The current trends and challenges in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering

Discussion in 'Education' started by Furkan, Jan 26, 2023.

  1. Furkan
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    Furkan Junior Member

    Hello All,

    My question is the same with the title.

    "What are the current trends and challenges in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering?"

    Thanks.
     
  2. DCockey
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    DCockey Senior Member

    What is the reason for your question? How will the results be used? Are you a journalist? Student? Academic researcher? ???
     
  3. rangebowdrie
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    rangebowdrie Senior Member

    Not to be particularly flippant, but most of the challenges aren't much different than they've always been.
    Having to juggle a never-ending stream of compromises while trying to get 10lbs. in a 5lb. bag.;)
     
  4. Furkan
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    Furkan Junior Member

    Why is it important? It is a simple question. It does not matter whoever I am.
     
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  5. DCockey
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    DCockey Senior Member

    It is a very broad question and the scope of the responses may be different depending on who is asking and how the responses will be used.
     
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  6. baeckmo
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    baeckmo Hydrodynamics

    I think that the prime challenging task for most engineering professions today is how to make ignorant amateurs understand that button pressing on a computer is very far from real engineering/construction work (in the meaning of meeting a functional SOR), including the responsibilities involved!
     
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  7. jehardiman
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    jehardiman Senior Member

    That's the challenge....

    The trend is.... many people come to the internet expecting time constrained professionals to answer complicated questions; without first even having the respect to learn the necessary terminology and concepts to even ask a coherent question.
     
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  8. Ad Hoc
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    Ad Hoc Naval Architect

    +1 to Baeckmo and +1 to JEH

    Can't add any more to that....so, what they said!
     
  9. comfisherman
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    comfisherman Senior Member

    In my little niche of the Boat World the big issue is trying to make least worst boats. There are regulatory incentives that have been created that make for some really odd boats.

    In all of my conversations with Naval architects with the goal of paying them to help optimize a design to be least worst, they always end up with suggestions that would obviously make for a good Boat, but do not fit at all. So the boats get built by builders and owners to specs within the regulatory framework, with absolutely 0 input from a naval architect.

    If we can bridge the gap between the market and the knowledge I think we'd have better boats overall and Naval Architects getting paid by willing customers. If I say hey I have a 40 ft limit that saves substantial money per working day, how big can I make a 40 ft Boat? And 6 our of 6 architects respond with nice 50-60 ft boats, it's back to trial and error... lots and lots of errors. The inability to work within the world that is and opposed to the world that it "should" be, is the the biggest issue in my niche of the boatyard.
     
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  10. jehardiman
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    jehardiman Senior Member

    If that is the trend, then the challenge is that we need to educate the legislators. I KNOW that the US congress believes that warships are bought like hamburger or rope; by the pound and foot. Trying to convince them how much better a vessel they could have if I had 15 more tons or 5 more feet to work with was very hard. Yes, I understand requirements drift and how that gives the Air Farce its name and the whole LCS fiasco, but sometimes drawing a hard line in the sand before letting design nature take its course is just plain wrong and dangerous.

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