Ship Hydrodynamics - NAVL3620

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 6

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: NAVL3610

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Dimensional analysis applied to problems in naval architecture. Conservation of energy and momentum, Bernoulli’s principle. Stream function definition and properties, application to basic flows and construction of flow fields. Potential function definition and properties, application to basic flows, and comparison with stream function. Generation of bodies with line and surface distributions of sources. Thin body approximations. Tank testing for resistance, seakeeping and cavitation. Ocean waves, sea spectra, ship motions and response amplitude operators.

Hydrodynamics, transport efficiency and sustention. Resistance prediction for planing vessels. Analysis of hydrofoil lift, drag and cavitation. High-performance craft: hydrofoils, air-cushion vehicles, surface-effect ships, etc.

Ship manoeuvring and control. Equations of motion and the hydrodynamic coefficients. Standards for manoeuvrability. Design of rudders and steering gear.


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