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Introduction to Ship Construction and Bulkheads

This free online course explores constructional features of a ship's structure and its stresses and bulkheads.

Publisher: ADU
Bulkheads are designed to reduce the amount of flooding on ships. It divides functional areas into rooms and creates watertight compartments. This construction and bulkhead course teaches ship dimensions and structure and its framing system. Gain knowledge regarding stowage, cargo hold inspection, cargo carriage capacity, and static and dynamic stresses. You will also learn the advantages, design, and construction of the watertight bulkheads.
Introduction to Ship Construction and Bulkheads
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We have all experienced the entertainment industry and seen movies where ships sink or float depending on the damage. This introductory course on ship construction and bulkheads gives you a better insight into why this happens. We will first introduce you to the definition of ship construction, the historical background of vessels, and the rapid growth and development in hydro-kinetics. You will also learn about hydrostatics and the science of materials, leading to increased size, speed, commercial value, and safety of ships. Investigate the constructional features of the ship’s structure and the terms used for dimensions and structure. Explore the components used to frame a vessel which includes; frame, beam, transverse, floors, stringer, longitudinal, and girder. Discover basic hull ship designs commonly used, together with the structural cross-section. The concept of general cargo ships, with the type of cargo carried by these ships, will also be covered in this course.

This course then explains the two primary standards for measuring cargo and determining the freight payable and cargo-carrying capacity. The importance of proper cargo stowage to avoid damage during a voyage, precautions to prevent damage to cargo, and dunnage are all factors that you must consider. This course will teach you about cargo hold inspection, preparation of the hold, requirements for loading, and precautions to be taken when handling heavy lift cargo. There are two types of ventilation; natural and mechanical ventilation. Both are discussed and we include the concept of hold ventilation. Are you curious about oil tankers, bulk and combination carriers, and the features and functions of a container, roll-on roll-off, and passenger ships? You’ll become acquainted with these vessels and be taught about static and dynamic forces, hogging, sagging, and static stresses. We outline the concepts of dynamic, slamming, and torsional stresses, including the structural elements of a ship’s hull like deck plating, transverse bulkhead, transverse frame, keel frame, and hull side beam in this course.

Furthermore, this course will help you gain knowledge of the standard steel sections, which include; H or I section. The definition of bulkheads and their divisions as Class A, B, and C are clarified. Become aware of the features and functions of the three basic types of bulkheads: watertight, non-watertight and tank. This course will help you understand the importance of testing watertight bulkheads, features of longitudinal bulkheads, and the regulations governing the number and position of watertight bulkheads. This course will be of great interest to students, researchers, and anyone interested in constructing ships. So, register for this course and become an authority in ship construction.

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