OCEN Course Descriptions

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This listing is intended for informational use only. Refer to the Texas A&M Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs for the official listings of available courses. Refer to MASE Galveston catalog.

 Undergraduate Courses

OCEN 201. Introduction to Ocean Engineering. (3-0). Credit 2. I

Survey of ocean engineering; concepts and theories of wave-structure interaction; sources of technical information; coastal and ocean structures, moorings, laboratory models, underwater systems; naval architecture; recent developments in ocean engineering.

Prerequisites: ENGR 211 or registration therein.

OCEN 300. Ocean Engineering Wave Mechanics. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Physical and mathematical fundaments of ocean wave behavior. Mechanics of wave motion. Use of statistics and probability to develop design wave criteria.

Prerequisite: CVEN 311, OCEN 201 or registration therein.

OCEN 362. Hydromechanics. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Kinematics of fluids; incompressible, irrotational and turbulent flow; Navier-Stokes equations; flow of viscous fluids.

Prerequisites: CVEN 311, MATH 308.

OCEN 400. Basic Coastal Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Mechanics of wave motion. Wave refraction, diffraction, and reflection. Wave forecasting, shore processes. Planning of coastal engineering projects. Design of seawalls, breakwaters, and fixed offshore installations. Offshore pipelines. Dredging. Control of oil spills in estuaries and at seas.

Prerequisite: CVEN 311; OCEN 300 or approval of instructor.

OCEN 401. Underwater Acoustics for Ocean Engineers. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Fundamentals of underwater acoustics, SONAR equations, propagation of underwater sound, acoustic transducers and arrays, noise in the ocean environment, design and prediction of SONAR systems, ocean engineering applications of underwater sound.

Prerequisite: CVEN 311.

OCEN 402. Principles of Naval Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Elementary principles of naval architecture; ship geometry and hydrostatics; load line and classification regulations; concept of intact and damaged stability; resistance and propulsion of waterborne vehicles; applications to the design consideration of semi-submersible, catamarans, and drilling rigs.

Prerequisite: CVEN 311.

OCEN 403. Dynamics of Offshore Structures. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Prediction of loads due to wind, current, and waves; introduction to concepts of linear structural dynamics and to the design of ocean structures; mooring and towing analysis; fluid-structure interactions; vibration of submerged structures.

Prerequisite: CVEN 345; OCEN 300 or approval of instructor, MEEN 363 or registration therein.

OCEN 407. Design of Ocean Engineering Facilities. (1-6). Credit 4. I

Design of structures, equipment, and systems for the ocean; will emphasize environmental, logistical, and reliability requirements. Complete design process followed through a group design project. Delineation of alternatives, constraints, economics, and environmental consequences included to strengthen real-life problem solving skills.

Prerequisites: OCEN 301, 400, 402 or approval of instructor.

OCEN 408. Underwater and Moored System Design. (2-0). Credit 2. II

Basic principles of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and human respiration physiology applied to design of underwater habitats; submersibles and diving bells; breathing gas supply for diving systems; heat transfer for underwater systems; pressure vessel design; remotely operated vehicles; and design for towed and moored systems.

Prerequisites: CVEN 311, MEEN 315 or approval of instructor.

OCEN 410. Ocean Engineering Laboratory. (0-3) Credit 1. I

Fundamental techniques and instrumentation for field and laboratory measurements pertaining to ocean engineering (i.e. temperature, depth, force, currents, wave height, sound velocity, etc.); experimental planning; data analysis and data presentation; written reports describing planning, analysis and results of experiments.

Prerequisites: OCEN 301, 400, 401 and 402.

OCEN 475. Environmental Fluid Mechanics. (3-0) Credit 3. I

Examines fluid and mass transport in naturally occurring flows; topics include molecular and turbulent diffusion; dispersion; river, estuary, and ocean mixing; dissolution boundary layers; tidal mixing; offshore wastewater outfalls; introduction to environmental quality numerical modeling.

Prerequisite: CVEN 311.

OCEN 481. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1. II

Responsibilities and obligations of young ocean engineers; professional ethics, membership in professional societies and professional registrations, case studies and lectures presented by staff and practicing engineers.

Prerequisite: Senior classification.

OCEN 485. Problems in Ocean Engineering. Credit 1 to 6. IIIS

Special problems in various areas of ocean engineering assigned to individual students or to groups. Readings and assignments given and frequent consultations held.

Prerequisite: Approval of program head.

OCEN 489. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4. IIIS

Study of selected topics in an identified field of ocean engineering. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Junior classification.


Graduate Courses

OCEN 630. Dynamics of Ocean Vehicles. (3-0). Credit 3.

Dynamics and stability of motion of immersed and floating structures and ocean vehicles; maneuverability and control; behavior of ocean vehicles and stationary platforms in waves. Design considerations leading to motion reduction; applications to surface vessels, submersibles and drilling rigs.

Prerequisites: CVEN 311, MEEN 459 or equivalent, or approval of instructor.

OCEN 671. Ocean Wave Mechanics. (3-0). Credit 3.

