Introduction to Naval Architecture

Formerly Muckle's Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers


  • E. C. Tupper, Fellow and Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), UK

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.
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Students of naval architecture and marine engineering at NVQ, HND and degree level in the UK and international equivalents. Practicing and student crew working towards certificated command and engineering positions in merchant and naval sectors, in particular the UK DoT/SCOTVEC Certificate of Competency for Class 2 and Class 1 Marine Engineer Officers. Ship surveyors and related technical/engineering groups.


Book information

  • Published: October 2004
  • 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

Table of Contents

Introduction; Ship design; Definition and regulation; Ship form calculations; Flotation and initial stability; External environment; Stability at large angles; Launching, docking and grounding; Resistance; Propulsion; Simple ship dynamics and vibration; Seakeeping; Manoeuvering; Main hull strength; Structural integrity; Internal environment; Ship types; Appendices; Web bank: Questions and Solutions