical, aeronautical or civil engineering backgrounds

Language

English

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