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SD2726 Modelling ship’s propulsion and manoeuvring 6.0 credits

The course is about simulation of ship’s motion in calm water. It includes modelling of propeller forces, hydrodynamic hull forces and rudder forces and their balance with ship inertia.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2726 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Lectures and seminars introducing basic ship hydromechanics, linear theory on ship manoeuvrability, blade element theory, strategies and methods for combining first principles mechanics and mathematical models into a numerical simulation structure. Hands on development of a ship motion simulation code including coding sub-models for propulsion and steering. Experimental validation and hands on experiments and evaluation on ship manoeuvrability with respect to international standards.

Intended learning outcomes

This course gives a hands on introduction to a first principle approach for mechanical modelling in the applied context of ship´s propulsion and manoeuvring. The objective is that students after finishing the course shall be able to:

  • demonstrate methodological knowledge and understanding in ship hydromechanics, propulsion and manoeuvring;
  • model ship’s propelled motion in calm water based on first principles mechanics and simulating the ship’s manoeuvring characteristics;
  • evaluate ship´s manoeuvrability numerically as well as experimentally with respect to international safety standards;
  • present and discuss engineering conclusions, the theoretical knowledge and arguments behind them, orally and in writing;
  • describe performance, safety environmental and economical aspects in the context of propulsion and manoeuvrability;
  • reflect on the topic, the course content and the course design in relation to societal norms and equality.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed degree project on Bachelor level with major in technology.

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 - Oral exam, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Excercises, 4.0 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.

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

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Course web SD2726

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Abbas Dashtimanesh