Naval Architecture


The present volume is making one of the parts of the famous Reed’s series of book. The intention of the author is to provide a comprehensive professional coverage of the theoretical knowledge related to the naval architecture the one particularly required by the marine engineers.

The arrangement of the material contained in the book is very helpful to the reader – the author starts with the very elementary information and then step by step goes deeper. Throughout the content of the publication, the main emphasis is placed onto the essential theoretical principles.

The text is supplemented by the numerous illustrations of a very informative character, and such approach makes understanding much easier. We may assure you that all engineers who work systematically with this book will eventually find the time spent on the learning amply fully and adequately repaid since they will have a good understanding of all principles of the naval architecture and be able to apply their knowledge when handling their day to day operations.

The book definitely deserves attention of all marine engineers since the author concentrates on the maters specifically chosen to suit their needs with no excessive information.

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A truly timeless textbook on naval architecture providing all interested people, and not necessarily professionals. with a required introduction to this interesting discipline - in fact, the way in which the material has been presented in this book makes it ideal even to the newcomers having limited knowledge of this subject.

Eric Tupper, the author of this brilliant and world popular title, made a remarkable attempt to make a book equally useful to all categories of readers, giving them a very clear yet quite concise introduction. We all understand that the basic characteristics of the design and the way they impact the behavior of the ship at sea are of critical importance to the people.

Of course, the practicing naval engineers must have a very deep and thorough understanding of all technical principles involves; however, the pro's supporting naval architects in design and production of the ships will also need some good grasp of the fundamentals.

Marine engineers should recognize the exact degree to which their everyday working activities are influenced and bounded by the basic principles of naval architecture. The present publication covers the basic of the naval architecture and will therefore present a great practical interest to students and specialists in the fields of ship construction and marine engineering. 

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We could all witness the significant progress which took place in the technology of the hydrodynamic modeling and also systems controlling the motion of the marine crafts. The present survey is aimed to include the latest instruments to be used for the design and analysis of the advanced systems of guidance, navigation and also control.

Thor Fossen, the author of this title, has presented lost of valuable materials on both surface and underwater vehicles. Each of the chapters contains the real life case studies and applications providing readers with a very good practical understanding of the design of various control systems.

Among the key features of the present volume we would note a three-part structure that covers the modeling of marine crafts, navigation, guidance and control systems, and finally the appendices - such approach provides all supporting theoretical information in a single volume; we would also mark a coverage of the contemporary methods for the feedback control, numerical methods, and linear/non-linear stability theory, guidance systems, Kalman filtering, navigation systems and so many others. The readers who have already tried this book also mention the matrix mathematics used to build to the comprehensive solutions. In short, one of the best handbooks addressing the subject.

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The author of this publication has successfully adopted a practical approach and has presented all recent researches and also different practical applications in the real-life design and operation of the submarines. The list of topics covered within this volume is including the hydrostatics and maneuvering of the submarines, and their resistance and propulsion problems.

The author has conducted a brief review of the fundamental technical concepts in ship hydrodynamics and then proceeded to the demonstration of how exactly subject concepts could be applied to the submarines, covering the use of the physical model experiments. He has also clearly explained all issues commonly associated with the maneuvering of the submarine in the vertical/horizontal planes allowing readers to discover the suggested stability criteria, together with the effectiveness of the rudder and also hydroplane.

The publication also is including a separate section covering the design of the hull appendages including all technical info relating to the sail design and arrangement of the bow planes plus alternative configurations of the stern part of the submarine. Among the other topics that have been addressed in this volume we would mention the hydro-acoustic performance, different resistance components and hull shape effect. The content reflects a great experience of the author in this field of submarine design.

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All intended readers will definitely find that the present volume is not a sort of books with glossy images of fabulous and glamorous yachts. It is much more scientific and sober than those titles. The main objective of the compilers of the present training course was to provide all interested readers, and yachtsmen in particular with the racing ambitions with a good technical background of the mechanics of sailing, including both hydro- and aeromechanics.

The original intention of the author of the volume was to present all materials in a way that could be justifiable from his own background, while all efforts have been made to keep the content easily accessible for the people without actual academic schooling. The book starts with a list of used notations and symbols followed by the introductory chapter.

Then the main content of the publication comes arranged in several sections covering the geometry of the sailing yacht and mass properties, basic mechanics and fundamental elements of the fluid mechanics, forces acting above the surface of the water, i.e. aerodynamics, and forces acting under the water, i.e. hydrodynamics, sailing hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, retrospection. Several appendices are there at the end of the volume providing some valuable additional information on mathematical notions, Kelvin ship waves, and other important aspects.

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The content of this volume is mainly based on the results obtained in the course of the international Workshop which took place in Berlin and dedicated to creating of the shapes in both naval and civil architecture. The authors of the paper are presenting the very final version of the fourteen articles that have been presented at that time together with four relevant appendices.

Subject workshop was intentionally held to lay the certain basics in a comparative study of the history of technical knowledge in two above mentioned disciplines. We know that the naval architecture is treating the conception, design and subsequent realization for the maritime structures. The subject of creating shapes was considered a focal interest point for the comparisons carried out between two above mentioned disciplines due to the important role it plays in development of the objects.

The discussions and presentations that took place during that workshop and then included in this volume in the form of results are following such objectives as collection and documenting of the sources of shape creating-related knowledge, classification of the procedural and practical knowledge, enumeration of the important milestones, placing priorities related to the design and construction of the objects, relevant historical changes, comparison of different styles and methodologies of shape design, terminology, real life case studies etc.

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One of the most serious problems of contemporary naval architecture is the correct prediction of the resistance of the newly developed designs at the earlier stages of the project. At the time of the ordering of the new vessel, a contract that contains the technical specification is signed between the yard and the future ship owner. Among the most important specifications is the contract speed of the ship, i.e. the speed attained to the particular power consumption during the sea trials carried out straight after the delivery.

Subject trials are supposed to be carried out under the ideal weather conditions. However, in the real life numerous corrections have to be made to the influence of the various environmental factors. In case corrected speed of the vessel appears to be lower than the one specified in the contract, the shipyard will have to pay a penalty to the ship owner, and this penalty will mainly depend on the difference noted between the contract speed and the speed achieved during the trials.

And, should this difference be too large, ship owner may even refuse to accept the newly built ship. This volume covers all aspects of the ship resistance and flow, including the governing equations, resistance decomposition, types and proof of similarity, flow around the ship hull. experimental prediction of the hull resistance and its numerical prediction and others. 

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A new, revised edition of the book; it's content is based on the revised content of the original edition subjected to serious revision to correct the existing errors and also to update the text part. It comes quite clear from the thorough review of the established international/national practices of stability regulation that the development of the associated standards has been initially commenced by the leading experts working in the field of naval architecture.

The ultimate objection of setting up the technical standards that pertain to the stability of the vessels was to ensure the safe operation of the vessels and eliminate the possibility of their capsizing. The materials presented in this volume are arranged in two big parts addressing the probabilistic approach to the ship stability and also risk assessment and dynamics of ship's capsizing.

While the first part of the volume is mainly dedicated to the philosophy of the probabilistic evaluation of ship stability/safety plus of the loading and environmental conditions, its second part covers the equations for the non-linear motions of the ship, capsizing of the vessels in regular beam, quartering and following seas, different factors commonly affecting capsizing, motions in irregular seas, capsizing probability and other aspects. The appendix at the end of this volume has been fully dedicated to the Nechaev method.

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