The prediction of ship hydrodynamic performance can be broken down into
the general areas of resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, manoeuvring. Propeller flows and propeller design can be seen as a subtopic of resistance
and propulsion, but it is so important and features special techniques that it
is treated as a separate topic in its own right. Morgan and Lin (1998) give a
good short introduction to the historical development of these techniques to
the state of the art in the late 1990s.
Rawson and Tupper's Basic Ship Theory, first published in 1968, is widely known as the standard introductory text for naval architecture students, as well as being a useful reference for the more experienced designer.
The fifth edition continues to provide a balance between theory and practice. Volume 2 expands on the material in Volume 1, covering the dynamics behaviour of marine vehicles, hydrodynamics, manoeuvrability and seakeeping. It concludes with some case studies of particular ship types and a discussion of maritime design.
One definition of wisdom is the thoughtful application of learning;
insight; good sense; judgement. It can be said that this book aims to
contribute to the reader's wisdom. It sets out to provide knowledge of
the fundamentals of naval architecture so that the reader can define a
ship form, calculate its draughts and displacement and check its
stability. It seeks to give an understanding of other aspects of the ship
such as the possible modes of structural failure and its manoeuvring
and seakeeping performance....