Ship Hydromechanics

Hydromechanics – that is, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics – is playing an increasingly important role in the design and operation of ships and other floating structures. The importance of hydromechanics is increasing as amongst others, ships and floating structure become more diverse in its design and operation, need to be more sustainable and safe while being exposed to more harsh environments as men seek and reach out to new offshore environments for exploration and pleasure (such as the artic region). With the ever increasing capabilities in numerical methods and development in understanding of hydromechanics, the recent trend is a more thoroughly analysis of a vessel and its propulsor behaviour in an early stage of design.

Hydromechanical theory

For the practicing hydrodynamicist, insight into the background of hydromechanical theory and the corresponding numerical methods used to generate practical data are indispensable. To understand applied hydromechanics, knowledge of and insight into the fundamental physics of ship-water and propulsor-water interactions are necessary.

Despite the recent developments in computational methods – contributing to better insight into the fluid behaviour and design performance – these methods are not sufficiently robust and accurate to capture all physics related to the complex interaction of the ship with the sea and the dynamics of the wave. Hence, model tests are considered viable to progress hydromechnical theories, serve to create validation data for numerical methods, or are applied as final design performance check. The unique facilities in Delft within the Ship Hydromechanic Laboratory serve this aspect very well, and are often used in teaching and graduation projects.

What you will learn

The Ship Hydromechanics specialisation aims to provide such knowledge and insights, assuming that students have obtained basic knowledge of ships and other floating structures and of the processes involved in their design, production and operation during the Bachelor's phase.

Graduation projects

For their master’s thesis projects, students may choose to work on in-house assignments related to the main research topics of the research group, supervised by members of the TU Delft staff and PhDs. In such cases, they will frequently make use of available research facilities (2 towing tanks and a cavitation tunnel). Another option is to make use of the research group’s extensive network and close relationships with national and international industrial concerns and research institutes.

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