The Modules of a Naval Engineer's Education

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What are the modules that make up a Naval Engineer's education?

Big question! I will try on this page to capture those. I will begin by listing the modules contained within our current course offerings, but I think that in so doing I will find gaps, which may be used to define new courses or mini-courses that SHOULD be offered.


  • PHYSICS
    • Newtonian mechanics, F=MA
  • STATICS
    • Free-body diagrams
    • Reactions of static structures
    • Equilibrium
  • DYNAMICS
    • Newton's laws of motion
    • Solutions of simple harmonic motion
    • Degrees of Freedom
  • FLUID MECHANICS
    • Fluid physics: turbulence, viscosity
  • GRAPHICS
    • How to present 3D information in a drawing
    • CAD use
  • MATHEMATICS
    • Calculus through integral calculus of multiple variables and Partial Differential Equations
    • Applied mathematics including Newton's method...others?
    • Basic concepts in probability & statistics
  • COMMUNICATION
    • English writing & composition
    • Public speaking and slidesmanship
    • The visual display of quantitative information
  • MATERIAL SCIENCE
    • Basics of metal material behavior: phases, temperature effects, definition of terms, hardening.
    • Models of material behavior - and the limitations thereof
    • Design pathways (Spiral, DSM, Set-Based, etc.)
    • Analysis of Alternatives, AHP, etc.
    • Fundamentals of contract law
    • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents
    • Knowledge Management
    • Methods for innovation
    • Quality
    • Design Optimization
    • Linear algebra through n-dimensional matrix methods
  • SHIP HYDRODYNAMICS
    • Ship Nomenclature
    • Ship Geometry – Principal Dimensions & Coefficients of Form
    • Flotation and Trim Calculations
    • Stability
    • Potential Flow
    • Viscous flow
    • Resistance & propulsion
    • Lifting flow
    • Wing Theory
    • How to develop a ship hull shape for these considerations
  • SHIP STRUCTURE
    • Structural configuration
    • Structural behavior calculation
    • Structural dynamics
    • Seaway-induced structural loads
  • SHIP HYDRO II
    • The statistical nature of seakeeping
    • The equations of motion
    • Propellers
    • Engine/Propeller matching
    • Weld induced distortion / residual stresses
    • Engineering change proposals; waivers/deviations; drawing reviews/changes
    • Examples of a Design package
  • SHIP PRODUCTION
    • Corrosion
    • Introduction to Marine Industry
    • Ship and Types and Components
    • Shipbuilding Industry
    • Markets, Demand and Supply
    • Productivity
    • Competition
    • Specifications and Contracts
    • Marine Cost Estimating
    • Modern Shipbuilding Practice
    • Lean Shipbuilding
    • Introduction to Materials for Ship Building
    • Material Behaviour and Analysis I
    • Material Behaviour and Analysis I
    • Material Joining
    • Composites
    • Materials Preservation -
    • Structural Joining Design
    • Shipyard Layout & Overall Design
    • Shipyard Equipment
    • Design for Production I
    • Engineering for Ship Production
    • Shipyard Management & Organization
    • Group Technology & Work Breakdown Structures
    • Build Strategy
    • Production & Material Control
    • CAD/CAM Applications
    • Financial accounting and control
    • Team leadership
    • Conflict resolution
    • Interpersonal communication - how to disagree politely
  • MANAGEMENT
    • Project Planning & Management
    • Maritime Standards and Standardization Organisations
    • Brainstorming
    • Project management
    • Management
    • Organization
    • Leadership
    • Teams & Teaming
    • Communication
    • Concurrent Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Strategic Management
    • Project management Roles & Responsibilities
    • Project definition and Scope
    • Project Start and End
    • Project Cost management
    • Project Planning
    • Project Scheduling
    • Project Control and Reporeting
    • Quality Control
    • Change Control
    • Risk Management
    • QFD
    • Project Management Principles
    • Analytical Hierarchy Process
    • Limits of the human body
  • SHIP MOTION & CONTROL
    • Motions & maneuvering
    • Ship lifting surfaces (e.g. Rudders)
    • The importance of seakeeping
    • Measuring seakeeping performance
    • Strip Theory
    • Motions in irregular seas
    • Derived Responses 1
    • Design Aspects 1
    • Control Surfaces
    • Wind Tunnel
    • Selecting a Rudder
    • Control Implications
    • Hydrodynamic Derivatives
    • State Space Representation
    • Analysis of Turning Vessel
    • Coupling and Nonlinearities
    • Stability and Manoeuvring
    • Standard Manoeuvres
    • Control Introduction
    • Controller Performance and Tuning
    • Control and Modelling Errors
    • Nonlinearities and Disturbances
    • Control with Nonlinearities and Disturbances
    • A Very Brief Introduction to Intelligent and Optimal Control
  • SHIP MACHINERY
    • Review of Thermodynamics
    • Machinery systems architecture
    • Marine Fuels
    • Repricoating Prime Movers
    • Gas Turbine Prime Movers
    • Steam Turbine Plants
    • Turbine Theory
    • Electrical Machinery
    • Electrical Systems & Integrated / Hybrid Plants
    • Shafting and Components
    • Gearing Clutches and Flexible Elements
    • Engine-Propulsor Matching
    • Machine Vibration Excitation and Mitigation
    • Ship auxiliary systems
    • Design and Analysis of Fluid Systems
    • Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
    • Alarms and Controls
    • Automation Systems
  • SHIP DESIGN & INTEGRATION / SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
    • 2. What is Ship Design?
    • 3. Design from a “Protection” viewpoint:
      • 3.1. Protecting the Mariner
      • 3.2. Protecting the Cargo
      • 3.3. Protecting the Marine Environment
      • Total ship environmental impact
      • 3.4. Protecting the Owner’s Investment
      • 3.5. Protecting our business
        • 3.5.1. Job Costing
        • 3.5.2. Following the Rules
          • 3.5.2.1 International Law
          • 3.5.2.2 National Law
          • 3.5.2.3 Voluntary Compliance
          • Role of Classification Societies
    • 4. Ship Acquisition Process
    • 5. Mission & Owner’s Requirements
    • 5.1 Requirement Setting
    • 6. Design Process
      • 6.1. System architecture; design baseline
      • 6.2. System hierarchy; work breakdown structure
      • 6.3. Technical reviews
      • 6.4. Design Products: Drawings, Contracts & Specifications
      • 6.5. The iterative or Spiral nature of design
    • 7. Figures of Merit
      • 7.1. Technical performance measures
      • 7.2. Analytical Hierarchy Process
      • 7.3. Probability & statistics primer
      • 7.4. Design margins
      • 7.5. Cost analysis
      • 7.6. Risk analysis - basics
      • 7.7. Technology special topic - TRL's; tech assessment
    • 8. Parametric Design
    • 8.1 Whole-Ship Design projects
    • 8.2 Ship Parametric Design Methods
    • 9. Arrangements / Area-Volume
    • 10. Estimating Mass Properties
    • 11. Risk Assessment
      • 11.1 Risk Management
      • 11.2 The Mathematics of Risk
      • 11.3 IMO Formal Safety Assessment
  • HUMAN ENGINEERING
    • Human physiology for engineers
    • Limits of the human mind
    • Beauty & aesthetics
  • SHIP HYDROSTATICS
    • Test Engineering
  • SPECIAL SHIP TYPES
  • Small Craft
  • Advanced Marine Vehicles
  • Naval Vessels
  • Offshore Platforms
  • Research Vessels
  • Sailing Craft
  • Planing Craft
  • Introduction to Unmanned Systems
  • Federal Acquisition Management
  • LIFELONG LEARNING SKILLS
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