TMR4135 - Design Methods 2: Special Vessels


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam - Flipped classroom 60/100 30 minutes E
Group Assignment ABD 40/100

Course content

Modeling of missions and operations for determining customer requirements. Design processes adapted to special vessels - Accelerated Business Development (ABD) and system based ship-design. Introduction to engineering design theories, and design theories applied at other universities. Conceptual design based on parametric analysis. Development of function architecture and functional requirements. Iterations between customer needs, functional requirements and design parameters (CN-FR-DP). Modularization and product platforms. Methods for decision making under uncertainty for special vessels: Trade-Space Exploration, Epoch-Era Analysis, Design Structure Matrices. Data analysis applied on AIS data for operational pattern analysis. Simulation based life-cycle performance analysis for operability, fuel efficiency and economy. Introduction to risk based ship design, with a probabilistic damage stability case - special vessel requirement.

Learning outcome

The course shall enable the students for fast-track concept design of advanced special vessels, apply advanced methods and be introduced to research-based state-of-art in the design and verification process, with due regard for the boundary conditions and functional requirements governing special vessels and special vessel operations.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of two main parts: 1. Lectures, videolectures and colloquial group based discussions where student groups or lecturer introduce themes for discussions. 2. A team (group) based fasttrack vessel design project, following the procedure of the Accelerated Business Development (ABD) approach from Ulstein International. The ABD approach is a logistics-based fasttrack ship design approach. Ideal group size is three to four students.

Further on evaluation

Aggregate score based on oral exam (60%) and report from group-based ABD (Accelerated Business Development, logistics based fasttrack concept design) project (40%). The oral exam is organized as flipped-classroom.

The aggregated score is based on the assessment of the parts. The results are assigned a letter grade.

Course materials

Lecture notes, book-chapters and scientific journal papers.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIN0545 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Group Assignment ABD 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam - Flipped classroom 60/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral exam - Flipped classroom 60/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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