Ocean engineering

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Part of the Wikiversity Department of Ocean engineering and naval architecture

A NEEMO 11 crewmember works outside the undersea habitat "Aquarius".

Content summary

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Herein we first explore the oceans from an oceanographic perspective, focusing on the physical characteristics and the natural processes. Further, we examine the physics of the oceans and the atmosphere, with the intent to predict the behavior of ocean systems. Finally we apply these studies to the engineering of devices within the ocean environment.


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To further knowledge of the ocean as an engineering environment and to enable the practitioner to effectively design within the parameters of such.

Learning Materials

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Ocean Engineering Lessons

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  1. Temperature
  2. Density
  3. Salinity
  4. Chemistry
  1. Periodicity
  2. Wave force
  3. Ocean currents
  4. Tides
  5. Vortices and other phenomena
  1. Models & Scaling
  2. Resistance
  3. Propulsion
  4. Corrosion
  5. Galvanic Protection
  6. Arctic Engineering


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  • Physical Properties of the Oceans
  1. Peruse the appropriate sections of b:Introduction to Oceanography

Study guide:

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  • Physical Properties of the Oceans
  1. Wikipedia article:Temperature
  2. Wikipedia article:Density
  3. Wikipedia article:Salinity
  4. Wikipedia article:Chemistry
  5. Wikipedia article:Marine geology
  6. Wikipedia article:Oceanography
  7. Wikipedia article:Chemical oceanography
  8. Wikipedia article:Physical oceanography


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Additional helpful readings include:

  • Elements of Ocean Engineering; Randall, Robert E., 1997, SNAME New York
  • Principles of Naval Architecture (2nd Rev.); Lewis, E.V., 1989, SNAME New York
  • Water Wave Mechanics for Engineers & Scientists; R.G. Dean, 1991, World Scientific Singapore
  • Descriptive Physical Oceanography; G.L. Pickard, 1990, Butterworth Heinemann Oxford

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