MECH ENG 7048 - Introduction to Naval Ship Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

General introduction to naval ships and the operational requirements for naval ships, the naval ships design and development process and all its phases, buoyancy and stability, powering and manoeuvring, material aspects, the naval ship systems: electrical, mechanical, combat, weapons and safety systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7048
    Course Introduction to Naval Ship Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Incompatible MECH ENG 7042
    Restrictions Available to Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate Certificate in Marine Engineering students only
    Course Description General introduction to naval ships and the operational requirements for naval ships, the naval ships design and development process and all its phases, buoyancy and stability, powering and manoeuvring, material aspects, the naval ship systems: electrical, mechanical, combat, weapons and safety systems.
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    Course Timetable

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  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understand the process for naval ship design and development.
    2 Demonstrate knowledge of the key elements and be able to understand the integration of the numerous systems of a naval ship during the design process.
    3 Know and understand the engineering requirements and standards which are applicable to the design of naval ships.
    4 Apply the lessons learned to identify the requirements of various systems and how they fit into the design of a naval ship.
    5 Understand the need to undertake lifelong learning.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Course notes – these are essential and required.

    Text book: Basic Ship Theory Volumes 1 &2 by Rawson and Tupper, Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

    Recommended Resources

    See list provided with the course notes

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Course Synopsis: General introduction to naval ships and the operational requirements for naval ships, the naval ships design and development process and all its phases, buoyancy and stability, powering and manoeuvring, material aspects, the naval ship systems: electrical, mechanical, combat, weapons and safety systems

    Learning Activities Summary



    • Various types of ships; Frigates, Patrol Craft, Aircraft Carriers, AWD, etc
    • Examples (basic monohull and specialised hulls)
    • Roles of Naval Ships
    • Operational Requirements
    • Concept of Operations
    • Design for production
    • System integration
    • Project lifecycle


    • Process overview (Basic Ship Theory Intro)
    • Classification Societies and International Regulations (IMO, SOLAS)
    • Basic Geometry (coping with irregular shapes)
    • Design development process (conceptual phase; system design phase; detail design phase; construction phase; verification phase)
    • Phases of design process
    • Design Spiral (all phases)


    • Requirements Analysis
    • Hull selection/shape
    • Principal dimensions
    • General Arrangement
    • Parametric Data
    • Propulsion Train
    • Concept Layout
    • Powering / propulsion
    • Structural / shock / weight
    • Watertight subdivision
    • Motions / manoeuvring


    • Archimedes Principle
    • Buoyancy and hydrostatic data
    • Effect on motions
    • Initial stability
    • Cross curves of stability
    • Dynamic stability
    • Inclining experiment
    • Damage stability

    THE SHIP GRIDER (6.5%)

    • Principles of design
    • Material Considerations
    • Shock
    • Vibration


    • Resistance
    • Model testing
    • Types of propulsion
    • Propeller issues
    • Ship handling
    • Modifying dynamic stability
    • Design parameters


    • System of systems
    • Design consideration
    • Design rules


    • Power conversion and distribution
    • General electrical requirements
    • Electrical cable installation
    • Lighting
    • Load chart
    • Design against uncontrolled release of electrical energy


    • Safety systems
    • Habitability systems
    • Cooling systems
    • Bilge systems
    • Material Issues
    • Anti fouling & marine growth


    • The external environment
    • Waves
    • Climate
    • Vibration & noise
    • Human factors


    • Why safety programs?
    • What is safety engineering?
    • Risk management
    • Safety lifecycle
    • Identifying hazards & controls
    • Safety of Life at Sea
    • Vulnerability of warships


    • Detection and tracking
    • Classification and engagement
    • Position fixing and positioning system
    • RADAR
    • Sound navigation and ranging (SONAR)
    • What are Comms Systems?
    • Communication capabilities: Inboard &Outboard
    • Security constraints


    • Functional requirements
    • Weapons
    • Weapon discharge system
    • Weapon handling and stowage systems

    PROJECT (22%)

    This will involve the development of a pre-concept for a naval ship. The project will be conducted in groups and the results shall be documented and be presented during the last sessions of the course.

    Specific Course Requirements


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    Assessment Summary

    Project 40%, Exam 60%

    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

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    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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