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MMS205 - Naval architecture
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMOB
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering, Shipping and Marine Technology

Teaching language: English
Application code: 89128
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0121 Project, part A 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0221 Project, part B 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0321 Examination 1,5 c Grading: TH   1,5 c   14 Mar 2022 pm J,  09 Jun 2022 am J,  25 Aug 2022 pm J

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


Per Mottram Hogström

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Course specific prerequisites

Introduction to propulsion and energy systems for transport and Structural engineering or equivalent.


Naval Architecture connects multiple engineering disciplines into the design and construction of marine structures, e.g. ships. This course gives specific knowledge of disciplines used in the design of marine structures in the context of the Mobility engineering master's program.

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

  • Being able to describe rules and regulations as well as the methodology that are used in the design of marine structures
  • Being able to use domain specific software in the design process of marine structures as well as understanding the theories behind the software.
  • Describe the components of a marine energy system and how they work together
  • Being able to define balances for energy, heat and electricity in marine energy systems
  • Carry out calculations for designing propellers using empirical methods
  • Carry out an empirical resistance prediction of a ship
  • Carry out a hull strength analysis
  • Apply buckling theory of stiffened shell structures i terms of axial, torsional and shear buckling on marine structures
  • Design ship structures based on rules and regulations
  • Be familiar with Ultimate strength as well as structural integrity for ships


Conceptual development of ships (1,5p):
  • Design basis of marine structures
  • Rules and regulations for design of marine structures
  • Computer aided design
Marine energy systems (3p). Builds on and applies the knowledge from Energy systems
  • Marine propulsion systems
  • Engine room design
  • Components in marine energy systems
  • Systems for changing course
  • Resistance components
  • EEDI
  • Empiric resistance prediction
  • Propeller design
Marine structures, 3p
  • Global strength of the hull girder
  • Analysis of stiffened shell structures
  • Applying buckling analysis on marine structures, including axial, torsion and shear buckling
  • Analysis of structural integrity
  • Ultimate strength analysis
  • Quasi-static and dynamic analysis


The course comprise of three parts:
  • Conceptual development of ships
  • Marine energy systems
  • Marine structures
The first part of the course - Conceptual development of ships - is based on lectures seminars with teachers from faculty and industry. Also, there are computer exercises to familiarize the students with software specific for ship desing
Second part - Marine energy systesms - is based on lectures and contains one design assignment
Third part - Marine structures - is based on lectures and tutorials. It also has one project assignment

Examination including compulsory elements

Written exam on all parts of the course.

Project assignments with presentation seminars:
  • Marine energy systems: design of an engine room
  • Marine Structures: design of a mid-ship section

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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