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.


The course introduces how the first principles of mechanics are applied to the ship structural design. After the course, the student knows 1) the function of ship structure, 2) ship construction method, 3) structural design principles, 4) strength analysis of ship hull, and 5) limit state analysis in ship structural design.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.02.2024 - 30.05.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heikki Remes

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:

    General design principles; Material selection and production; Loads on marine structures; Analysis of stress and deflection of hull girder and substructures; Load-carrying capability and structural performance; Reliability.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course applies a learning concept in which the teaching events are aligned with students' structural design work. This work is composed systematically with the help of weekly assignments. A weekly learning cycle includes personal pre-assignment, interactive lecture, question hour, and assignment work. The weekly assignments submitted every two or three weeks composed the project work at the end of the course. The assignment and project work will be done by a 2- or 3-person group. Pre-assignments and final exams measure personal learning. The course grade is based on personal work (Pre-assignments 15%, Final exam 40%) and group-based work (Weekly assignments  30%, Final project report  15%).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures: 24h
    Workshop: 12h
    Home assignments: 50h
    Studying materials: 40h
    Preparing for exams: 10h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    A. Mansour & D. Liu, Strength of Ships and Ocean Structures, The Principles of Naval Architecture Series, SNAME 2008; Richard Lee Storch et al. Ship production (Selected chapters), SNAME 2015, selected articles and learnig material.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Suitable for exchange students with ENG backgrounds if pre-requirements are fulfilled.

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

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