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					MSc Degree in Marine Technology Programme in Marine Structures

The programme in Marine Structures is designed to develop skills and competence especially in structural mechanics and hydrodynamics at international masters level.This will be suitable for an engineering or research career in • Ship technology. Advanced knowledge is a necessity to develop new, costeffective ship design, based on design by first principles • Offshore technology and marine operations. Deepwater applications. Design of floating platforms, risers and pipeline systems • Other marine technologies, such as development of fish farms, floating bridges and airports, and devices for generating energy from waves, current or the wind In the last part of the programme students can specilize in • Structural mechanics • Hydrodynamics It is also possible to choose a topic for the project and the masters thesis where knowledge in both of those disciplines is combined to solve a problem.

The MSc programme provides the insight needed to solve structural and hydrodynamical problems in the above areas. After completing the programme, graduate engineers should be in a position to: • calculate wave-induced loads, and motions and loads on all types of fixed and floating structures • calculate load effects on ships and platforms, i.e., stresses, deformations and vibrations in structures • calculate ultimate collapse strength as well as fatigue damage and fracture capacity of structural components in ships and offshore platforms • evaluate and assess different structural designs in the view of functional and safety requirements • understand how marine operations are executed and how motions, loads and the regularity of operations can be calculated • determine resistance, propulsion and the seakeeping characteristics of ships and high-speed vessels

Outline of researsch activities

There are many challenging and interesting topics for MSc theses and possible future PhD studies in this area. The staff in this programme are engaged in a variety of research projects, related to high-speed vessels, offshore structures, risers, pipelines and other marine structures as well as aquacultural plants, wave energy devices and other marine structures for the future. This research addresses: • wave-induced motions and loads of marine structures • marine operations

• stochastic, dynamic analysis of wave-induced responses • ultimate and fatigue strength of steel and aluminium structures • risk and reliability analysis Most of the research activities are carried out in close cooperation with the research institute MARINTEK and relevant industries in Norway and abroad. Currently about 30 doctoral students are working in the research activities outlined above.

Centre of Excellence in Ship and Ocean Structures

It may also be mentioned that the academic staff who you will meet in the Marine Structures MSc programme are the key personnel behind the Centre of Excellence in Ships and Ocean Structures, which was opened in the Marine Technology Centre in November 2002. The Centre has a research budget of about NOK 30 million a year.

The goal is to create a leading, international centre for basic research in the behaviour of marine structures. This goal will be achieved by integrating theoretical and experimental research in hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and automatic control. This centre will constitute a basis for innovative design and operation of ships, platforms and fish farms in the future.

Description of the programme

The complete list of subjects is on the next page. The programme starts with three compulsory basic courses: Marine Structures, Marine Dynamics and Marine Hydrodynamics. These subjects are offered in the summer, from May to August. Students with backgrounds related to marine technology may obtain partial exemption from this first semester. The autumn semester, starting in August, includes three compulsory subjects, in Applied Mathematics and Computer Methods, Finite Element Methods and Sealoads. In addition comes an elective subject in Fatigue and Fracture or Stochastic Theory of Sealoads.

In the spring semester there are three electives, related to • structural analysis • hydrodynamical analysis. A compulsory project must also be carried out in one of these two specialization areas. The project work should serve as preparation for the work with the masters thesis. The thesis is carried out in the next autumn semester. The thesis is to be submitted in February the following year. So the last semester is longer than semesters 2 and 3 and a related subject of 7.5 Cr, should therefore be taken concurrently with the thesis.

Laboratory facilities

Large-scale testing of girders in the Marine Structures Laboratory

with an accuracy of ± 3 mm, and can handle 120 channels simultaneously. Three towing tanks No.1(LxBxD) 178x10.5x5.5 m No.2 (LxBxD) 30x2x1.0 m No.3 (LxBxD) 82x10.5x10 m No.1 + No. 3 (LxBxD) 260x10.5x.5.5 (and 10) m The Marine Structures Laboratory The Marine Structures Laboratory is equipped for the testing of structures, structural components and materials. Typical problems involve fatigue testing, ultimate strength and collapse testing, testing for serviceability, and advanced materials testing.

