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SD2703 Marine Dynamics 8.0 credits

In this course the dynamic interaction between water and ships is studied in the two subtopics seakeeping and manoeuvrability. The course is building on and deepens your knowledge from previous courses in mechanics and mathematics, and offers training in approaching and solve complex engineering tasks and communicating technical analysis and results.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2703 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Experimental evaluation of a roll motion, course stability, and manoeuvrability in full scale during a visit on board a ship. Hydromechanic and probabilistic modelling of water waves. Analytical and numerical analysis of ships motions, seakeeping and manoeuvring. Project where each student evaluate and improve the seakeeping and manoeuvring characteristics for a certain ship.

Intended learning outcomes

The learning objectives are that you after finishing the course should be able to

  • explain how the dimensions, geometry and mass distribution of a ship influences its seakeeping and manoeuvrability characteristics,
  • experimentally evaluate a ships roll characteristics and manoeuvrability,
  • model water waves, hydrodynamically as well as probabilistically,
  • formulate and solve linear and non-linear equations of motions for a ship in a seaway and for manoeuvres in calm water,
  • use the equations of motions to analyse a ships course stability and manoeuvrability,
  • use the equations of motions and probabilistic wave theory to evaluate a ships seakeeping characteristics and operability in a seaway,
  • present technical work in writing, in line with standard requirements on content, disposition and language.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Base programme T, M, P, F or equivalent.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Project home work (ÖVN1).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web SD2703

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Karl Garme ( tel. 0703-971717

Supplementary information

Usual examiner is Jakob Kuttenkeuler.