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EN245: Principles of Ocean Systems Engineering

Catalog Description

EN245 Principles of Ocean Systems Engineering (2-2-3).

This course introduces new students in the Ocean Engineering (EOE) major to general problems and design practices related to the ocean environment.  Specifically, the course focuses on the analysis of a floating offshore structure and the design of a small, submersible vehicle.  Other major topics in the course include hydrostatics, stability, heave motion analysis, and solid-model design.  This course emphasizes hands-on laboratory experiments and computer-aided design (CAD).


SolidWorks 2017 for Designers, Sham Tickoo (2017), CADCIM Technologies, ISBN 978-1-942689-75-1


Class notes, laboratory handouts, and term-project handouts.


  1. Apply basic engineering principles to the analysis of ocean systems.
  2. Apply the principles of hydrostatics and stability to both surfaced and submerged structures/vehicles.
  3. Employ computer applications to solve engineering problems.
  4. Conduct an experiment, reduce the associated data, and write a technical lab report.
  5. Design an ocean system capable of meeting a prescribed mission.


EM211, Statics (Co-Requisite)

Class Topics

  1. Floating Body Hydrostatics
  2. Submerged Body Hydrostatics
  3. Computer-Aided Design
  4. Physical Modeling and Experimentation
  5. Engineering Design

Computer Usage

  1. Introduction to Spreadsheet Programming and Data Processing (Microsoft Excel)
  2. Computer-Aided Design (SolidWorks)
  3. Laboratory Write-Up Formatting, Embedding Tables, Figures, and Equations (Microsoft Word)

Laboratory Projects

  1. Hydromechanics Laboratory: Archimedes' Principle
  2. Classroom: Centroids
  3. Hydromechanics Laboratory: Inclining Experiment
  4. Hydromechanics Laboratory: Heave Motions

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