Introduction to Naval Architecture (13.400)

Photograph of the USS Olympia.
The USS Olympia, in active service during the Spanish-American War, is the subject of one of the projects assigned in the course. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.)


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Fall 2004



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This course is an introduction to principles of naval architecture, ship geometry, hydrostatics, calculation and drawing of curves of form. It also explores concepts of  intact and damaged stability, hull structure strength calculations and ship resistance. Projects include analysis of ship lines drawings and ship model testing.

This course was originally offered in Course 13 (Department of Ocean Engineering) as 13.400. In 2005, ocean engineering subjects became part of Course 2 (Department of Mechanical Engineering), and this course was renumbered 2.701.

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Herbein, David, and Timothy McCoy. 2.701 Introduction to Naval Architecture (13.400), Fall 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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