Track, Lightweight Structures (MRSA)

Marine vessels are in general lightweight structures built as stiffened shells in hierarchical arrangement. The dominating material in shipbuilding is still conventional steel but it is likely that the use of composite materials will increase, for example to decrease weight and thereby increase the ships energy efficiency. Internationally leading research is conducted at KTH Lightweight Structures which has supported the Swedish industry to apply fibre reinforced composite and sandwich material concepts in large vessels. A significant example is the 70 metre all carbon fibre Visby class corvette. Students studying naval architecture at KTH have the opportunity to combine fundamental principles of naval architecture with knowledge about modern materials and related design principles and manufacturing methods.

Contact person for the profile Lightweight Structures is Dan Zenkert, danz@kth.se, 08-7906435.

Track, Fluid Mechanics (MRSB)

Since ships and other naval systems operate in water a good understanding of fluid dynamics is crucial for any naval architect when studying e.g. seakeeping, resistance, propulsion and appendages. This profile is intended to give fundamental understanding as well as working skills in uncompressible fluid mechanics which is the basis for the flow around naval systems. In the courses, the governing set of partial differential equations, the Navier-Stokes equations, are derived, dissected, simplified and solved. The characteristics of boundary layers are investigated. The profile also includes modules concerning modern computational tools (CFD) for solving for the flow patterns in more complex situations. The fundamental mathematical principles of CFD is covered as well as hands-on projects where modelling and solving of real problems are done.

Contact person for the profile Fluid Mechanics is Erik Lindborg, erikl@mech.kth.se, 08-7906801.

Track, Sound and Vibrations (MRSC)

Issues related to sound and vibrations are numerous in ship design. For example in passenger ships, both acoustic and vibration criteria are increasingly important as demands for comfort increases. There are many sources of vibration in ships. The major sources are the engine and fluctuating pressure pulses and cavitation from the propeller which hits the hull. Many other systems and appliances also cause sound and vibration such as ventilation installations, external waves hitting the ship and various pumps. The profile in Sound & Vibration treats the topic from many aspects ranging from analytical understanding of the phenomena, numerical methods of modelling and solving complex dynamic problems as well as experimental investigations by modal analysis. An engineer with this profile will be able to work with both details regarding generation as well as propagation and reduction of sound and vibration in complex structures.

Contact person for the profile Sound & Vibration is Hans Bodén, hansbod@kth.se, 08-7904962.

Track, Management (MRSD)

As an Engineer in the Naval Architecture field, your work will not only include purely technical activities. It is also important to understand the way businesses are made and the way the industry changes. Managerial issues will almost always be intertwined with the technical tasks that you have to face. In the profile Management, you will learn how to deal with the interface between marine technology, shipping, management, and industry development. This profile focuses on the problems in industries of this kind, how the companies produce different types of products and services that are important in the field, and how this type of companies, often project-based and cooperating with suppliers and customers, can be managed. The profile aims at providing in-depth knowledge of the financial, organizational and management aspects of a company in the maritime field. Emphasis is on the ability to manage and control projects in these contexts, the connection between business strategy and the management, and the risks and opportunities associated with globalization with respect to the industry. It gives a good foundation for an employment as a manager for companies and projects within the industry as well as a general knowledge about these roles in other types of industries. It also prepares for starting and managing a smaller company in the field, e.g. a consulting firm in the Naval Architecture field.

Contact person for the profile Management is Håkan Kullvén, hakan.kullven@indek.kth.se, 08-7906052.

Track, Sustainable Development (MRSE)

Shipping is, and will continue to be, one very important driving force in the development of most parts of the world and will therefore also be a part of development of new technologies to reach a sustainable global usage of the limited resources of the earth. The profile in sustainable development is based on the concept of Industrial Ecology with focus on the understanding of interactions between technical, economical, social and ecological systems and processes, a very important aspect for shipping, on global, national and company level. The profile will lead to understanding of the concepts of sustainable development from an environmental, social and economical viewpoint as well as the ecological prerequisites .The profile studies will include strategies for sustainable development and the role of technology, ecosystems’ long-term sustainability, material and energy flows within industry and society, tools and methods to work with sustainable development in industry and society with an emphasis on systems analysis methods.

Contact person for the profile Sustainable Development is Nils Brandt, nilsb@kth.se, 08-7908059.