This master specialism aims to give students advanced training on typical problems of hydrodynamics applied to naval architecture and ocean engineering: ship resistance, seakeeping, ship behavior in irregular seas, water, waves and marine environment, physical, modeling and numerical aspects are studied.

The program includes theoretical courses on typical hydrodynamics problems: ship resistance, wave-induced motions, wave and marine environment modeling, and numerical methods used to solve these problems. A large part of the program is also devoted to the practical use of software to solve the problems cited above through a large variety of numerical methods: boundary elements or spectral methods under potential flow theory, finite-difference or finite-volume techniques in solvers for viscous flows, Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). Students are also involved in practical work using the ocean test facilities (towing tank, wave tank equipped with a multi-flap wave generator etc.)

Course Content - First Year

  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Programming and Algorithms
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vibration and Differential Equations
  • Mechanical Design
  • Energetics
  • Propulsion
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Business Environment
  • Conferences and Initiation to Research
  • Modern Languages

Course Content - 2nd Year

  • General concepts of hydrodynamics
  • Water waves and sea states modelling
  • Wave-structure interactions and moorings
  • Numerical hydrodynamics
  • Experimental hydrodynamics
  • Project
  • Modern Languages
  • Conferences
  • Marine Renewable Energy OR Naval Engineering OR Hydrodynamics R&D
  • Master thesis / internship

Examples of previous internships in industry:

  • Naval numerical computations.
  • Development of a Fluid-Structure Interaction model for the optimization of a Wave Energy Converter.
  • Coupling of VIV on offshore wind turbines.

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Experimental investigation of the improved dynamic response of barge type floating offshore wind turbines.
  • Modeling of the response on irregular waves.
  • Wave-current interactions in a HOS model.

Skills Developed

  • Build and use models dedicated to hydrodynamics for ocean engineering.
  • Define and perform experiments on free-surface hydrodynamics problems.
  • Solve - numerically - free surface problems for ocean engineering applications.

In addition to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:

  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyze results.
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way.
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature.
  • Manage or be part of a project.

Prospects for employment or further study

The main prospects for employment after the Master program are found in the naval industry, shipping, oil sector, coastal engineering or that of marine renewable energies; within R&D departments or design offices.

At the conclusion of the Master's degree, graduates can pursue a PhD, in particular within the Laboratory of Hydrodynamics, Energy and Atmospheric Environment, which offers experimental and/or numerical studies, often in cooperation with industrial partners on numerous themes: wave-structure interactions, simulation of sea states on large estates, improvement of the generation and propagation of swell, hydrodynamic impacts, ship damage, marine renewable energies (wave energy, offshore wind, etc).

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Last updated October 30, 2018
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