Naval Architecture

Naval architecture is the engineering discipline responsible for the overall design of a ship, submarine, or offshore platform. Naval architecture encompasses the specific engineering disciplines of hydrodynamics, stability analysis, seakeeping and maneuvering analysis, and mass properties analysis. Hydrodynamics is concerned with the design of the hullform and propeller to ensure the vessel’s speed requirements are meet. The stability analysis is performed to verify that the platform will remain in stable under all loading conditions and various damage scenarios. The seakeeping and maneuvering analysis determines the motions and handling of the vessel in various sea conditions. The mass properties analysis determines the vessel’s weight and center of gravities. The naval architect is also responsible for the development of the platform’s general arrangements, along with the design and integration of the deck systems, mission systems, and general outfitting. For naval ships, the naval architect will also be involved in the design, analysis, and integration of the ship’s signature reduction and survivability concepts.