Naval Architecture


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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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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One of the classic and rare books on naval architecture. The original edition of the volume was published back in 1877, the content of that one grew out of series of excellent lectures read at the RNC, i.e. Royal Naval College. The book was prepared and presented in popular language to make the content accessible to the beginners. The mathematics used throughout the book is of simplest character.

The explanations of the terminology and fundamental mechanical properties have been provided. The author of the manual avoided going too deep into theory and such approach allowed the material be understandable to everyone. The book is divided in to several chapters covering literally all important aspects of naval architecture, starting from the displacement and buoyancy of the vessels, tonnage including early and modern measurement systems, relevant tonnage legislation and rules such as Corinthian, American, Suez Canal, Danube and others.

The ship stability is addressed in detail together with oscillation of the hull in still water and among waves. The strains commonly experienced by vessels and methods of observing pitching/rolling motions, strength of the ships and structural arrangements are also covered. Particular attention is paid to the materials used for ship construction including steel, iron and wood, hull resistance, sail and steam propulsion, steering and many other topics.

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A good and useful practical publication providing readers with the tips on proper draft surveys including trimming calculations and other matters. The volume has been arranged in six separate chapters each of them covering one particular issue related to the draft surveys of the ships. The book opens with the chapter addressing the six-sided draft - it will give readers some basic introduction to the subject.

The second chapter is dealing with the process of draft surveying in general. The remaining chapters of this publication address the trimming, hogging and sagging of the ship's hull, controlling the drafts of the vessel, and maximum drafts. Though the publication is quite compact and the author does not go too deep in the theory of the process, it covers the most important aspects and mainly concerns with the practical application of the theoretical information.

That is the reason why we can recommend this volume not only to the students of naval architecture and relevant disciplines but also to the practicing specialists such as the marine surveyors, naval architects, and all others - all of them will definitely find the content of the publication useful for their day to day work.

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This is one of the oldest publication on naval architecture. Published a century ago, it was originally intended for use by the beginners. The chapters of the volume are covering all important aspects of naval architecture. Though released so many years ago, the book is still very useful and practical for the students since the theoretical information contained in its pages retained its topicality.

In the opening chapter of the book the author introduces readers to the main definitions used in the naval architecture, such as the floating bod and displacement, as well as the basic calculations. The second chapter is devoted to the Sterling's Rules, while the third one deals with the method of applying these Rules... The list of chapter titles and topics covered therein is quite long, but in short we may say that the author managed to embrace absolutely all areas of naval architecture science that shall the future naval architects shall be aware of as necessary.

That is why and based on the numerous positive feedbacks received from all parts of the world, we would definitely find it reasonable to recommend this classic publication to every single student of marine related disciplines willing to get a good understanding of the fundamental principles of naval architecture, ship design and construction.

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