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Academic year
MMA151 - Marine design project
Konstruktionsprojekt marinteknik
Course syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMOB
15,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering, Shipping and Marine Technology

Teaching language: English
Application code: 89127
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B+
Maximum participants: 50
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Project 15,0 c Grading: UG   7,5 c 7,5 c    

In programs

MPMOB MOBILITY ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Per Mottram Hogström

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Mathematics (including mathematical statistics, numerical analysis and multi-variable calculus), Mechanics and strength of materials, Engineering materials, Fluid mechanics

and knowledge and skills corresponding to the learning outcomes of the following courses:

MMA136 Ship geometry and hydrostatics
MMA161 Ship resistance and computational hydrodynamics
MMA167 Marine Structural engineering
SJO740 Marine propulsion systems
SJO745 Wave loads and seakeeping


The aim of this course is to let the students participate in a real problem oriented ship or offshore project.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Apply his/her knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to Naval Architecture
- Participate and contribute to a design process as a member of a team
- Follow a systems engineering approach
- Plan and design a complex product like a commercial ship/offshore structure within given time frames
- Propose new concepts and designs to meet customer requests, transport needs and limitations
- Explain, analyse and use methodologies required in the design process of a marine structure
- Express, discuss and motivate results and conclusions as well as the knowledge behind these, both orally and in written text.
- Take responsibility for the product (the vessel) being designed in accordance with the applicable international rules and regulations for classification of ships.
- Take responsibility for the product (the vessel) complying with applicable safety and environmental standards as well as being able to discuss the implications of these on the design.
- Be able to discuss aspects of sustainability and ethics based on the product's impact on society


Student teams will be assigned real design problems, guided by professional engineers from industry and faculty members from Chalmers. The initial design process prior to an order of a new ship, offshore plant or yacht is covered during the project following the demands of the customer.

The following aspects shall be accounted for, but the project is not limited to these, in accordance with up to date design standards for ships as well as naval architecture methodology:

- Functional analysis based on customer demands
- Operational profile of the vessel
- Intact and damage stability for the loading conditions the vessel is expected to operate in
- Design of the propulsion system to maximize fuel efficiency
- Design of hull to minimize the resistance of the vessel based on the operational profile
- Global structural analysis of the hull girder and weight optimization of the mid-ship section
- Analysis of wave loads based on the operational area of the vessel
- Design of cargo handling system as well as internal logistic flows
- GA drawings

The results from the project shall be presented in:

- Written report following good academic standards
- Oral presentation av mid-term seminar as well as final presentation

The project require that the students have the ability to work in a complex, intercultural group and has the ability to communicate within the group as well as with client, teachers and external resources. 


The course is problem oriented and reaches over two study periods. The course is divided into the following phases:

Start-up (two weeks):
- Lectures on project work and design methodology
- Dividing of students into project groups
- Establishing procedures for project management and communication within the groups
- Workshop with customer on his/her demands and wishes on the vessel
- Establish conceptual design of vessel

Design loop 1 (Five weeks):
- Work on the design of the vessel
- Lectures:
    - Information seeking and databases
    - Academic writing and codes of conduct
    - Presentation technique
- Finishes with design review seminar with the client, at which point the following deliverables shall be completed:
    - Light ship weight for the vessel
    - A draft version of the report with a finished structure of its contents

Design loop 2 (Six weeks):
- Work on the design of the vessel based on the customer feedback from the design review

Final phase:
- Finishing the report
- Final presentation

Depending on the nature of the project, study tour, guest lectures, etc. can be added to the items described above.


Compendium, lecture handouts, research articles as well as classification rules and regulations.

Examination including compulsory elements

- Approved report and presentation.
- Participation in mid-term Design review.
- Participation in Final presentation.
- Active participation in the presentation in either of these occasions.
- Absence without prior consent at the Design review will be followed by a discussion with the examiner, and possibly an additional assignment.
- Absence without prior consent at the Final presentation will lead to failing the course.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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