SKID2202 - Marine Hydrodynamics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 5 hours KALKULATOR

Course content

- Fundamental fluid mechanics - Viscous fluids (Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, Boundary layers and separation, laminar vs. turbulent flow) - Ideal fluids (Potential theory, Laplace equation) - Description of ocean environment (Wind, Current, waves and wave theories, Regular waves, Irregular waves) - Hydrodynamic forces (Large-volume structures, Small-volume structures) - Ship motion in waves (General dynamics, transfer function, natural frequency, damping) - Propulsion (Propulsion systems, efficiencies)

Learning outcome


  • shall have a fundamental understanding of the mathematical models used in general fluid mechanics.
  • shall be familiar with linear wave theory and understand how irregular ocean waves can be established from the fundamental regular components.
  • is aware of the fundamentals of propeller theory and knows how the propeller characteristics can be established by model tests and various calculation methods.


  • knows how to apply fundamental mechanical principles to predict hydrodynamic forces.
  • knows how to calculate wave forces on slender marine structures.
  • knows how to combine results from model tests and various calculation methods to establish an estimate of the required installed power in a ship.

General competence:

  • is aware of the complex interaction between a ships resistance and the propeller characteristics.
  • is familiar with the statistical uncertainties of the ocean waves (direction, height and period) and the influence this will have on a vessels response characteristics.
  • is capable of interpreting, understanding and presenting results from a model test to colleagues and other partners.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and assignments.

Mandatory requirements: 8 out of 10 mandatory assignments must be approved before access to exam is granted.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

5 hours written exam in autumn semester

Re-sit examination: Oral exam held during the following semester.

Course materials

A.F. Molland et al. (2011) Ship Resistance and Propulsion, Cambridge University Press

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR 2023-12-07 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring UTS Oral examination 100/100 2024-05-24
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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