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)
- The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction (Gougeon, 2005)
- Fiberglass Boat Design and Construction (Scott, 1996)
- Composite Materials in Maritime Structures, Volume I/II (Shenoi and Wellicome, 2008)
- Theory of Wing Sections (Abbott and Von Doenhoff, 1959)
- Understand traditional ship/submarine design practices, technology development processes/procedures, and the role of innovation in unmanned system design.
- 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.
- Apply fundamental engineering principles to create an iterative concept design for a fully autonomous USV.
- Develop a greater understanding of composite material properties, fabrication methods, and performance characteristics.
- Develop greater proficiency with computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools and associated analytical processes.
- Understand modern concepts for unmanned systems, including basic autonomy, control algorithms, sensor functionality, autonomous navigation, machine learning, and various ethical considerations.
- Develop a greater understanding of naval warfare concepts/policies, including the emerging role of unmanned/autonomous systems.
- Improve technical writing, verbal presentation, and general communication skills (including literature review practices).
ENM/ENMH 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