SD2706 Sailing for Performance 6.0 credits
Segling för prestanda
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)
Subject areaMechanical Engineering
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsAutumn 13 P1 (6.0 credits)
End date2013 week: 44
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures
Number of exercises
Form of studyNormal
Number of places *1 - 40
*) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleJakob Kuttenkeuler
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Part of programme
Various kinds of wind powered ships has been used for ages but in modern times sailing has been mostly reserved for recreational purposes in leisure boats. Recently however, wind assisted propulsion has become increasingly addressed for commercial purposes as a result of the need for renewable power in times of environmental awareness. New concepts are investigated and will likely be commercially implemented within short. The course addresses the mechanics of sailing in general applicable to all kinds of sailing vessels. The basic forces, moments and equilibriums are investigated and exploited to determine the performance of the vessel in various conditions.
After the course the student shall:
- know and be able to describe the fundamental concept of sailing
- be able to model the basic force/moment equilibriums of sailing
- be able to describe the various sources of drag of a hull
- be able to describe the behaviour of lifting foils
- implement the mechanical model and solve the equilibrium equations of a sailboat in a velocity prediction program (VPP)
- optimize the performance of a sailboat given a set of suitable constraints
- describe methods of deterministic weather routing, e.g. by dynamic programming
- know and be able to declare the characteristics, benefits and draw backs of different kinds of hulls
- know of state-of-the-art methods for VPP in yacht design
- be able to perform a rig design
Course main content
The course consists of theory, implementation of theory, exploration of the theory through evaluation, optimization of performance and decision making based on calculations. The theory is presented in a course binder and scientific papers. Lectures are used to discuss the theory, content of the papers and to assist in conceptual understanding. The models are implemented in computer code for effective evaluation of various sailboat designs. The implementation is then used in combination with external rules for iterative analysis for optimization of performance. Some guest lectures from experts in the field are planned.
The course is aimed at students in the first or second year at a Masters program in engineering. Bachelor of engineering with working knowledge in Matlab, mechanics, algebra and calculus is required.
Litterature will be handed out during the course.
- RAPP - Report, 6.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
Final project with report and oral presentation.
SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering
Jakob Kuttenkeuler , email@example.com, tel. 070-346 4240
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Spring 11.