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  • Observe and explain physical phenomena associated with seakeeping, resistance, propulsion and maneuvering of ships progressing in waves.
  • Explain the meaning of practical methods for the assessment ship dynamics associated with resistance, propulsion, dynamic stability and motion control.

  • Explain the general theory of surface waves and interpret modelling assumptions for use in computational models and experiments used for ship design.

  • Classify, synthesize and explain common approximations to the general models known as seakeeping and wave loading models and assess their applicability and deficiencies for application in design development and operational management practices.

  • Explain the basic principles of added resistance and maneuvering models in waves, as well as analyze and synthesize their use for ship design and the management of maritime safety.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.02.2023 - 01.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Spyros Cheirdaris

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:

    • Introduction to the basic principles of ship dynamics (ship resistance, propulsion, seakeeping, maneuvering) and their application in ship design / operations for safety

    • Practical ship dynamics for ship resistance, propulsion, motion control and stabilisation

    • Linear and nonlinear surface wave theory

    • Ship theory for seakeeping and loading (rigid body dynamics, hydroelasticity of ships, model tests and full scale measurements)

    • Added resistance and maneuvering in waves

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Marking scheme 1 - 5 ; Mark awarded by examinations (30% 1st mid term exam, 30% 2nd mid term exam OR 60% from final exam) and compulsory assignments (20% from group assignments 1 - 5 ; 20% from submission of final group assignment).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course comprises of 10 lectures, 5 assignments submitted bi-weekly, a final reportand exams.Under the assignments the students work in groups to develop ideas on how ship dynamic considerations influence the ship design they developed under MEC-E2001 (Principles of Naval Architecture). These group work efforts usually run in parallel to the ship design portfolio course (MEC-E2011) and ship structures (MEC-E2007). Therefore the final report is a summary of their overall study in these courses.



Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    14 Life Below Water


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV - V
    2023-2024 Spring IV - V

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( The students should have completed MEC-E1004 (Principles of Naval Architecture) or equivalent. It is also expected that the students have knowedge of fluid mechanics and dynamics of rigid bodies.