Ocean Engineering (OE)
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
OE 202 Ocean Technology--Man in the Sea (3) Survey
of human activities in the ocean, from the most traditional to the most
innovative technical and engineering accomplishments.
OE 411 Buoyancy and Stability (3) Ship
nomenclature and geometry, hydrostatic principles of surface ships and
underwater vehicles in free-floating, partially waterborne, and damaged
conditions. Subdivision of ships. Launching. Pre: CE 270 or equivalent.
OE 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment
for degree completion. Pre: master’s Plan B candidate and consent.
OE 601 Ocean Engineering Lab (3) Design,
construction, and evaluation of an ocean engineering system. Field
experience supplemented with appropriate theory. Pre: consent.
OE 603 Oceanography for Ocean Engineers (3) Discussion
of the physical, chemical, and geological ocean environments for ocean
engineers. Description of the world’s oceans and dynamic processes;
introduction to analytical description, circulation, waves, tides, and
measurements. Pre: consent.
OE 607 Water Wave Mechanics and Design Criteria (3)
Governing equations in free surface flows, deterministic and
probabilistic wave theories, wave transformation, wave induced coastal
currents, ocean engineering operational sea state and design wave
criteria. Pre: consent.
OE 608 Statistics for Ocean Engineers (3) Statistical
analysis including distributions, multiple regression and correlation,
autocovariance, cross-spectra, and practical applications in ocean
engineering. Pre: 607 or consent.
OE 609 Hydrodynamics of Fluid-Body Interaction (3) Hydrodynamics
of ships, coastal and offshore structures. Wave forces by potential
theory and by Morison’s equation. Method of source distribution for
potential flow problems. Flows with prescribed body motion, fixed and
freely floating bodies. Pre: 607. Co-requisite: 608.
OE 612 Dynamics of Ocean Structures (3) Response
of floating platforms and vessels to wave action, spectral analysis in
sea keeping. Frequency and time domain analyses of rigid body motions in
six degrees of freedom. Pre: 411 or consent. Co-requisite: 609 or
OE 630 Basic Design of Ships and Offshore
Structures (3) Owner’s requirements, design criteria,
characteristics of merchant ships and offshore structures. Conceptual
and preliminary design procedures, design spiral, computer-aided ship
design. Pre: 411 and 612.
OE 631 Structural Design of Ships (3) Design
of ocean structures to withstand hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loading of
the sea. Considerations include material type, safety factors, stress
concentrations, and fatigue. Applications made to submersibles, cargo
ships, and/or offshore platforms. Pre: 630 or consent.
OE 652 Near-Shore Survey Design (3) Introduction
to near-shore and offshore environments, planning and conducting field
programs, ocean instrumentation, reduction and analyses of data,
presentation of results. Pre: 603 or consent.
OE 661 Introduction to Coastal and Harbor
Engineering (3) Operational sea state and design wave criteria.
Solution of practical problems related to planning, design,
construction, and maintenance of beaches, harbors, and other coastal
structures. Partially satisfies OE design-course requirements. Pre:
OE 662 Design of Coastal and Harbor Structures (3) Planning
and design of seawalls, groins, jetties, and breakwaters. Layout of
ports. Design requirements for harbor entrances and channels. Littoral
drift and sedimentation problems. Navigation and mooring requirements.
Pre: 661 or consent.
OE 664 Near-Shore Processes and Littoral Drift (3) Sediment
transport by waves and currents in coastal areas and its effect on
morphological processes. Effect of manmade structures on littoral drift
and shoreline. Pre: 607 or consent.
OE 677 OTEC Systems (3) Ocean thermal energy
conversion (OTEC) systems, thermodynamics, alternative processes,
co-products, and environmental context. Pre: ME 311 or equivalent.
OE 678 Marine Mining Systems Technology (3) Activities
in marine minerals development are examined in a multidisciplinary
systems approach involving engineering, Earth and environmental sciences
and economics. Pre: OCN 631 or consent.
OE 699 Directed Reading or Research (V) Pre:
graduate standing and consent.
OE 700 Thesis Research (V) Pre: candidacy for
MS in ocean engineering.
OE 707 Nonlinear Water Wave Theories (3) Higher-order
theories. Forced oscillations. Stoke’s theory. Nonlinear shallow-water
wave equations and hydraulic jumps; effects of rotation. Internal waves.
Analytical techniques necessary will be developed as course progresses.
OE 766 Numerical Analysis of Hydrodynamic Problems
(3) Numerical methods for solving potential flow problems
encountered in coastal and offshore engineering. Boundary element,
finite difference, and finite element methods are used for the solution
of initial-boundary-value problems. Pre: consent.
OE 783 Ocean Engineering Design Project (3) Hands-on
experience in the design of an offshore engineering (fall) or coastal
engineering (spring) project. Pre: 612 for offshore engineering, and 661
for coastal engineering; or consent.
OE 791 Special Topics in Ocean Engineering (V) Course
content will reflect special interests of visiting and permanent
faculty. Pre: consent.
OE 792 Seminar in Ocean Engineering (1) Attendance
at 15 approved seminars is required along with submission of notes.
Topics to be selected by students.
OE 800 Dissertation Research (V) Pre: candidacy
for PhD in ocean engineering.
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