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EN245: Principles of Ocean Engineering Systems

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

This course introduces new ocean engineering (EOE) majors to general problems and design practices in the areas of the ocean environment.  A primary focus in the course is the analysis of a floating offshore structure and the design of a small submersible vehicle.  Topics in the course include hydrostatics, stability, and solid model design.  The course emphasizes the use of laboratory experiments, Excel spreadsheets, and computer-aided design (CAD).


  • SolidWorks 2017 for Designers (Tickoo, 2017)


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

Class Topics

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

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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