Spår, lättviktskontruktioner (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 Lightweight Structures track is Dan Zenkert, danz@kth.se, 08-7906435.

Spår, strömningsmekanik (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 Fluid Mechanics track is Luca Brandt, luca@mech.kth.se, 08-7906870.

Spår, management (MRSD)

As an engineer in the naval architecture field, your work will not only include purely technical activities. Managerial issues will almost always be intertwined with the technical issues and it is important to understand the way businesses are made, the way the industry changes, and the environmental prerequisites. Shipping is, and will continue to be, an important driving force in the development of most parts of the world and will therefore also be a part of the development of new technologies to reach a sustainable global usage of the limited resources of the earth. The Management track in the Naval Architecture Master Program aims at providing knowledge of the financial, organizational and managerial aspects in the maritime field, and developing your understanding of the concepts of sustainable development from an environmental, social and economic viewpoint. Emphasis is on the ability to manage and control projects, the connection between business strategy and management, strategies for sustainable development, the role of technology, and management tools and systems analysis methods. It gives a good foundation for employment as a manager for companies and projects within the maritime 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, such as a consulting firm in the naval architecture field.

Contact person for the Management track is Monika Olsson, monika@kth.se, 08-7906150.