The Maritime Engineering Reference Book - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750689878, 9780080560090

The Maritime Engineering Reference Book

1st Edition

A Guide to Ship Design, Construction and Operation

Editors: Anthony Molland
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750689878
eBook ISBN: 9780080560090
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 2nd September 2008
Page Count: 920
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The Maritime Engineering Reference Book is a one-stop source for engineers involved in marine engineering and naval architecture. In this essential reference, Anthony F. Molland has brought together the work of a number of the world's leading writers in the field to create an inclusive volume for a wide audience of marine engineers, naval architects and those involved in marine operations, insurance and other related fields.

Coverage ranges from the basics to more advanced topics in ship design, construction and operation. All the key areas are covered, including ship flotation and stability, ship structures, propulsion, seakeeping and maneuvering. The marine environment and maritime safety are explored as well as new technologies, such as computer aided ship design and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

Facts, figures and data from world-leading experts makes this an invaluable ready-reference for those involved in the field of maritime engineering.

Professor A.F. Molland, BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FRINA. is Emeritus Professor of Ship Design at the University of Southampton, UK. He has lectured ship design and operation for many years. He has carried out extensive research and published widely on ship design and various aspects of ship hydrodynamics.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive overview from best-selling authors including Bryan Barrass, Rawson and Tupper, and David Eyres
  • Covers basic and advanced material on marine engineering and Naval Architecture topics
  • Have key facts, figures and data to hand in one complete reference book


Professional Reference: Practising naval architects and marine engineers; ship designers; hydrodynamicists; ship builders; classification officers; marine consultants; marine insurance agents; engineers in related fields i.e. marine scientists, oceanographers, marine ecologists, civil engineers working in the marine environment

Academic Reference: advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of naval architecture; ship science and broader engineering sciences; engineering officer trainees

Table of Contents

1 The marine environment

1.1 The ship in the marine environment 1.2 Wind 1.3 Variations in level of sea surface 1.4 Regular waves 1.5 The sinusoidal wave 1.6 Irregular waves 1.7 Spectrum formulae by Pierson-Moskowitz and Bretschneider 1.8 The JONSWAP sea spectrum 1.9 Maximum wave height in a stationary random sea 1.10 Long-term statistics of irregular seaway 1.11 Wave data from observations 1.12 Wave climate 1.13 Freak waves 1.14 Oceanography 1.15 Ambient air 1.16 Climatic extremes 1.17 Marine pollution 1.18 References (Chapter 1)

2 Marine vehicle types

2.1 Overview 2.2 Merchant ships 2.3 High speed craft 2.4 Yachts 2.5 Warships 2.6 References and further reading (Chapter 2)

3 Flotation and stability

3.1 Equilibrium 3.2 Stability at small angles 3.3 Hydrostatic curves 3.4 Problems in trim and stability 3.5 Free surfaces 3.6 The inclining experiment 3.7 Stability at large angles 3.8 Weight movements 3.9 Dynamical stability 3.10 Flooding and damaged stability 3.11 Intact stability regulations

4 Ship structures

4.1 Main hull strength 4.2 Structural design and analysis 4.3 Ship vibration 4.4 References (Chapter 4)

5 Powering

5.1 Resistance and propulsion 5.2 Wake 5.3 Propeller performance characteristics 5.4 Propeller theories 5.5 Cavitation 5.6 Propeller design 5.7 Service performance and analysis 5.8 References (Chapter 5)

6 Marine engines and auxiliary machinery

6.1 Introduction 6.2 Propulsion systems 6.3 Diesel engine performance 6.4 Engine and plant selection 6.5 Propulsion engines 6.6 Auxiliary machinery and equipment 6.7 Instrumentation and control 6.8 References (Chapter 6)

7 Seakeeping

7.1 Seakeeping qualities 7.2 Ship motions 7.3 Limiting seakeeping criteria 7.4 Overall seakeeping performance 7.5 Data for seakeeping assessments 7.6 Non-linear effects 7.7 Numerical prediction of seakeeping 7.8 Experiments and trials 7.9 Improving seakeeping performance 7.10 Motion control 7.11 References (Chapter 7)

8 Manoeuvring

8.1 General concepts 8.2 Directional stability 8.3 Stability and control of surface ships 8.4 Rudder action 8.5 Limitations of theory 8.6 Assessment of manoeuvrability 8.7 Loss of speed on a turn 8.8 Heel when turning 8.9 Turning ability 8.10 Standards of manoeuvring and directional stability 8.11 Dynamic positioning 8.12 Automatic control systems 8.13 Ship interaction 8.14 Shallow water/bank effects 8.15 Broaching 8.16 Experimental approaches 8.17 CFD for ship manoeuvring 8.18 Stability and control of submarines 8.19 Rudders and control surfaces 8.20 References (Chapter 8)

9 Ship design, construction and operation

9.1 Introduction 9.2 Ship design 9.3 Materials 9.4 Ship construction 9.5 Ship economics 9.6 Optimisation in design and operation 9.7 References (Chapter 9)

10 Underwater vehicles

10.1 Introduction 10.2 A bit of history 10.3 ROV design 10.4 ROV components 10.5 References (Chapter 10)

11 Marine safety

11.1 Background 11.2 Regulatory authorities 11.3 Classification societies 11.4 Safety of marine systems 11.5 Safety management of ship stability 11.6 References (Chapter 11)

12 Glossary of terms and definitions

12.1 Abbreviations 12.2 Symbols 12.3 Terms and definitions


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About the Editor

Anthony Molland

Anthony Molland, MSc, PhD, CEng, FRINA is Emeritus Professor of Ship Design at the University of Southampton. He has carried out extensive experimental research and published widely on ship design and ship hydrodynamics including ship rudders and control surfaces, propellers and ship resistance components.

Affiliations and Expertise

MSc, PhD, CEng, FRINA Emeritus Professor of Ship Design, University of Southampton, UK

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