Introduction to Naval Architecture book cover

Introduction to Naval Architecture

Formerly Muckle's Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers

The fundamental characteristics of a ship’s design, and how they affect its behaviour at sea are of crucial importance to many people involved in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all marine vessels. Naval architects and those working in ship design need to understand these principles in depth. Marine engineers must likewise recognise the degree to which their activities are influenced and bounded by these principles. Finally, senior crew – both Ship’s Engineers and Commanders – need an understanding of the principles of naval architecture in order to properly fulfil their duties. This book offers a clear and concise introduction to the subject and is of great value to both students and practising professionals in all of the above fields.


Published: October 2004

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7506-6554-4


  • 'This fourth edition of an Introduction to Naval Architecture by E.C. Tupper follows on from the previous well-established edition of a text book of naval architecture that many find an invaluable reference in either studying or practising many aspects of marine technology, whether as naval architects, marine engineers, or as sea-going ship engineers and commanders... it builds on the strengths of the previous edition as a very valuable introduction to naval architecture that is clearly written and with well-presented figures... A further welcome addition is the inclusion of a number of exercises and worked examples to allow practice of calculations... In summary, this fourth edition builds on the strengths of the previous edition, with significant beneficial revisions to provide an excellent and comprehensive text on naval architecture that will be an invaluable source of reference for all students and practising professionals in marine technology.' Dr Peter N H Wright, University of Newcastle in The Naval Architect, March 2005


  • Preface to the fourth editionAcknowledgements1. Introductiona. Shipsb. Naval architecture and the naval architect c. The impact of computers2. Ship Designa. The requirementsb. Designc. Developing the designd. The design processe. Some general design attributesf. Safetyg. Summary3. Definition and regulationa. Definitionb. Displacement and tonnagec. Regulationd. Summary4. Ship form calculationsa. Approximate integrationb. Spreadsheetsc. Summary5. Flotation and initial stabilitya. Equilibriumb. Stability at small anglesc. Hydrostatic curvesd. Problems in trim and stabilitye. Free surfacesf. The inclining experimentg. Summary6. The external environmenta. Water and airb. Windc. Wavesd. Wave statisticse. Freak wavesf. Other extreme environmentsg. Marine pollutionh. Summary7. Stability at large anglesa. Stability curvesb. Weight movementsc. Dynamical stabilityd. Stability standardse. Flooding and damaged stabilityf. Summary8. Launching, docking and groundinga. Launchingb. Dockingc. Groundingd. Summary9. Resistancea. Fluid Flowb. Types of Resistancec. Calculation of resistanced. Methodical seriese. Roughnessf. Form parameters and resistanceg. Model experimentsh. Full scale trialsi. Effective powerj. Summary10. Propulsiona. General principlesb. Propulsorsc. The screw propellerd. Propeller thrust and torquee. Presentation of propeller dataf. Hull efficiency elementsg. Cavitationh. Other propulsor typesi. Ship trialsj. Main machinery powerk. Summary11. Ship dynamicsa. The basic responsesb. Ship vibrationsc. Calculationsd. Vibration levelse. Summary12. Seakeepinga. Seakeeping qualitiesb. Ship motionsc. Presentation of motion datad. Motions in irregular sease. Limiting Factorsf. Overall seakeeping performanceg. Acquiring seakeeping datah. Effect of ship formi. Stabilization j. Summary13. Manoeuvringa. Directional stability and control b. Manoeuvringc. Manoeuvring devicesd. Ship handlinge. Dynamic stability and control of submarinesf. Modifying the manoeuvring performanceg. Underwater vehiclesh. Summary14. Main hull strengtha. Modes of failureb. Nature of the ship’s structurec. Forces on a shipd. Section moduluse. Superstructuresf. Standard calculation resultsg. Transverse strengthh. Summary15. Structural elementsa. Strength of individual structural elementsb. Dynamics of longitudinal strengthc. Horizontal flexure and torsiond. Load-shortening curvese. Finite element analysisf. Structural safetyg. Corrosionh. Summary16. The internal environmenta. Important factorsb. Summary17. Ship Typesa. Merchant shipsb. High speed craftc. Warshipsd. SummaryReferences and Further ReadingAppendices Index


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