Marine Technology and Design (OFF580)

For those who want a thorough introduction to themes in marine technology and want to use this competence for design of marine structures (as for example marine vessels, oil and gas platforms or offshore wind turbines), this course is important for their future career.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course gives a thorough introduction to and understanding of hydrodynamics, linear wave theory and calculation of on wave forces on marine structures and pipelines. Both static and dynamic evaluations are carried out and extreme values are being calculated. Furthermore an introduction to wind and wind loads is given. Principles for the dimensioning of structures are being discussed. Furthermore, stability of floating structures is discussed. Realistic design of fixed space frame offshore structures is being discussed.

Learning outcome

Give the students a thorough introduction to selected themes in marine technology by:

  • Giving the students an understanding of waves and forces from waves on marine structures
  • Giving the students an introduction to wind and forces from wind on structures exposed to wind load
  • Giving the students an introduction to analysis of dynamic effects related to marine structures
  • Illustrating principles for dimensioning of structures from idea generation to recirculation of materials
  • Giving the students an understanding of how to control the floating stability of marine floating structures
  • Giving the students an understanding of technical solutions for use in the marine environment
  • Giving the students an introduction to realistic design of marine structures

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, OFF505 Oceanography, OFF585 Engineering mathematics and dynamics, STA100 Probability and Statistics 1
OFF505 Oceanography, OFF585 Engineering mathematics and dynamics

Recommended prerequisites

OFF515 Offshore Field Development


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades Open book

Coursework requirements

Regneøvinger, Lab exercise

Home exercises - 4 out of 5 must be approved. Lab exercise.

80 % of home exercises must be approved by subject teacher(s) to get access to the exam. Home exercices could be given as group work. Obligatory laboratory exercise and lab report.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Lin Li

Course coordinator:

Muk Chen Ong

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

In average five hours of lectures and two hours exercises every week, more during certain periods. Home exercises: 80% of exercises must be approved prior to the student is allowed to enter the exam. The exercises shall be handed in according to plans for the course. Active participation at lectures in class is recommended. All information about the course (including information about time for lectures) will be posted on CANVAS. The course is given in English and most of the lectures will be given jointly with other courses. Mandatory work demands (such as hand in assignments, lab-assignments, projects, etc.) must be approved by subject teacher within given deadline.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Marine Technology and design (MOM480_1) 10
Environmental Loads (BYG520_1) 2
Marine Technology (MOM260_1) 5
Marine Technology, Marine Technology and design ( MOM260_1 MOM480_1 ) 15

Open for

Masterstudents at Faculty of Science and Technology who fulfill the necessairy prerequisits. Qualified students (Bachelor degree in technology) with very good grades can apply to the course as a separate course. The student shall in this case undertake to be an active student during the lectures.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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