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Resilient ship design course

Although warships have several layers of defence, history has shown a multitude of incidents where these have all failed resulting in battle damage of the ship. Much can be done in the design of the ship to provide an adequate level of resilience against anti-ship missiles, UNDEX threats, shaped charges, gunfire or asymmetric threats. You can learn all about it in this course organised by Defence, Safety & Security of TNO from the Netherlands.

For whom?

  • Navy personnel
  • Survivability experts
  • Shipyards
  • Designers of naval vessels
  • Naval ship manufacturing industry
  • Managers of new naval projects
  • Project engineers who prepare specifications of naval equipment and installations
  • Engineers who monitor naval building or upgrade projects
  • Technical procurement officers
  • Classification societies

Purpose of the course

The main purpose of the course is to understand the basics of designing against modern above water and underwater threats. The course is specifically focused on early design stages in which crucial decisions have to be made within short periods of time. Participants will learn the principles of ship survivability, so that they are able to design themselves, to communicate with specialists, to tackle an underwater shock problem or to deal with above water threats. The knowledge can also be applied to upgrade ships for new threats.

Course programme

  • Threats
  • General ship survivability design
  • Underwater shock
  • Blast response
  • Ballistics
  • Fire and countermeasures
  • System analysis
  • Case study
  • Software tools for own use

The program of the coming four day course (18-21 April 2017) can be found in this flyer.

Course level and language

The recommended level of education is a degree in a technological study like engineering. Participants should have basic understanding of structural mechanics and vibrations. The course is given in English.

Dates and venue

The Resilient Ship Design Course will take place from 18 to 21 April 2017.
The venue is: STC - Mullerzaal, Lloydstraat 300, 3024 EA Rotterdam


Costs for the four day course are EUR 3200,-- excluding VAT. The price includes a hard copy of the course proceedings, a digital copy on a USB stick, lunches and beverages. There is an early bird discount of 10% for applications placed before 31 January 2017.


For registration and administrative inquiries you can contact Louise Michon by e-mail or by phone (louise.michon@tno.nl, +31 88 86 63350).

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