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HYDRA: multipurpose ship designs in engineering and education

Pawling, R; Bilde, R; Hunt, J; (2018) HYDRA: multipurpose ship designs in engineering and education. In: Kujala, P and Lu, L, (eds.) Marine Design Proceedings of the 13th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC 2018). CRC Press: Helsinki, Finland. Green open access

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Abstract

The cornerstone of post-graduate naval architecture and marine engineering education at UCL is the Ship Design Exercise. This three-month full-time project sees students placed in small, multi-disciplinary teams and challenged with the concept design of a new vessel based on broad outline require-ments provided by the academic staff. This exercise exemplifies the use of design as an integrative teaching method, allowing engineering students to place their academic understanding of technical subjects in a whole-ship concept. This paper describes an innovative design – HYDRA – featuring a single core vessel capable of adaption during build to take on several military or civilian roles. This paper not only describes the technical aspects of the design solution itself, but also discusses the educational implications of setting students the challenge of designing ships to meet multiple, sometimes contradictory requirements. In addition to aligning well with some modern trends in ship design and construction, this type of problem is seen to offer potential benefits in engineering education. These benefits are discussed, in addition to the potential complications they bring to various aspects of the design exercise.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: HYDRA: multipurpose ship designs in engineering and education
Event: 13th International Marine Design Conference
Location: Espoo, Finland
Dates: 10 June 2018 - 14 June 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1201/9780429440533
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1201/9780429440533
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114035
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