Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on NAVIGATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES
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First Semester
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Course description

Educational objectives: they are mainly 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 skills of classifying the ship structures and reading the ship structural drawings, by the analysis of several schemes of existing ships carried out during the course, are additional objectives of 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. Finally, students shall be capable of determining the section modulus of some basic sections, in order to assess the bending strength.

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.


It is required to have learnt the basic elements of maths.


Classification depending on displacement type, navigation extent, propeller typology and service. Analysis of typical cross-sections of bulk carriers, oil tankers, containerships, ro-ro/pax ships and chemical tankers.

Classification of hull steels: yielding strength and grades. Tensile test for ductile materials. Charpy test. Classification of light alloys. Composite materials embodied in the shipbuilding sector. Pre-fabrication techniques. Glass content. Electric arc and TIG/MIG/MAG weldings. Welded joints and preliminary operations.

Basic elements of steel hulls: bottom, side and deck structures. Typical hull girder cross-sections having transverse, longitudinal and mixed layout. The hull girder bending moment. The Navier formula. Section modulus of typical hull stiffeners. Section modulus of the hull girder cross-section. Detailed analysis of a 35000 DWT bulk carrier. Basics of corrosion wastage. Renewal criteria of corroded structures.

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. The course is subdivided into three parts:

Further details about the acquired competencies are furnished in the extended version of the programme.

Teaching Methods

Frontal lessons.


-A. Campanile, Tecnologia delle costruzioni navali
-Normative tecniche di settore in lingua inglese;
-Presentazioni delle singole lezioni svolte.

Learning assessment

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

More information

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