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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0019 Ocean Engineering Fundamentals

FHEQ Level:
5 (Undergraduate Yr 2)
Term 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
ENGF0003 Mathematical Modelling & Analysis 1

Taught By

Dr Enrico Anderlini (Module Coordinator):
Enrico Anderlini

Module Overview

This module is a fundamental introduction to the challenges of engineering in the marine environment.  It introduces maritime structures and vehicles in the context of the global maritime industry.

The module provides an understanding of the analytical techniques underlying marine structural analysis, hydrostatics and stability, resistance and powering and directional stability.  It also provides an opportunity for students to evolve a design based on engineering calculations, then build and test it.

Over the module each student will develop the design for an autonomous marine vehicle (AMV), culminating in building the design from a supplied parts kit and testing its performance against analytical predictions.

Each week’s lectures will introduce a new design consideration (weight/space balance, structural strength, stability, powering, directional stability) along with suitable methods for analyzing that consideration in the context of the AMV design.

This module is the first of three of three for the Ocean Engineering Minor:

  • Module 1 (Y2) – Ocean Engineering Fundamentals
  • Module 2 (Y3) – Offshore & Coastal Engineering
  • Module 3 (Y3) – Maritime Design

Topics Covered

  • Uses of the sea. Taxonomy of ocean structures. Components of naval architecture. Flotation.
  • Anatomy of a ship. Weight and space balance. Marine industries. Still-water shear force and bending loads.
  • Wave loading. Ship as point-loaded beam. Hull girder.
  • Submersibles and submarines. Submarine configurations, structures, stability, propulsion, manoeuvring, sensors and weapons.
  • Hydrostatic stability. Metacentre. Stability of multihulls. Restoring moment.
  • Propulsion and typical configurations.
  • Manoeuvring and directional stability. Auxiliary systems

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the range of different types of ships and ocean structures, the principal differences between them and the reasons for those differences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the engineering challenges posed by operating in the marine environment.
  • Assess the strength of a simple marine structure against wave bending loads and hydrostatic loads.
  • Balance weight, buoyancy and volume in a marine vehicle design.
  • Assess the stability of a floating object and understand the effect on stability of changing various geometric parameters.
  • Predict the power/speed relationship for a floating or submerged body using regression series, and understand the range of other methods available.
  • Make trade-off decisions between directional stability, manoeuvrability and resistance when designing appendages.


Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials and practical laboratory classes (ROV build project)


This module is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination and coursework exercises.

For more information about assessment please contact

Ocean Engineering Minor: Integrated Engineering Programme

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