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Introduction to Naval Architecture

Written by an award-winning naval architecture author and former vice-president of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), the fifth edition of Introduction to Naval Architecture has been fully updated to take in advances in the field and is ideal both for those approaching the subject for the first time and those looking to update or refresh their knowledge on areas outside of their direct expertise.This book provides a broad appreciation of the science and art of naval architecture, explaining the subject in physical rather than in mathematical terms. While covering basic principles, such as hull geometry, propulsion, and stability, the book also addresses contemporary topics, such as computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM). The new edition reflects the continuing developments in technology, changes in international regulations and recent research. Knowledge of the fundamentals of naval architecture is essential not only for newcomers to the field but also the wealth of non-naval architects working in the marine area, including marine engineers, marine surveyors and ship crews. This book provides the most well-known and trusted introduction to the topic, offering a clear and concise take on the basics of this broad field.
Praise for previous edition

"...a clear and concise introduction to the subject, giving a good grasp of the basics of naval architecture." - Maritime Journal

" go-to book for understanding the general principles of naval architecture. The book is well-written and easy to understand." - reviewer


Novice naval architects, marine engineers and other marine industry professionals needing an introduction to and working knowledge of naval architecture. Students of naval architecture and marine engineering; Ship crew working towards certificated command and engineering positions in merchant and naval sectors; Ship surveyors and related technical/engineering groups.

Paperback, 496 Pages

Published: February 2013

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-098237-3


  • "He approaches the science and art of naval architecture in physical rather than mathematical terms, in order to explain the fundamental principles in a clear manner that should be adequate for many people associated with maritime matters. For naval architects proper, he provides a framework to fill in with the details needed to become a designer, builder, or researcher."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013
    "..a clear and concise introduction to the subject, giving a good grasp of the basics of naval architecture."--Maritime Journal


  • Preface to the fifth edition
    1 Introduction
    2 Definition and regulation
    3 Ship form calculations
    4 Flotation
    5. Stability
    6 Launching, docking and grounding
    7 Resistance
    8 Propulsion
    9 The ship environments
    10 Seakeeping
    11 Vibration, noise and shock
    12 Manoeuvering
    13 Structures
    14 Ship design
    15 Ship types
    References and Further reading
    Appendix A: Presentation of data
    Appendix B: The displacement sheet and hydrostatics
    Appendix C: Basic ship dynamics
    Appendix D: The Froude notation
    Appendix E: Questions


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