Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on NAUTICAL AND AERONAUTICAL SCIENCES
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First Semester
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Course description

The educational objectives of the course are related to the correct knowledge of the main typologies of ship constructions, with reference to ship classification, rules, materials, connections, structural details and fabrication techniques. The skill of classifying the ship structures and the knowledge of several topics related to ship stability during launching, beaching and grounding represent, further educational objectives of the course. Finally, it is expected that students are capable of reading the ship structural drawings, by the analysis of several schemes of existing ships carried out during the course.

Knowledge and understanding: Students shall prove to know the main topics related to ship technology and construction, with reference to ship typologies, fabrication techniques, connections, materials and classification, as well as the resolution of several practical issues connected to ship management during launching, beaching and some unexpected circumstances, such as grounding events. Finally, students shall be capable of determining the section modulus of some basic sections.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: Students shall prove to apply the acquired topics and theoretical proficiencies, required to correctly read the ship structural drawings, with main reference to the ordinary and reinforced transverse sections, and the watertight transverse bulkheads. Besides, students shall be capable of correctly determining the section modulus of ordinary stiffeners with attached plating.

Judgment autonomy: Students shall autonomously evaluate and classify the main ship typologies, the applied materials, by correctly reading and understanding relevant structural drawings and schemes.

Communicative Skills: Students shall acquire the skill of reading the section schemes of main structural elements of ships, also with reference to the applied materials and the most suitable welding techniques.

Learning Skills: Students shall be capable of continuously update their skills, by reading books, articles and rules (mainly in English), in order to acquire a good capacity of enhancing the own knowledge in the field of ship technology and construction.


Even if not mandatory, it is suggested to have passed the exams of Matematica I, Fisica I and Architettura e Statica della Nave.


-Basics of ship classification and rules: displacement type, navigation extent, propeller systems and service. Main ship materials: wood, steels and light alloys.
-Ship equilibrium and stability during launching, beaching and grounding.
-Fiber reinforced ships: fibers and matrices, fabrication techniques. Steel structures: main structural systems, bending stress, section modulus of a stiffener with attached plating.
-Main ship structural elelemtns: botto, side and deck structures, watertight bulkheads. Main structural tupologies: roll-on/roll-of ships, containerships, bulk carriers, oil tankers. Analysis of the transverse sections of a 35000DWT bulk carrier.
-Shipyards: preparation and production of laminates, pre-fabrication techniques, lifting appliances. Welded connections: classification of welding processes.
-Basics about the main onboard plants (bilge/fire-fighting/Marpol)

The course furnishes the basic elements concerning the classification and main ship typologies, the hull materials with particular reference to steel and light alloy, the main ship construction typologies and loads acting on the hull girder, as well as the most commonly applied welding techniques.

Teaching Methods

Frontal lessons, discussion of case studies, reading of the main national and international rules


The teaching material (lecture notes in pdf format) is provided during the course.

Learning assessment

The exam consists of verifying the achievement of the previously defined educational goals, by an oral examination during which students shall solve a numerical application and discuss several structural drawings of existing ships, to evaluate the autonomous capacity of reading and comprehension.

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