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EN471: Ship Design I

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EN471: Ship Design I (2-2-3).

This course introduces the student to the requirements and procedures for accomplishing the design of a ship. Each student develops the conceptual design of a small monohull displacement ship. Relevant design resources and techniques are used.


Code of Federal Regulations, Title 46, Parts 166 to 199, Office of the Federal Register, October 1, 2003


Ship Design and Construction, 2 vols., SNAME, 2003


  1. Understand the processes, methods, and requirements of ship design.
  2. Be aware of those Academy resources which are relevant and available for ship design.
  3. Be able to undertake and complete the conceptual design of a small monohull displacement ship.
  4. Have initiated their team capstone ship design project.


1/C standing in naval architecture major

Class Topics

  1. Engineering design principles
  2. Design management - GANTT charts - man-hour estimating - product definition
  3. Ship design - mission statement, COR
  4. Intro to project vessel type
  5. Project written portion descriptions, parametric analysis
  6. Parametric Analysis
  7. General arrangements and weights (LS, BO, variable, FD)
  8. Parametric Analysis - design lanes, target values
  9. CAD
  10. Loadlines, basic stability, basic hydrostatics
  11. General arrangements/ weights/ hull lines
  12. Stability analyses (subdivision)
  13. Propulsion system selection and powering estimate (EHP to BHP)
  14. Propulsion system layout
  15. Propeller and reduction gear selection
  16. Piping Schematic
  17. Electrical schematic and load analysis
  18. Rudder design
  19. Structural analysis - primary, secondary, tertiary (Gerr, ABS)
  20. Structural material options - drawings
  21. Seakeeping
  22. Cost estimating
  23. Manning

Laboratory Projects

  • All laboratory time is spent by the students working on their design under the instructor’s and mentor’s supervision.
  • Field trips to local Tier 2 and 3 shipyards (Chesapeake Shipyard, Mast and Mallet Boatbuilders, Performance Catamarans, USCG Yard)
  • Meetings with local naval architects
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