EN400: Principles of Ship Performance
EN400: Principles of Ship Performance (3-2-4)
This course is an introduction to the applied science of ship systems. The course describes ships and submarines and how they remain afloat from a design and application perspective. Included are topics in hydrostatics, ship stability and operability, materials, fluid dynamics and propulsion. [fall, spring]
Course notes have been compiled and are available below online and printed at the USNA bookstore.
Numerous references are used to supplement the course notes.
Detailed course objectives are listed at the beginning of each chapter of the course notes. Student learning outcomes include:
- Apply the concepts of Static Equilibrium and Archimedes’ Principle to the operation of a ship.
- Demonstrate the ability to assess the stability condition of a ship. Predict the effect of planned shipboard evolutions on ship stability.
- Understand the significance of damage to a ship which has compromised its watertight integrity. Use hydrostatics to make intelligent and safe choices to maintain a ship afloat and upright.
- Understand the structural arrangement of a ship, including the choice of materials and the stresses developed by loads encountered in its operating environment.
- Understand the different components that make up a ship’s resistance and the manner in which the propulsion plant transmits its power to overcome those forces.
- Understand factors affecting the seakeeping and maneuverability of ships in a seaway.
NS100, SP211, 3/C Cruise
Topics listed by chapter, below.
Basic computer usage, such as use of word-processing and spreadsheet software, is expected for completion of various homework assignments and laboratory write-ups.
Numerous laboratory projects related to coursework are performed throughout the semester.
|Ch 1: Engineering Fundamentals|
|Ch 2: Hull Form & Geometry|
|Ch 3: Hydrostatics||3: Inclining Experiment|
|Ch 4: Stability|
|Ch 5: Properties of Naval Materials||6: Materials & Materials Testing|
|Ch 6: Ship Structures|
|Ch 7: Resistance and Powering of Ships||
|Ch 8: Seakeeping||9: Seakeeping|
|Ch 9: Ship Maneuverability|
|Ch 10: Submarines & Submersibles|
|10: YP Craft Practical Application|
Appendices and Ships Data:
|Appendix A: Water Density||Appendix B: Water Kinematic Viscosity||Appendix C: Geometric Shapes|
LT George C. Davis, III, USN,