Naval architecture

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Introduction

Naval architecture is a branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction of ships and other marine structures. This engineering is a mix of art and science. Proposing the initial, conceptual design that meets many conflicting requirements is largely art; analyzing and refining it applies techniques based on sound scientific principles.

One of the basic goal of a naval architect is to assure that the vessel will survive any reasonable weather when handled with reasonable prudence, and yet still perform its function efficiently.

Sabyasachi Mohanty, a practicing naval architect defines, " ...when the intricate art of architecture intertwines with the fanciful imaginations of marine structures and economics, what evolves out of this exotic culmination is naval architecture."

On a lighter note, boat building is considered one of the oldest professions along with pottery and prostitution.


Description

Naval architecture is a branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction of ships and other marine structures. From a functional point of view, a ships is a most complex vehicle which must be reliably self-sustaining in its element for extended periods of time. It is perhaps the most multipurpose of vehicles, having more built-in functions than does any other vehicle type. Apart from the ship's structure and system's ability to withstand the marine environment, its design constraints include space and weight limitations, limiting the motion characteristics.

The important aspects of Naval Architecture are the following: