NAME Graduate Elective and Special Courses

The following tables give a short description of the elective and special courses taught by the faculty of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME).

Elective Courses

Graduate students have to select courses for a total of 30(33) credits as part of the degree requirements. Graduate students enroll in the "G" section of 4000-level courses. Courses on the 6000-level are reserved for graduate students only.


NAME 4120G Ship Structural Analysis and Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3120

Review of longitudinal strength; principal stress distributions and stress trajectories; local strength analysis; panels under lateral load; columns and stanchions; panels in buckling under uniform edge compression loading and panels under shear and combination loading; rational ship section design synthesis based on stress and loading hierarchy; primary, secondary, and tertiary stresses as criteria of strength in ship structural design, including grillage aspects

NAME 4121G Analysis and Design of Floating Offshore Structures (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 2160

Design and analysis of floating offshore platforms in general. Unsteady hydrodynamics, linear and nonlinear water waves, prediction of wave forces on large and small bodies. Fluid pressure forces on moving bodies using relative motion approach and radiation/diffraction approach. Analysis and prediction of random waves and vessel response using spectral methods. Additional topics such as mooring analysis as time permits

NAME 4122G Introduction to Marine Composites (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3120

Composite materials are introduced presenting their classification, fundamental characteristics, and main advantages and disadvantages. Present and future applications within the marine industry are discussed together with the materials most commonly employed and available manufacturing methods. Elements of the mechanics of both laminate and sandwich topologies are analyzed. Additional topics cover their performance characteristics, failure, maintenance, repair, testing and regulatory aspects.

NAME 4130G Marine Engineering II (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3130

A study of ship propulsion systems, including waste heat utilization, availability, diesel engine performance, compressible pipe flow, shafting alignment, machinery vibration, and torsional vibration analysis.

NAME 4131G Reliability, Availability, and Maintenance (3 credits)
Prerequisites: 4MATH 2115

4Review of probability and statistics; analytical stochastic models for component and system failures; strategies for inspection, maintenance, repair and replacement. Introduction to fault-tree and event-tree analysis; frequency and duration techniques; Markov models; and case studies. (NAME 4131, ENME 4734, and ENEE 4131 are cross-listed)

NAME 4132G Management of Ship Life Cycle (3 credits)

Phases of ship life cycle, the economics of costs versus benefits, qualitative and quantitative analysis of marine systems, ship life cycle cost elements and total cost of ownership, systems engineering process modeling, ship design, production, maintenance and operation processes, decision making under uncertainty, databases, dynamic programming, risk-based decision making, management of human and organization error in ship operations concurrent engineering.

NAME 4133G Ship Production (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of department

An examination of the shipbuilding industry and ship construction techniques is provided including analysis of the market and management theory for shipyards, product work breakdown structure, modular methodologies, manufacturing methods, outfitting and painting techniques, shipyard layout and organization, planning/scheduling, and accuracy/quality assurance. Emphasis is placed on welding and lean six sigma practices.

NAME 4141G Curved Surface Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: MATH 2115

Computer-aided design of curves and curved surfaces; differential geometry, B-splines/NURBS curves and surfaces; Properties, fairness, creation and modification of surfaces. Ship hull and propeller modeling.

NAME 4151G Small Craft Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3120 and NAME 3150

Motor and sailing yacht design, empirical methods for planing vessels, trim, lift and drag in planing; Hydrofoil and wing theory; Use of standard series for resistance and performance prediction; Seakeeping, hull structure, hull materials, powering using supercavitating propellers or pump-jet of small craft. Laboratory.

NAME 4160G Ship Hydrodynamics II (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3150

A study of ship hydrodynamic problems in the areas of viscous fluid motion, ideal fluid flow, two-dimensional hydrofoils, three-dimensional foils as well as propeller theory.

NAME 4162G Offshore Structure and Ship Dynamics II (3 credits)
Prerequisites: MATH 2115 and NAME 3160

Linear oscillatory motion of floating bodies (Ships and Offshore Structures) due to water waves. Vibration theory, unsteady ideal flow theory, water wave theory, and linear ship motions theory. Prediction of ship platform motion in regular and irregular waves. Developments in hydroelasticity, maneuvering, and nonlinear ship motion. A laboratory experience will allow the students to compare theoretical and computer predicted motions with measured motions in the wave/tow tank.

NAME 4177G Advanced Marine Vehicle Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Credit or registration in NAME 3150

A study of advanced marine vehicle design for high-speed transport; transport factor evaluation of high-speed craft, design of high multi-hull crafts, surface effect ships, hybrid vessels, and wing in ground craft. 3 units min/ 3 units max, Lecture

NAME 4723G Ocean and Coastal Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ENME 3720 or ENCE 3318 or consent of department

This is an introduction to basic wave theory and its application to coastal and ocean engineering. The emphasis of the course will be on coastal processes, however, deep water theory and applications will be included. A design project is required. Topics include: wave classification, linear gravity wave theory, wave transformations, wave prediction, sediment transport in the coastal zone, design of break waters, seawalls and groins, and forces of ocean and coastal structures. (NAME 4723, ENME 4723 and ENCE 4723 are cross-listed)

NAME 4728G Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ENME 3720

Classification of partial differential equations, mathematical description of fluid flow phenomena. Survey of various discretizaiton methods for the equations of fluid mechanics, including finite difference, finite volume and weighted residual methods. Basic algorithms for solving fluid mechanics problems. Introduction to grid generation. Application of existing CFD codes to practical engineering problems. (NAME 4728 and ENME 4728 are cross-listed)

NAME 6080 Systems Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Consent of department.

