Design for Modularity

  • Stein Ove ErikstadEmail author


Design for modularity refers to decisions taken at the design stage of the ship lifecycle, addressing how we can decompose and encapsulate ship system elements to both improve design and manufacturing process efficiency and ship operational performance. At the design stage, modularity can concurrently support both standardization and diversification using a product platform strategy and thus lay the foundation for a configuration-based design process. In the production phase, modularity is relevant in supply chain design, modular production, early outfitting and outsourcing. In the operation phase, modularity implies flexibility, providing opportunities for adapting the vessels to changing markets, technologies, regulations and customer needs.


Modular design Modular adaptable ships Configuration-based design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marine TechnologyNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway

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