Structural Analysis of Ships and Offshore Structures

General information:

Lecture and exercise notes can be retrieved at Stud.Ip.


  1. Introduction
  2. Basic equations of elastostatics
  3. Approximation procedures
  4. The finite element method
  5. Mechanical models and finite elements for thin-walled structures
  6. Application to ships and offshore structures

Educational Objectives:

Theoretical Knowledge

Students are able to

  • give an overview of the basics of structural mechanics for the analysis of ships and offshore structures.
  • explain structural models for thin-walled structures.
  • specify problems of linear structural analysis, to identify them in a given situation and to explain their mathematical and mechanical background.
  • classify finite elements with respect to their suitability for the structural analysis of ships and offshore structures.


Students are able to

  • model linear structural problems of ships and offshore structures.
  • select a suitable finite element formulation for a given linear problem of structural mechanics .
  • apply finite element procedures to the linear structural analysis of ships and offshore structures.
  • verify and critically judge the results of linear finite element computations.
  • transfer their knowledge of linear structural analysis with finite elements to new problems.

Personal Competence

Social Competence

Students are able to

  • solve problems in heterogeneous groups and to document the corresponding results.
  • share new knowledge with group members.


Students are able to

  • assess their knowledge by means of exercises and E-Learning.