Introduction to the fundamentals of systems engineering. Presents a holistic approach to principles, methods, and tools for system engineering as applied to complex systems development. Systems engineering includes the analysis of complexity through decomposition and re-integration, the prediction of emergent properties, writing and providing traceability for requirements, methods for uncertainty and risk analysis as applied to cost and technology, and evolution of design and operations. Focuses on the conceptual phase of product definition, including technical, economic, market, environmental, regulatory, legal, manufacturing, and societal factors. Various standards, guides, and handbooks are applied to establish a basis for synthesis to a system domain.

NAME 6121 Marine Structural Vibrations (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3160 or consent of department

This course focuses on vibration of ship and offshore structures including linear, nonlinear, and random vibrations and dynamic problems (slamming). The problems of vibration of plates and shells of ship hulls are also considered.

NAME 6125 Advanced Offshore Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 4121 or consent of department

This course will continue the study of offshore engineering begun in the introductory course. This course will review unsteady hydrodynamics, linear water waves, Morrison’s equation approach to wave loading, and statistical description of ocean waves. Following will be a discussion of nonlinear water waves, diffraction and slowdrift forces. An advanced treatment of offshore platforms motions including the relative motion approach and numerical water wave diffraction and radiation methods. Also studied will be statistical prediction of short and long term extremes, reliability based design and viscous forces on cylinders. Additional topics as time permits.

NAME 6145 Parametric Hull Modeling and Shape Optimization (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3150, NAME 3160, NAME 4141 or instructor’s permission

Parametric modeling of curves and surfaces, mathematical description of hulls, parametric design of ship and offshore structure hulls; Basics of optimization, optimization algorithms, multi-objective optimization, optimization of hulls with respect to resistance, propulsion and seakeeping based on stochastic models.

NAME 6160 Numerical Methods in Hydrodynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 4160, CSCI 1201 or knowledge of computer programming

Numerical methods for the solution of governing equations in hydrodynamics. Use of numerical integration, finite difference methods, and use of viscous flow calculation software to calculate fluid pressure, force, and the flow field around geometric bodies and ship hulls.

NAME 6164 Advanced Ship/Offshore Platform Motions (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 4162 or consent of department

This course will continue the study of ship and platform motions begun in the introductory courses and address some additional advanced topics. These advanced topics will include: finite amplitude coupled ship motions in six-degrees of freedom described by Euler’s equations of motion and Euler angle kinematics; nonlinear ship rolling motion and capsizing; ship maneuvering and control including rudder design and controls fixed stability; time-domain representation of hydrodynamic forces; analysis and design of motion reducing devices; etc.

NAME 6166 Probabilistic Ship/Offshore Platform Dynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 4162 or consent of department

Wind generated water waves which occur in nature are random. This course will continue the discussion of a vessel’s response to a narrow banded random seaway begun in introductory courses and consider non-narrow banded and non-linear effects. Needed stochastic concepts such as ensemble averages, correlation functions, stationary and ergodic random processes, and power spectra are developed heuristically. Various spectral formulations will be considered. Short-term and long-term design in a given sea spectrum versus a family of spectra will be considered. Wave record analysis and generation will be discussed. Order statistics and their relation to extreme values will be studied. Recent developments in the field will also be considered.

NAME 6168 High Speed Hydrodynamics (Planing Hydrodynamics) (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 4160 and consent of the department

The principal contributions to the foundations of planing theory are reviewed to elucidate the driving physics of the planing hydrodynamics process and as a demonstration of the practical potential of Approaches to analysis of calm-water planing of general hard-chine hull forms. Planing boat sea keeping analysis is presented and applied to modern hull forms. Applications to catamarans, both calm water and seaway dynamics, is included via computational methods.

NAME 6175 Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ENCE 3356 (or NAME 3120), ENCE 4358 (or NAME 3120), ENCE 4340, or permission of department

Design of fixed offshore platform structures and their foundations; loadings, materials, design codes; design examples. (ENCE 6375 and NAME 6175 are cross-listed)

Special Courses

Special courses are usually not taught in a regular class room environment. Students select topics in collaboration with a faculty member and study independently. The courses are often taken if a student is involved in the faculty member's research project(s).

NAME 6093 Independent Study in Naval Architecture (6 credits)

Individual projects in selected fields of naval architecture. Independent work under the direction of a faculty member on a subject of mutual interest. A written report will be required. Course by be repeated for credit but no more than a total of six credit hours may be applied toward a degree. Section number will correspond with credit to be earned.

NAME 6097 Advanced Special Topics in Marine Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisites: consent of school

Special lecture on subjects of current interest in marine engineering. May be taken for credit three times. No student may earn more than nine hours of degree credit in courses Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 4096, 4097, 6097, 6098.

NAME 6098 Advanced Special Topics in Marine Engineering - (3 credits)
Prerequisites: consent of school

Special lecture on subjects of current interest in marine engineering. May be taken for credit three times. No student may earn more than nine hours of degree credit in courses Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 4096, 4097, 6097, 6098.