NAME Undergraduate Courses

The following tables give a short description of the required, elective and special courses taught by the faculty of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME). The degree requirements and credit hours listed reflect the current (newest) curriculum. Students currently enrolled may switch to the new requirements or grandfather in the catalog they started.

Required Courses

Undergraduate students have to obtain credit for all of the required courses before graduation. A grade of "C" or better has to be achieved in all prerequisites to 1000-level, 2000-level, and 3000-level NAME classes.

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NAME 1170 Introduction to Naval Architecture  (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Credit or registration in MATH 2107 or MATH 2111

An overview of the maritime industry, marine transportation systems, maritime organizations; types and purposes of commercial and naval ships, advanced marine vehicles and floating offshore structures; basics of ship building, operation, safety, maintenance and environmental protection; various disciplines of naval architecture; introduction to major ship systems.

NAME 1175 Naval Architecture Laboratory  (1 credit)
Prerequisites: MATH 2011 (or MATH 2107 and MATH 2108) and NAME 1170

Lines plan, general plan, construction drawings, 2D and 3D CAD applications, hull form and fairing, spreadsheets and programming to solve naval architecture problems in numerical integration, linear algebra and statistics.


NAME 2130 Introduction to Marine Engineering 
(3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 1175

Introduction to machinery and equipment on ships, including propulsion systems, electrical systems, auxiliary systems, and deck machinery. Inter-relationship of machinery to overall ship design; sizing and location of machinery spaces; governing rules and regulations. Machinery space arrangements. Introduction to ship's piping systems.


NAME 2151 Introduction to Marine Design and Construction  (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENME 1781, ENCE 2350, and MATH 2111

Basic concepts of marine hydrostatics, resistance and propulsion, power systems, and seaway dynamics.

NAME 2160 Form Calculations and Stability (3 credits)
Prerequisites: MATH 2112 and NAME 2151

Lines plan; static stability, hydrostatic curves, determination of areas, volumes, displacement; buoyancy of damaged vessels and stability, launching of ships, towing of offshore structures and their emplacement.

NAME 3120 Ship Hull Strength (4 credits)
Prerequisites: ENCE 2351, MATH 2115, MATH 2221, and NAME 2160

Longitudinal strength, simple beam theory, wave theory; weight, buoyancy, load, shearing force and bending moment curves; midship section modulus; composite hull girder; transverse strength; strain energy and moment distribution methods; torsional strength; torsion of thin-walled, open sections; torque distribution; torsional loads; the use of classification society rules in mid-ship section design.

NAME 3130 Marine Engineering I (Power Systems) (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ENME 3770 and NAME 3150

Marine diesel engines, gas turbines, their operating characteristics, performance and environmental limitations; main reduction gears, electric power generation and electric propulsion; engine-propeller matching, propeller characteristics, centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, cavitation, heat exchangers, valves, piping design, and auxiliary systems. Diesel engine selection for a given application and arrangement, determination of fuel requirements, development and sizing of a selected system for diesel engines.


NAME 3131 Marine Engines
  (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ENME 3770, NAME 2130, and NAME 3150

Review of marine engineering thermodynamics: First & Second Law, control volume analysis, thermodynamic cycles. Vapor and steam plants shipboard, marine steam turbines, Mollier diagram, superheat, reheat and regenerative cycles. Internal combustion engines (diesels, gas turbines) for marine power and propulsion: air-standard cycle analysis, regeneration, supercharging and cylinder torque balancing in piston engines, torsional vibrations. Fundamentals of marine engineering heat transfer and compressible flow as well as prime mover-propulsor matching.


NAME 3135 Marine Electromechanical Engineering 
(3 credits)
Prerequisites: ENEE 2500 and NAME 3131

Electromechanical energy conversion applied shipboard: Synchronous generators, induction motors, magnetic circuits and transformers, dc machines. Control engineering applied to marine systems: description of linear, time-invariant, single-input-single-output systems in the time and frequency domain, Bode plots; classical control design: root locus, pole placement; marine applications of servomechanisms, hydraulic and pneumatic actuators for steering gears, control surfaces and autopilot applications, rpm regulation and speed governors, generator load sharing etc.


