Design Principles for Ocean Vehicles (13.42)

Front view of small powerboat creating waves.

This photo illustrates the waves and wake created by fast-moving boats. (Image courtesy of Steven Jayne. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2005



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This course features extensive readings and a lab with data collected by students.

Course Description

The course covers the basic techniques for evaluating the maximum forces and loads over the life of a marine structure or vehicle, so as to be able to design its basic configuration. Loads and motions of small and large structures and their short-term and long-term statistics are studied in detail and many applications are presented in class and studied in homework and laboratory sessions. Issues related to seakeeping of ships are studied in detail. The basic equations and issues of maneuvering are introduced at the end of the course. Three laboratory sessions demonstrate the phenomena studied and provide experience with experimental methods and data processing.

This course was originally offered in Course 13 (Ocean Engineering) as 13.42.

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Alexandra Techet. 2.22 Design Principles for Ocean Vehicles (13.42), Spring 2005. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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