Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


A student who has completed the course is familiar with the theoretical background of the solution methods generally used in marine hydrodynamics and reflecting on this knowledge can describe the main characteristics and differences of the various types of methods. The student is able to analyse the flow field and powering requirements of a ship in calm water conditions using modern computational techniques.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.09.2020 - 04.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tommi Mikkola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tommi Mikkola

Contact information for the course (valid 27.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Teacher-in-charge: University lecturer Tommi Mikkola (

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is based on independent reading of the study material and computational analysis of a reference ship and a concept design. The reading covers the following topics:

    • General description and characteristics of free surface flow problems and mathematical formulation (governing equations, boundary conditions).
    • Numerical modelling of problems in ship hydrodynamics with potential flow and RANS equations.
    • Hull form improvement based on analysis of numerical predictions.

    The reading is supported by periodical meetings with the teaching staff. The computational analysis task is supported by help-desk type computer class room sessions which are organised together with the MEC-E2010 Computational Fluid Modelling course.

    The details of grid generation or choice of modelling options are not covered on the course. Students interested in these details are encouraged to take the course MEC-E2010 Computational Fluid Modelling in parallel with this course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    See the main course page.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Report on the reading, project report, seminar presentation

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is evaluated based on the report on the reading (15%), the report on the simulations (75%) and the seminar presentation (10%).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Independent work 135

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Readings: 24 hours
    Simulation project: 100 hours
    Seminar preparation: 8 hours
    Seminar: 2 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Larsson and Raven, Ship resistance and flow, 2010.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    See the main course page and the Readings section.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kul-24.4520 Computational Marine Hydrodynamics

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    MEC-E1020 Fluid dynamics or equivalent knowledge, MEC-E2001 Ship hydrodynamics



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