Wave theory and applications to engineering problems; linear and nonlinear theories of regular gravity waves; wave properties and transformation in shoaling water; wave spectra and spectral analysis of irregular waves.

Prerequisites: OCEN 462 or equivalent.

OCEN 672. Coastal Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Effects of waves on coastal structures; design of seawall breakwaters, jetties, harbors, ship channels and pipelines; intentional and accidental discharge of pollutants; diffusion and spreading; oil spill containment and collection.

Prerequisite: OCEN 671.

OCEN 673. Nonlinear Hydrodynamic Problems in Ocean Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Nonlinear hydrodynamic problems involved with the complex offshore structures in the high sea environment; nonlinear waves application of Volterra model to weakly nonlinear systems; generation of nonlinear model waves; nonlinear hydrodynamic interaction between the waves and structure; dynamic analysis of nonlinear response of integrated offshore structures.

Prerequisite: OCEN 671 and 678.

OCEN 674. Ports & Harbors. (3-0). Credit 3.

Basic port planning including site selection, environmental factors, and economic considerations; design of wharves, quays, jetties, breakwaters and navigational channels and fenders; harbor sedimentation and maintenance dredging; design of fishing, small craft and recreation boat harbors.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

OCEN 676. Dynamics of Offshore Structures. (3-0). Credit 3.

Review of concepts of linear structural dynamic analysis for time and frequency domain simulations, functional design of offshore platforms, pipelines, floating structures and moorings. Environmental loading problems. Hydrodynamic phenomena including wind and current interaction, vortex shedding and wave forces; fluid/structure interaction models.

Prerequisite: OCEN 300 and 301 or approval of instructor.

OCEN 678. Fluid Dynamics for Ocean and Environmental Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

General conservation laws. Euler’s equation, forms of the Bernoulli’s equation. Potential flow of an incompressible fluid; flow past a body of any shape; source and vortex distribution; lift for a slender body. Linear and nonlinear water waves. Small amplitude oscillations in a compressible ideal fluid or viscous flow theory.

Prerequisite: OCEN 462 or approval of instructor.

CVEN 679. Theory of Fluid Mechanics Models. (3-0). Credit 3.

Dimensional analysis; model laws; mechanics and coastal engineering models; fixed-bed; movable-bed, geometric, and distorted models for flows with free surface; sediment transport; waves, tides, and estuary models.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

OCEN 681. Seminar. (0-2). Credit 1.

Reports and discussion of current research and of selected published technical articles. May not be taken for credit more than once in masters degree program and twice in Ph.D. program.

OCEN 682. Coastal Sediment Processes. (3-0). Credit 3.

Sediment properties and size distribution, fluvial sediment transport equations, movement of material by the sea, review of pertinent wave theories, littoral drift, inlet stability, coastal protection structures, similarity in sediment transport, movable bed models, sediment tracing, Aeolian sand transport, case studies.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

OCEN 683. Estuary Hydrodynamics. (3-0). Credit 3.

Development of applicable equations for tidal dynamics applied to real estuaries. Technology for determination of mean velocities, circulation patterns, water depths, turbulent dispersion patterns, etc. for solution of environmental problems in estuaries. Physical and mathematical models.

Prerequisites: Basic fluid mechanics; approval of instructor.

OCEN 685. Problems. Credit 1 to 12 each semester.

Special topics not within scope of thesis research and not covered by other formal courses.

CVEN 686. Offshore and Coastal Structures. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamental design and analysis techniques; offshore platforms for shallow and deep water, pile driving analysis of large offshore piles by the wave equation; solutions to problems submitted by industry to the class during the semester.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

CVEN 687. Foundation Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Settlement and bearing capacity analysis of foundations; computer programs used to analyze axially loaded piles, laterally loaded piles, and sheet-pile walls.

OCEN 688. Marine Dredging. (3-0). Credit 3.

Dredge pump selection; pump and system characteristics; cavitation; types of dredges; continental shelf and deep-ocean dredging; head loss in horizontal and vertical pipes for two- and three-phase flow; design of disposal methods for dredged material; environmental effects of dredging.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

CVEN 688. Computational Fluid Dynamics. (3-0). Credit 3.

Finite-difference and finite-element methods and basic numerical concepts for the solution of dispersion, propagation, and equilibrium problems commonly encountered in real fluid flows. Theoretical accuracy analysis techniques.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in fluid mechanics; MATH 601 and/or basic course in linear algebra; and knowledge of one programming language.

CVEN 680. Advanced Computation Methods for Fluid Flow. (3-0). Credit 3.

Unsteady three-dimensional Navier- Stokes equations in general nonorthogonal curvilinear coordinates; algebraic and elliptic grid generation; turbulence modeling for complex flows; advanced numerical methods for unsteady incompressible turbulent flows; large-eddy simulations; Reynolds-averaged Navier- Stokes simulation; chimera domain decomposition and interactive zonal approach.

Prerequisite: CVEN 688 or approval of instructor.

OCEN 689. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of ocean engineering. May be repeated for credit.

OCEN 691. Research. Credit 1 or more each semester.

Research for thesis or dissertation.