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MENG 2104 - Naval Architecture 2

Marine Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

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Course Details

This is a preparatory course for students to write the Transport Canada “NAVAL ARCHITECTURE 2nd Class” examination paper towards their Transport Canada 2nd Class “Motor” Certificate of Competency. All topics covered in this course are listed in TP 2293E under 27.7 – NAVAL ARCHITECTURE (EXAMINATION CODE: 2NAR), and these are: Wetted surface formulae; Simpson’s rules applied to second moments of areas, centroids, centre of pressure, shearing force, and bending moment of loaded ship in still water; Transverse stability, hydrostatic curves, free surface effect, TPC; Rudders and stresses in rudder stock; Longitudinal stability; Draught, trim, and heel; Resistance and propulsion; Prediction of full-scale resistance from model experiments; Propellers; Ship construction; Effect of panting and pounding; Dry docking; Load line; Ship’s tonnage measurement and classification; Classed and unclassed ships; Damage control.


3rd/4th Class Engineering Certificate (steam and/or motor).



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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Solve problems based on Archimedes’ principle of flotation and form coefficients.
  • Calculate the shift of centre of gravity and KG due to loading, unloading, or moving weights.
  • Calculate areas, volume, and centroids of irregular shapes using Simpson’s First and Second Rules.
  • Calculate centres of pressure, shearing force, and bending moment of a loaded ship in still water.
  • Calculate moment of statical stability using GZ curves, cross curves of stability, and hydrostatic curves.
  • Calculate free surface effect due to bilging of compartments using the lost-buoyancy and added-mass methods.
  • Calculate longitudinal BM, GM, statical stability, centre of flotation and moment to change trim by one centimetre.
  • Calculate forces acting on the rudder, and stresses in rudder stock, when turning.
  • Solve simple problems on the prediction of full-scale resistance from model experiments.
  • Solve problems on propellers involving the use of wake factor, ep, dp, QPC, thrust power, and qualitative treatment of cavitation.
  • Sketch and describe the forces acting on a ship under various conditions, including the effect of panting and pounding.
  • Describe the design and constructional features of general cargo ships, crude tankers, bulk carriers, Ro-Ro vessels, gas tankers, chemical carriers, refrigerated vessels, container ships, fast ferries, tug boats, and ice breakers.
  • Describe the constructional details of various parts of a steel ship, and explain the use of high-tensile steel and aluminium alloy in ship construction.
  • Describe the structural fire protection arrangements on a ship.
  • Describe the precautions and inspections carried out before and during dry docking, and prior to undocking.
  • Explain the principles of ship tonnage measurement, ship classification, and load line assignment on ships.
  • Describe shipboard damage control methods by counter-ballasting, temporary patching, structural reinforcing, temporary, and semi-permanent shoring.

Effective as of Winter 2016


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