IP500215 - Ship Hydrodynamics


Course content

General linear dynamic theory,
Wave theory (regular and irregular waves),
Wave loads,
Uncoupled motion in waves,
Motion in irregular waves,
Coupled heave and pitch motion,
Powering in a seaway,
Motion reduction in waves,
Motion criteria, operability estimates,
Non-linearities in wave load estimates,
Station-keeping in waves,
Manoeuvring of ships

Learning outcome

After completed the course, the student shall know the main principles for analysing a vessels sea-keeping performance and assessing a vessels manoeuvring capabilities.  

The student shall be able to perform sea-keeping and manoeuvring analyses of a ship by using a computer program like e.g. SHIPX. The student shall be able to evaluate the results from hydrodynamic analyses and/or model test to an extent where they can contribute to improve the sea-keeping or manoeuvring characteristics of a vessel.  

General Competence:
The student will have a general understanding of the motion of ships at sea and be familiar with the terminology used in relevant academic and professional discussions of sea-keeping or manoeuvring of a vessel.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods:
Class room lectures, homework, mandatory assignments and a project report.
3/4 of the assignments and the project report must be accepted.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments
  • 8 of 11 Assignments
  • Project Report

Further on evaluation

Both the required number of assignments and the project report must be approved for access to the exam.

Re-sit examination: Students are entitled to re-sit the exam if they have legitimate reasons for absence, or have failed. The re-sit exam is an oral exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Naval Architecture (850MD)
Naval Architecture (850ME)

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in Naval Architecture or Mechanical Engineering

Course materials

- A.R.J.M. Lloyd. "Seakeeping: Ship behavior in rough weather" (1998)
- J.J. Journee "Offshore hydromechanics", (2000)
- O.M. Faltinsen; "Sea loads on Ships and Offshore Structures", Cambridge University Press. (1990)

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Hydrodynamics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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