EN447: Autonomous Vessel Design
EN447: Autonomous Vessel Design (2-2-3).
This course provides exposure to the revolutionary world of unmanned/autonomous systems, including unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). As a project-based course, midshipmen will apply the best practices of naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering, and systems engineering to design a next-generation USV capable of transiting the Atlantic Ocean in a fully autonomous manner.
Principles of Yacht Design, Fourth Edition (Larsson, Eliasson, and Orych, 2014)
1. Understand traditional ship/submarine design practices, technology development processes/procedures, and the role of innovation in unmanned system design.
2. Develop a greater understanding of fundamental naval architecture principles, including hull-form design, hydrostatics, stability, keel/rudder design, sail/rig design, resistance, propulsion, and seakeeping performance.
3. Apply fundamental engineering principles to create an iterative concept design for a fully autonomous USV.
4. Develop a greater understanding of composite material properties, fabrication methods, and performance characteristics.
5. Develop greater proficiency with computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools and associated analytical processes.
6. Understand modern concepts for unmanned systems, including basic autonomy, control algorithms, sensor functionality, autonomous navigation, machine learning, and various ethical considerations.
7. Develop a greater understanding of naval warfare concepts/policies, including the emerging role of unmanned/autonomous systems.
8. Improve technical writing, verbal presentation, and general communication skills (including literature review practices).
ENA/ENM major or approval of Department Chair.
- Technology Development and Innovation in Ship Design
- Autonomous System Design
- Design Methodology (Design Spiral and Work Breakdown Structure)
- Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Tools and Practices
- Hull Geometry and Hull Design/Layout
- Hydrostatics and Stability
- Material Selection, Fabrication Tools/Processes, and Composite Material Concepts
- Keel and Rudder Design
- Sail and Rig Design
- Ship Balance
- Rig Construction, Hull Construction, and Scantling Determination
- Design Evaluation Tools, Processes, and Procedures
- Sailing Fundamentals and Rules of the Road
- Electronic/Control Systems, Sensors, and Power Distribution
- Basic Autonomy, Control Algorithms, and Control System Integration
- Autonomous Navigation and Machine Learning
- Technology Policy
- Ethics of Autonomous Systems
- Introduction to Design And Fabrication Tools/Materials
- Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE)
- Composite Fabrication
- MaxiMOOP Fabrication
- USV Design Development, Evaluation, Improvement, and Finalization