Introduction to Naval Architecture

5th Edition

Authors: E. C. Tupper
Paperback ISBN: 9780080982373
eBook ISBN: 9780080982724
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 4th February 2013
Page Count: 496
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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

Key Features

  • Provides a perfect introduction to naval architecture for newcomers to the field and a compact overview for related marine professionals needing a working knowledge of the area
  • Updated to cover key developments including double-hulled tankers and the increased use of computational methods and modeling in ship design
  • Draws on the experience of renowned naval architecture author Eric Tupper to provide extensive scope and authoritative detail, all in an accessible and approachable style


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.

Table of Contents


Preface to the Fifth Edition


Arrangement of the Book


Chapter 1. Introduction


Naval Architecture and the Naval Architect


The Impact of Technology and Computers


Chapter 2. Definition and Regulation



Displacement and Tonnage

Freeboard and Load Lines

International and National Regulatory Bodies



Chapter 3. Ship Form Calculations


Approximate Integration



Chapter 4. Flotation



The Metacentre


Hydrostatic Curves

Problems in Trim

Transverse Weight Movements


Chapter 5. Stability


The Approach

Stability at Small Angles

Special Cases in Stability

The Inclining Experiment

Stability at Large Angles

Statical Stability (GZ) Curves

Cross Curves of Stability

Weight Movements

Dynamical Stability

External Influences

Stability Standards for the Intact Ship

IMO Criteria

Warship Intact Stability

Comment on Stability Standards

Stability of Small Craft

Flooding and Damaged Stability

Stability in the Damaged State

The Probabilistic Approach

Stability Standards for the Damaged Ship

Damage Stability Standards for Warships

Continuing Work


Chapter 6. Launching, Docking and Grounding






Chapter 7. Resistance


Fluid Flow

Numerical Methods and Computational Fluid Dynamics

Types of Resistance

Calculation of Resistance</p


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About the Author

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


"…nicely presented and provides an up to date introduction to naval architecture that would be hard to better in one volume by a single author of eminence in naval architecture…much to commend in keeping the fully capable naval architect abreast of recent developments, with the direct knowledge provided and guidance to further detail through not just publications but also useful websites in the comprehensive reading list."--The Naval Architect, March 2014