Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


Ship resistance: Can describe and classify the flow phenomena responsible for ship resistance. Knows how to assess the effect of hull main dimensions and that of the features of the hull on hull resistance. Understands principles behind theoretical and experimental principles, and appreciates the influence of scaling laws in relation to model test.

Ship propulsion: Can explain the principles of action of propeller and that of the water-jet propulsion. Knows how to apply gained knowledge in estimating the required power of a ship. Can describe the effect of flow parameters on propeller cavitation, understands the influence of erosion and can apply this information in the preliminary design of propellers.

Ship maneuvering: Knows the basic indices to describe ship maneuvering and the testing methods to assess performance. Can classify rudder types, knows how the rudder works and can determine the ship directivity and turning capability.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.11.2021 - 24.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pekka Ruponen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Ship's resistance. Propellers and propulsion of a ship. Theoretical prediction, design applicability and practical validation techniques (model-based and full-scale measurements). Interaction between hull, propeller and main engine. Ship maneuvering and rudder principles.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Marking scheme 1 - 5. Marking comes from Examination and compulsory exercises. Examination counts for 50% ; 25% comes from 2 group assignments and 1 individual assignment + 25% from model testing group final report.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact hours (18 x 2 hrs Lectures/Tutorials + 6 hrs of model testing in VTT tank) = 42 hrs

    Group work (2 assignment x 30hr) = 50hr

    Independent work = 43 hr

    In total 135 hours (5 cr)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Larsson and Raven, Ship resistance and flow, 2010.

    Volker Bertram, Practical Ship Hydrodynamics. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.

    Anthony F. Molland, Stephen R. Turnock, Dominic A. Hudson, Ship Resistance and Propulsion: Practical Estimation of Propulsive Power. Cambridge university Press, 2011.

    Anthony Molland, Stephen Turnock, Marine Rudders and Control Surfaces. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course is run in collaboration with VTT

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn III

    2021-2022 Autumn + Spring II-III

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.