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Maritime Studies

Maritime Computational Mechanics


The essential content of the subject is the numerical modelling of the dynamics of the vessel or its manoeuvring properties. The subject is divided into two strands:

· Movement of a solid body on the surface of the water under the influence of external forces: Manoeuvrability of vessels and IMO standard, 3D body dynamics theory, Theory of manoeuvring,

· Determination of external forces due to current, waves, wind, interactions with other vessels and interactions with coastal and near coastal infrastructure,

· Introduction to the control theory of vessel dynamics and the transition to optimal control theory.

In both sets, we solve numerical models in the MATLAB environment. The emphasis is on gaining a sense of precision in determining the dynamics of the vessel, according to the choice of the numerical method. Most cases are solved by simplified models, where we monitor the simple dynamics of the vessel with regard to the simplified system of external forces.


Goals and competencies

The purpose of the course is to understand and use numerical models for determining the manoeuvring properties of a vessel. The student learns the basic equations of motion in algebraic and differential forms. In the task framework is latter able to reconstruct all the coefficients of the mathematical models of the manoeuvring properties of the ship.

Basic literature

  1. T.I.Fossen, Handbook of marine crafts hydrodinamics and motion control, 2011
  2. International Maritime Organization. Standards for Ship Manoeuvrability. IMO Resolution MSC.137(76). 2002.
  3. International Towing Tank Conference - ITTC. Opened: 27/05/2012. url: http: //
  4. ITTC – Full scale manoeuvring trials, 2017
  5. O.M.Faltinsen, Hydrodynamics of high-speed marine vehicles, CUP, 2005