Introduction to Naval Architecture

4th Edition

Formerly Muckle's Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers

Authors: E. C. Tupper
Paperback ISBN: 9780750665544
eBook ISBN: 9780080478715
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 6th October 2004
Page Count: 464
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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.

Key Features

  • Covers introductory level courses in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Updated to cover key developments including double-hulled tankers
  • Fully revised fourth edition accompanied by exercises and worked solutions for the first time


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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the fourth edition

1. Introduction
a. Ships
b. Naval architecture and the naval architect
c. The impact of computers

2. Ship Design
a. The requirements
b. Design
c. Developing the design
d. The design process
e. Some general design attributes
f. Safety
g. Summary

3. Definition and regulation
a. Definition
b. Displacement and tonnage
c. Regulation
d. Summary

4. Ship form calculations
a. Approximate integration
b. Spreadsheets
c. Summary

5. Flotation and initial stability
a. Equilibrium
b. Stability at small angles
c. Hydrostatic curves
d. Problems in trim and stability
e. Free surfaces
f. The inclining experiment
g. Summary

6. The external environment
a. Water and air
b. Wind
c. Waves
d. Wave statistics
e. Freak waves
f. Other extreme environments
g. Marine pollution
h. Summary

7. Stability at large angles
a. Stability curves
b. Weight movements
c. Dynamical stability
d. Stability standards
e. Flooding and damaged stability
f. Summary

8. Launching, docking and grounding
a. Launching
b. Docking
c. Grounding
d. Summary

9. Resistance
a. Fluid Flow
b. Types of Resistance
c. Calculation of resistance
d. Methodical series
e. Roughness
f. Form parameters and resistance
g. Model experiments
h. Full scale trials
i. Effective power
j. Summary

10. Propulsion
a. General principles
b. Propulsors
c. The screw propeller
d. Propeller thrust and torque
e. Presentation of propeller data
f. Hull efficiency elements
g. Cavitation
h. Other propulsor types
i. Ship trials
j. Main machinery power
k. Summary

11. Ship dynamics
a. The basic responses
b. Ship vibrations
c. Calculations
d. Vibration levels
e. Summary

12. Seakeeping
a. Seakeeping qualities
b. Ship motions


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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


'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