Our laboratory facilities are internationally renowned: Ocean Basin Laboratory LxBxD: 80x50x10 m, including waves in two directions, current and wind. The laboratory makes use of the computer controlled real-time optical-based position monitoring system wich can trace movement at a distance of 30 metres

Muthu Chezhian graduated at the Department of Marine Technology in 1995 with a masters thesis on the "Water entry of three dimensional bodies". He has been working with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Mumbai from 1995. He started out as a ship surveyor trainee and continued as ship surveyor for new building projects and ships in operation, performing classification and statutory surveys. Currently, he works with the Department of Deepwater Technology of DNV, Høvik and serves as a project manager and project engineer for projects relating to risers, mooring and offshore pipelines.The activities encompass various aspects of marine hydrodynamics. Haibo Chen graduated at the Department of Marine Technology in 1999 with masters thesis on “Safety of FPSO relating to turret operations”. He is employed as a PhD student at the Department of Marine Technology. He has been working on the risk analysis of Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessels. The challenging and interesting research work has been in cooperation with FPSO and shuttle tanker operators, technical system designer, training institutions, and offshore safety specialists in the North Sea. Abuu Khalifa Mohammed graduated at the Department of Marine Technology with a masters thesis on "Nonlinear pushover analysis in reassessment of jacket structures". Then, he started as a PhD student and was later employed as a research fellow at the same department. He worked in a project on ship collision and grounding and obtained his doctorate in 2001 after defending his thesis on "Nonlinear shell finite elements for ultimate strength and collapse analysis of ship structures". Since then, Abuu has worked as a specialist engineer at Aker Technology AS and Aker Kvaerner Engineering AS where he is currently employed. Among other things, his work involves detail finite element analysis (and design) of offshore platforms.

Model test in the towing tank


This programme started in 1993. Since then a total of 49 MSc degrees have been awarded. The graduates have acquired jobs especially in shipping and the offshore petroleum industry in varies types of companies, such as: • • • • • • Consulting companies Engineering companies Classification companies Oil companies Shipowners Research institutions

The degree forms an excellent technological basis for the development of new businesses in fish farming, wave energy devices, floating plants and other innovations.

Subjects in the Programme in Marine Structures
Ex Subject title Note Autumn F Ø S Spring Credits Grade F Ø S

Compulsory subjects: 1a Marine Structures, Basic Course 1a MSN1082 Marine Dynamics, Basic Course 1a MSN1570 Marine Hydrodynamics, Basic Course Weighting compulsory courses Compulsory subjects: Applied Mathematics and Computer Methods in Petroleum Finite Element Methods in Structural Analysis Sea Loads Weighting compulsory courses Optional subjects: Fatigue and Fracture of Marine Structures Stochastic Theory of Sealoads Buckling/Collapse of Marine Structures in Steel/Alumin. Design of Offshore Structures Marine Structures, Project Naval Hydrodynamics Marine Operations Oceanography Marine Hydrodynamics, Project Specialization Subject in Marine Structures Specialization Subject in Marine Hydrodynamics Masters Thesis

3 6 3 3 6 3 4 6 2 10 18 8

7.5 7.5 7.5 22.5


2h 2h 2h


2 8 2 3 6 3 3 6 3 8 20 8

7.5 7.5 7.5 22.5


2h 2h 2v 2v 2v 2v 2v 2v 2v 3h 3h 3h

2 2 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 5 5

3 3

6 3 6 3 3 6 3 6 12 3 6 3 6 3 6 12 3 3 3 3 3

4 4 4 4 4 4

7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 30


The programme may be subject to change Grade This box shows the basis for determining the grade: TE – Grade/Exam TØ – Grade/Exercises , TEØ – Grade/Exam with exercises BE – Passed - failed/ Exam BØ – Passed - failed/ Exercises Weekly hours in summer, autumn and spring semesters The boxes provide information about the weekly number of lectures each semester in each subject. These weekly hours are divided into: F: Lecture hours per week Ø: Exercise hours S: Additional hours with self study Ex 1a = Semester 1, Exam August Ex 2h = Semester 2, Exam Autumn Ex 2v = Semester 3, Exam Spring Ex 3h = Semester 4, Exam Autumn, the MSc thesis is to be submitted in February 2005

Semester 1 May-July 2003 Semesters 2 and 3 Autumn 2003 and Spring 2004 Semester 4 Autumn 2004 to February 2005 Notes 1. Exercises with examples from marine technology, topics 2. Select 1 of the subjects 3. Select 3 of the subjects 4. Select 1 of the subjects 5. Select 1 of the subjects, so that the total weighting of the programme contains 120 credits Credits The credits give the weighting of each subject in the degree programme in ECTS.

NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology Department of Marine Technology

NO - 7491 Trondheim - Norway Phone: + 47 73 59 55 01 Fax: + 47 73 59 56 97 e-mail: Internet:

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