Ship Manoeuvring

Prof. Adrian LUNGU

Code = EMSHIP S3-1 (Semester 3)

Workload: 60 h lecture, lab

Number of credits: 5



The objective is to provide the specific knowledge in the ship hydrodynamics, focusing on the manoeuvrability, a subject that is not covered by the other courses. The course will approach not only the theoretical aspects related to the complex phenomena that occur, but also on practical and experimental issues. Basically, the classes will cover the following main topics:

a)Fundamentals of manoeuvring theory.

b)Experimental approaches.




Introduction in Manoeuvring
Simulation of manoeuvring with known coefficients 
Force coefficients
Physical explanation and force estimation 
Influence of heel 
Shallow water and other influences 
Jet thrusters 
Experimental approaches 
Manoeuvring tests for full-scale ships in sea trials
Model tests
Fundamental hydrodynamic aspects of rudders 
Rudder classifications 
Interaction between rudder and propeller 
Interaction between rudder and ship hull
Rudder cavitation 

Recommended reading (list of references relevant to the course topics, textbooks, conference proceedings)


1.Bertram, V., Practical Ship Hydrodynamics, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, 2000

2.Schneekluth, H., Bertram, V., Ship Design for Efficiency and Economy, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, 1998.

3.Kuiper G., Resistance and Propulsion of Ships, Technical University Delft, 1991

4.Janson, C. E. (1996). Potential flow panel methods for the calculation of free surface flows with lift. PhD Thesis, Chalmers University of Technology

5.Muzaferija, S. and Peric, M. (1998). Computation of free-surface flows using interface-tracking and interface-capturing methods. Nonlinear Water Wave Interaction, Advances in Fluid Mechanics, Comp. Mech. Publ

6.Nakos, D. (1990). Ship wave patterns and motions by a three-dimensional Rankine panel method. Ph.D. thesis, MIT

7.Nakos, D. and Sclavounos, P. (1990). Steady and unsteady wave patterns. J. Fluid Mechanics 215, pp. 256–288

8.Newman, J. N. (1977). Marine hydrodynamics. MIT Press



The lecture “Ship Manoeuvrability” (5 Credits) is an advanced and complementary design oriented course in the ship hydrodynamics, focusing mainly on the manoeuvrability. It follows the preparation in advanced ship hydrodynamics provided by the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, therefore the following lectures have to be passed successfully:

    • Water Wave and Sea State Models for Ship Design
    • Seakeeping: Theory & Numerical Modelling
    • CFD for Ship Hydrodynamics
    • Experimental Ship Hydrodynamics (5 ECTS)


Form of exams:

Written exam (3 hours) , oral (1 hour)