Courses & Units

Resistance and Propulsion JEE333



To provide an understanding and working knowledge of resistance and propulsion of ships. Experimental and theoretical methods are covered with an emphasis on application to design. Students are shown the theory behind these methods and are required to demonstrate usage of the methods (both theory and experiment) to predict resistance and hence propulsion requirements. This unit builds on the knowledge of fluid mechanics and applies it to practical design scenarios.


Unit name Resistance and Propulsion
Unit code JEE333
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Coordinator Associate Professor Michael Woodward
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • estimate, by experimental or basic computational methods, the resistance of and powering requirement for many marine vessels. explain the effects of hull form parameters from basic dimensions (such as beam) to complex hull/fluid interactions (such as a bulbous bow).
  • conduct a critical analysis of a research paper on resistance of mono or multi-hull vessel.
  • evaluate the process of experimental determination of resistance and powering of an existing hull design and associated propulsion system. demonstrate the skills necessary to perform these tests and report on the findings with reference to errors due to accuracy and repeatability issues. achieve all of these aims within a team of engineers.
  • explain the principles of propeller and water-jet operation and carry out a practical propeller design. specifically students must be able to generate, analyse and implement within the design process relationships between thrust, torque, cycles per minute and speed of advance for multiple propulsion system options.
  • explain the causes of cavitation, its detrimental effects and how to take steps to prevent it occurring on a propeller and water-jet system.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031799 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,826.00

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Teaching Pattern

3 hours Lectures weekly, 1 hour Tutorial weekly, Experimental Laboratories as advised

AssessmentScenario (10%)|Design & Optimisation (15%)|Lab Report (15%)|Class test (10%)|Final Exam (50%)
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