NAME 3150 Ship Resistance and Propulsion (4 credits)

Prerequisites: ENME 3720, MATH 2115 and NAME 2160

Ship resistance; dimensional analysis and similitude; model testing, full scale prediction; propulsion systems; propellers and their interaction with the hull; cavitation; resistance and propulsion estimates. This class includes a
laboratory component.


NAME 3155 Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory 
(1 credit)
Prerequisites: NAME 3150 and credit or registration in NAME 31600

Marine model testing, review of laws of similitude, instrumentation and data processing, ITTC recommended procedures, resistance test; review of wave theory, generation of regular and irregular waves, seakeeping tests; error analysis.


NAME 3160 Offshore Structure and Ship Dynamics (4 credits)

Prerequisites:  MATH 2314, NAME 3120, and NAME 3150

Theory of ship and offshore structure motions in response to ocean waves, free vibration of single and multi degree of freedom systems; simple harmonic; general period, and random forced vibrations; transients; offshore structure oscillations; the dynamics of launching and platform assembly; hull and propeller vibrations maneuverability; and design applications. This course includes a laboratory component.


NAME 3171 Marine Design Methods (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3120 and NAME 3150

Design spiral; Definition of design convergence; Selection of principal dimensions, arrangement drawings, lines plan development, 3D-modeling, CAD-CAM; Requirements-driven design; Resistance and propulsion; Economical and environmental assessment; Design organization and project management; Weight estimate; Margin policy development; Space- versus weight-driven design.


NAME 4170 Marine Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ENGL 2152 and all required 3000-level NAME classes

Preliminary ship and offshore structures design to meet owner’s general, environmental, and economical requirements; principal dimensions, form, power requirements and stability; outfitting; structural design; preparation of preliminary design drawings.


NAME 4175 Marine Design Project (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 4170

Students form design teams and complete a preliminary design for a vessel or offshore structure type selected by the team. Design project requirements include market studies and mission statement, parametric studies, hull form development, resistance estimates, machinery and propulsor selection, structural design, stability analysis, general arrangement and outfitting, weight and construction cost estimate and preliminary design drawings. Teams give formal presentations to industry and faculty and submit a written design report.

Elective Courses

Undergraduate students have to select courses for a total of 12 credits as part of the degree requirements.

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NAME 4120 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 4121 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 4122 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 4130 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 4131 Reliability, Availability, and Maintenance (3 credits)
Prerequisites: MATH 2115

Review 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 4133 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 4136 Design of Marine Piping Systems (3 credits)
Prerequisites: NAME 3130

Piping system design process. Types of shipboard piping systems. Design guidance for particular systems. Ship's piping systems components - centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, valves, pipe sizes. Piping system drawings, piping pressure loss calculations and pump selection.


NAME 4141 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 4151 Small Craft Design (3 credit)
Prerequisites: NAME 3120 and NAME 3150

Motor and sailing yacht design, empirical methods for planning vessels, trim, lift and drag in planning; 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 4160 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 4162 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 4177 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 4723 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 4728 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)

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).

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NAME 3900 Senior Honors Thesis (up to 6 credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and consent of the director of the Honors Program and the chair of the school

Senior-level research and\or design project in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Thesis and oral examination required. May be repeated for credit with total hours not to exceed six.


NAME 4095 Special Topics in Marine Engineering (2 credits)
Prerequisites: Junior standing in engineering

May be taken for credit three times. No student may earn more than nine hours degree credit in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 4096 and 4097


NAME 4096 Special Topics in Naval Architecture (3 credits)
Prerequisites: g in engineering

May be taken for credit three times. No student may earn more than nine hours degree credit in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 4096 and 4097


NAME 4097 Special Topics in Marine Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisites: g in engineering

Courses may be taken for credit three times. No student may earn more than nine hours degree credit in NAME 4097