Basic Ship Theory Volume 1

Basic Ship Theory Volume 1

5th Edition - October 1, 2001

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  • Author: KJ Rawson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080499857

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Rawson and Tupper's Basic Ship Theory, first published in 1968, is widely known as the standard introductory text for naval architecture students, as well as being a useful reference for the more experienced designer. The fifth edition continues to provide a balance between theory and practice. Volume 1 discusses ship geometry and measurement in its more basic concepts, also covering safety issues, structural strength, flotation, trim and stability. Both volumes feature the importance of considering the environment in design. Basic Ship Theory is an essential tool for undergraduates and national vocational students of naval architecture, maritime studies, ocean and offshore engineering, and will be of great assistance to practising marine engineers and naval architects.

Key Features

  • Brand new edition of the leading undergraduate textbook in Naval Architecture
  • Provides a basis for more advanced theory
  • Over 500 examples, with answers


Undergraduates and National Vocational students worldwide in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Maritime, Ocean and Offshore Engineering. Currently has adoptions in the States and used widely in Europe and rest of world. For example at Strathclyde University there are 120 students studying the BEng/MEng in Naval Architecture in total (approx 30 a year). Also used as a reference by practitioners

Table of Contents

  • Art or Science?
    Some tools
    Flotation and Trim
    Hazards and Protection
    The Ship Girder
    Structural Design and Analysis
    Launching and Docking
    The Ship Environment and Human Factors
    Answers to problems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 416
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2001
  • Published: October 1, 2001
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080499857

About the Author

KJ Rawson

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Professor of Design and Technology at Brunel University, and Chief Naval Architect at the Ministry of Defence.

About the Editor

E. C. Tupper

Eric Tupper is a Fellow and Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), UK. In 2011 he received the William Froude Medal for outstanding contribution to naval architecture from RINA for his Basic Ship Theory books, co-authored with Ken Rawson. His long career in naval architecture has included ship design, hydrodynamic and structural research, and ship production.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fellow and Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), UK

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