Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Experimental and numerical methods for ship resistance and propulsion

Overall Course Objectives

To train the participants to predict the hydrodynamic resistance of a ship using model tests, empirical calculation methods, and numerical simulations, and to use these predictions to specify an optimal bulbous bow and a highly-efficient propulsion system for the ship.

Learning Objectives

  • describe the assumptions associated with theoretical models and calculation methods associated with the resistance and propulsion of ships
  • explain the theory behind model testing for resistance and propulsion (Froude scaling)
  • organize and execute a series of ship model tests
  • perform calculations that transform data from model to full scale by ITTC-1978 or a similar procedure
  • calculate and assess the flow, including the generated wave system, around the ship with commercial software
  • describe the function of ship propellers, and explain the use of propeller diagrams (for instance the B-series propellers)
  • apply propeller diagrams to identify an optimum propeller
  • explain the interaction between ship, propeller, and main engine
  • specify the propulsive main engine that performs best with the ship and its propeller
  • collect experimental and numerical results in a high-quality technical report

Course Content

Experimental and computational methods to predict resistance and propulsion in calm water. Froude scaling. Resistance model tests (ITTC-1978) with optimization of a bulbous bow. Power prognosis on the basis of the model tests, and calculation of the optimum combination of main engine and propeller (B-series). It is emphasised that the students must take an active part in the planning, preparation, testing, and analysis of the model tests.

Recommended prerequisites

Teaching Method

Lectures, group work, model tests, computer simulations

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 20.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41263
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 32
Semester end Week 34
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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