Fundamentals of the Analysis of Marine Structures

Category Content
Subtitle MSF 3 096
Module denotation
Grundlagen der Berechnung maritimer Strukturen
Credit points and
amount of work
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology
Chair of Ship Structures
Contact Employees at Chair of Ship Structures
Language German
Admission restriction Non
Module level Master
Mandatory participation restriction Non
Recommended participation restriction Engineering Mechanics, Mathematics, Basics of Offshore and Ship Structures
Assignment (Curricula) M.Sc. Ship and Offshore Engineering
Relationship to other professional modules Recommended participation restriction for „Finite Element Method for the Analysis of Marine Structures“ and “Selected Topics of the Analysis of Marine Structures”
Duration of module 1 Semester
Term of module Every winter semester
Educational objectives (expertise) Students will be able to determine the strength of marine structures. The strength assessment is a basic ingredient for a save and economic design of structural systems. In the beginning of the module the fundamentals of engineering mechanics to describe boundary value problems by differential equations in context of maritime applications will be given. Furthermore, the fundamentals of the Finite Element Method (FEM) will be introduced to solve mathematical models of physical problems in engineering analysis and maritime structural design. The main goal is to provide a basic knowledge of the FEM and the corresponding background, that students are able to perform linear structural analyses and to obtain a critical evaluation of the numerical results. The FEM is an essential numerical method for structural analyses and for many other engineering applications.

Content 1. Theory of Linear Elasticity
2. Kirchhoff Plate Bending Theory
3. Torsion of Thin Walled Structures
4. Energy Methods and Variational Principles
5. Direct Stiffness Method
6. Analysis of Grillages
7. Fundamentals of Finite Element Method (FEM)
8. Modal Analysis
Literature - Lecture Notes
- S. Timoshenko and J.N. Goodier, Theory of Elasticity (3rd Edition), McGraw-Hill, 1970
- K.-J. Bathe, Finite Element Procedures, Prentice Hall, 2007
- O.C. Zienkiewicz, R.L. Taylor, The Finite Element Method, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005
Lecture hours per week per semester (SWS) Lecture 2 SWS
Seminar 2 SWS

Total 4 SWS

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Lecture 1 Lecture / Fundamentals of the Analysis of Marine Structures
Lecture 2 Seminar / Fundamentals of the Analysis of Marine Structures
Learning Study of subject related literature, Exercises, Recapitulation of lecture notes
Amount of work for students Attendence 42 hrs.
Preparation for lecture notes and seminars 28 hrs.
Recapitulation of lecture notes 59 hrs.
Exercises 21 hrs.
Preparation for exam 30 hrs.
Total 180 hrs.

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Prerequisites for exam Exercises for exam
Examination/Requirement for successful termination of the module (type and duration) Oral exam (30 Minutes)
Appointment for exam Appointment for exam as given by specific study and examination regulations.
Assessment of exam Assessment of exam as given by specific study and examination regulations.

Notes Non
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