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Design Principles of Ships and Marine Structures

1st Edition

By Suresh Chandra Misra

CRC Press

474 pages | 290 B/W Illus.

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The Definitive Reference for Designers and Design Students

A solid grasp of the fundamentals of materials, along with a thorough understanding of load and design techniques, provides the components needed to complete a marine platform design. Design Principles of Ships and Marine Structures details every facet of ship design and design integration, and highlights the design aspects that must be put together to create an integrated whole product. This book discusses naval architecture and marine engineering applications and principles relevant to the design of various systems, examines advanced numerical techniques that can be applied to maritime design procedure at the concept design stage, and offers a comprehensive approach to the subject of ship design.

Covers the Entire Sphere of Marine Design

The book begins with an introduction to marine design and the marine environment, describing many of the marine products that are used for transportation, defense and the exploitation of marine resources. It also discusses stability issues relevant to ship design, as well as hydrodynamic aspects of resistance, propulsion, sea keeping and maneuvering, and their effects on design. In addition to covering the various systems and sub-systems that go into making a complex product to be used in maritime environment, the author explains engineering economics and its application in ship design, and provides examples wherever necessary.

Written by an author with more than 35 years of teaching experience, this book:

  • Describes various design methodologies such as sequential design process with the application of concurrent engineering and set based design factors in the use of computer-aided design techniques
  • Highlights the shape design methodology of ship forms and layout design principles
  • Considers design aspects relative to safety and risk assessment
  • Introduces the design for production aspects in marine product development
  • Discusses design principles for sustainability
  • Explains the principles of numerical optimization for decision-making

Design Principles of Ships and Marine Structures focuses on ship design efficiency, safety, sustainability, production, and management, and appeals to students and design professionals in the field of shipping, shipbuilding and offshore engineering.


"The modern state-of-the-art of ships and offshore structures design is well presented. Brief but dense information is given for the history of the shipbuilding and offshore structures and the major characteristics of different ship’s and offshore structures types. … In my opinion, all major topics in shipbuilding and offshore structures are included."

—Lyuben D Ivanov, Retired, formerly with American Bureau of Shipping

Table of Contents


Development of Marine Vehicles, Structures and Facilities

Types of Marine Vehicles, Structures and Facilities

Design Definition and Marine Environment

Marine Environment

The Oceans

Properties in Water


Ocean Circulation

Ocean Waves

Design Process

Mission Requirement

Market Study

System Design

Design Process

Design Stages

Information Generation and Management


Design Tools

Engineering Economics

Interest Relationships

Economic Criteria

Economic Complexities

Cash Flow Calculation

Building Cost Estimation

Determination of Price

Design versus Tendering and Contract

Engineering Economics Application to Ship Design

Vehicle Parameter Estimation

Ship Nomenclature

Controlling Equations for Preliminary Estimation of Main Parameters

Data Collection and Analysis for Parameter Estimation

Approximate Semi-Empirical Relationships for Parameter Estimation

Basic Ship Method of Parameter Estimation

Preliminary Performance Estimate

Stability of Floating Bodies

Bonjean Curves and Hydrostatics

Stability at Small Angles

Stability at Large Angles

Intact Stability Requirements

Effect of Parametric Changes on Stability

Discussion on Stability

Damaged Stability

Safety and Subdivision

Hydrodynamic Design





Hull Form Design

Hull Form Characteristics

Geometrical Design

Computer-Aided Design of Hull Form

Machinery System

Main and Auxiliary Machinery and Equipment

Energy Consumption Pattern

Structural Design

Marine Structural Material

Loads on Marine Structures and Vehicles

Structural Layout

Structural Design

Layout Design

Cargo Spaces

Liquid Non-Cargo Spaces

Working Spaces

Accommodation Spaces

Ergonomics in Layout Design

Design for Safety

Safety-Related Issues

Design for Maintenance

Rule-Based Design

Risk-Based Design

Design for Sustainability

Air Pollution

Ocean Pollution

Dispersal of Aquatic Species due to Shipping

Underwater Noise

Ship Recycling

Design for Production

Manufacturing Design

Design for Production


Decision-Making Process

Modelling the Optimisation Problem

Optimisation Techniques

Heuristic Methods for Decision Support Systems

Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM)

Decision Support Applications in Ship Design

Design Management

Creativity and Innovation

Design Integration

Design Management


About the Author

Suresh Chandra Misra earned a degree in naval architecture from IIT Kharagpur, India, in 1970, and his PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, in 1976. After serving for a few years as a design engineer in Hindustan Shipyard Ltd., Visakhapatnam, he joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, as an assistant professor in naval architecture. He became a professor and later head of the Department of Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture before retiring from active service in 2013. He was also the director of the Indian maritime University, Visakhapatnem campus for the last five years of his active service period. Subsequent to his retirement, he has been involved in a number of research and consultancy activities in related areas.

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