This module introduces the fundamental principles, design and analysis of ship power plants, drive trains and auxiliary systems found on-board marine vehicles.
Students will be introduced to the operational principles, machinery configurations, performance characteristics, efficiency measures, thermodynamic cycles and vibration analysis required in the design and analysis of marine engineering systems.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Formulate and apply vibration analysis to estimate the response of marine engineering systems
- Through critical assessment, understand the role, design and selection of marine engineering systems
- Describe the engineering principles of marine propulsion systems, arrangements, layouts and drivetrain components
- Discuss performance characteristics and efficiency measures required in the design and analysis of marine engineering systems.
- Apply thermodynamic principles to assess the performance of marine propulsion and auxiliary systems
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- M1 The students apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, and engineering principles to the solution of complex marine engineering problems. This is assessed in the tutorials and group coursework, where specifically there is an expectation of reading about the latest developments in a marine engineering context. It is also assessed in the final assessment. M2 In the group assignment the students collect data and are expected to analyse it to reach conclusions for a marine engineering problem, often where the available data is incomplete or uncertain. As part of the vibration laboratory, the student collect their own data and use their own engineering judgement in its analysis. M3 As part of the vibration laboratory the students must select appropriate analysis techniques for understanding the data its limitations. M4 As part of the group coursework, students are expected to gather information from technical literature to make informed decisions about the marine engineering aspects of a specific vessel. M12 The vibration laboratory requires the students to experimentally gather data from vibrating systems representative of marine engineering systems. M13 As part of the group assignment the students are given a specific vessel type and are expected to select and apply appropriate equipment and engineering technologies understanding their limitations. C16 The group assignment requires group work, and possibly leadership of that group. The laboratory and tutorial assessments are individual assignments.
- Main Propulsion: Principles of operation, performance characteristics, thermodynamic cycles and efficiency of marine power plants including diesel engines, steam and gas turbines.
- Drive-train: Design of propulsion arrangements, configurations and components including slow speed, medium speed, diesel-electric, hybrid and electric propulsion systems.
- Vibration: Analysis of lateral and torsional vibration modes in ship plants including transmissibility and vibration isolation, rotating unbalance, shaft whirling and multi-degree of freedom systems.
- Auxiliary systems: Design of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, thermodynamic cycles and performance of refrigeration systems.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include
- Laboratory class.
Learning activities include
- Worked examples during lectures.
- Tutorial exercises based on lecture material.
- Laboratory class.
|Supervised time in studio/workshop
|Completion of assessment task
|Practical classes and workshops
|Preparation for scheduled sessions
|Wider reading or practice
|Total study time
Resources & Reading list
Various papers. in Trans. RINA, IMarEST and SNAME
Carry forward coursework: if carrying a pass mark for the coursework.
If coursework failed an individual coursework comprising all aspects of the courseworks listed above in a formal report required.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Quizzes and Tutorials
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External