Date of Award


Thesis Date


Degree Type

Honors Thesis-Unrestricted

Degree Name



Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Degree Program

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering


Brandon Taravella


This thesis documents the development of a computational method for wave induced longitudinal bending in ships. First, there will be a discussion about the importance of longitudinal bending in ship design. The paper will then outline the basic physics at work in the system. It will review the wave forcing computation as well as the response of the vessel. It will then document the progression of the program, which was constructed in Fortran 90, as it solves the linear differential equation for the vessel bending caused by an incoming wave. The entire program then appears at the end of the paper. While the current program is not complete the theory behind it is valid and the code can be augmented to include non-linear components in the future.


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