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EN471: Ship Design I

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EN471: Ship Design I (2-2-3)

The first course in a two semester sequence covering the theory and application of the principles of ship design for naval architecture students. Each student develops the conceptual design of a small, mono-hull displacement ship.  Relevant design resources and techniques are used.


  • Ship Design and Construction, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Lamb)



  1. Develop a practical understanding of the ship design process through the feasibility design of a small craft.
  2. Be able to apply ABS, CFR, and Navy criteria to a new design.
  3. Select a preliminary propulsion system for a new design.
  4. Develop a professional presentation (e.g. written) of a naval architecture preliminary design through quality drawings, sufficient calculations, and design trade-offs.
  5. Begin team capstone design.


1/C Standing in ENM Major

Class Topics

  1. Engineering Design Principles
  2. Design Management - GANTT Charts, Man-Hour Estimating, Product Definition
  3. Ship Design - Mission Statement, COR
  4. Introduction to Project Vessel Type
  5. Project Written Portion Descriptions, Parametric Analysis
  6. General Arrangements and Weights (LS, BO, Variable, FD)
  7. Parametric Analysis - Design Lanes, Target Values
  8. Loadlines, Basic Stability, Basic Hydrostatics
  9. General Arrangements/Weights/Hull Lines
  10. Stability Analyses (Subdivision)
  11. Propulsion System Selection and Powering Estimate (EHP to BHP)
  12. Propeller and Reduction Gear Selection
  13. Rudder Design
  14. Structural Material Options
  15. Cost Estimating
  16. Manning


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