Design of Propulsion and Electric Power Generation Systems.

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This book provides a wealth of information on the design of propulsion and electric power generation systems, including the underlying science, focusing primarily on marine systems engineering. It is the ideal study guide for university and high school students as well as a source of reference for marine engineers for the daily application of physical principles to practical problems.

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The book sets out the fundamental principles of marine engineering and then discusses propulsion and electric power, energy conversion, power plant concepts, main machinery, diesel engines, gas turbines, electrical components, propellers, matching propulsion engine to propeller, and ship fuel consumption and exhaust emission.


Written by Hans Klein Woud and Douwe Stapersma, the book is based on some 30 years of practical experience with the design of machinery systems, mainly for naval ships. Both authors have worked on the design of propulsion, electric power generation and auxiliary systems for frigates, submarines and patrol ships. They have lectured on marine engineering at the Delft University of Technology and at the Royal Netherlands Naval College.


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Chapter 1 Introduction to Marine Engineering

1.1 Learning goals

1.2 Introducing marine engineering as systems engineering

1.3 Functional decomposition: functions, systems and components

1.3.1 Ship functions

1.3.2 Ship systems and components

1.4 Underlying principles of marine engineering


Chapter 2 Underlying Physical Principles

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Basic thermodynamic principles

2.2.1 First law of thermodynamics

2.2.2 Second law of thermodynamics

2.2.3 Ideal gas model

2.3 Basic electric principles

2.3.1 Electrical components

2.3.2 Kirchhoff’s laws

2.3.3 Voltage and current in basic electrical networks

2.3.4 Direct and alternating current

2.3.5 Magnetic induction


Chapter 3 Propulsion and Electric Power

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Main components of the propulsion system

3.3 Main components of electric power plant

3.4 Resistance and propulsion

3.4.1 Hull resistance

3.4.2 Propulsion

3.4.3 Propulsion chain

3.5 Electric power demand

3.6 Load and drive characteristics

3.6.1 Load characteristics

3.6.2 Drive characteristics

3.6.3 Combining load and drive characteristics


Chapter 4 Energy Conversion

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Types of energy

4.3 Types of energy conversion

4.3.1 Overview of energy conversions

4.3.2 Energy source --> mechanical energy

4.3.3 Mechanical energy --> mechanical energy

4.3.4 Mechanical energy <--> electric energy

4.3.5 Electric energy --> electric energy

4.3.6 Mechanical energy --> heat

4.3.7 Energy source --> electric energy

4.4 Energy flow diagram

4.4.1 Energy flow diagram and legend

4.4.2 System boundaries

4.4.3 Level of detail


Chapter 5 Power Plant Concepts

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Mechanical concepts

5.2.1 Energy flow diagram

5.2.2 Direct drive

5.2.3 Geared drive

5.2.4 Multiple shafts and combined drive

5.3 Electrical concepts

5.3.1 All electric ship concept

5.3.2 Electric drive of submarines

5.3.3 Hybrid drive

5.4 Redundancy

5.5 Engine room layout

5.5.1 The number of machinery spaces

5.5.2 The location of machinery spaces

5.5.3 The dimensions of machinery spaces

5.5.4 The arrangement of equipment


Chapter 6 An Overview of Main Machinery

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Prime movers

6.2.1 The diesel engine

6.2.2 The gas turbine

6.2.3 The steam turbine plant

6.2.4 Other prime movers

6.3 Marine fuels

6.3.1 Fuel types

6.3.2 Fuel properties

6.3.3 Fuel treatment

6.4 Transmission components

6.4.1 Shafting components

6.4.2 Couplings and clutches

6.4.3 Gearboxes

6.5 Electrical components

6.5.1 Electric motors

6.5.2 Generators

6.5.3 Converters

6.6 Propulsors

6.6.1 Introduction

6.6.2 The controllable pitch propeller

6.6.3 The waterjet

6.6.4 Other propulsors


Chapter 7 Diesel Engines

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Working principle

7.2.1 Cylinder geometry

7.2.2 The 4-stroke cycle

7.2.3 The 2-stroke cycle

7.3 The indicator diagram

7.3.1 The indicator (p–V) diagram

7.3.2 Indicated work

7.3.3 Mean indicated pressure

7.3.4 Mean effective pressure

7.4 Performance

7.4.1 Efficiency

7.4.2 Power and torque

7.4.3 Fuel consumption

7.4.4 Air consumption

7.4.5 Cylinder liner wear

7.4.6 Emissions

7.5 Pressure charging

7.5.1 Effect on mean effective pressure

7.5.2 Turbocharging

7.5.3 Two-stage turbocharging

7.6 Operating envelope

7.6.1 Naturally aspirating engine

7.6.2 One-stage turbocharged engine

7.6.3 Methods to broaden the engine characteristics

7.7 Power density

7.7.1 Specific power related to swept volume

7.7.2 Specific power related to bore area

7.7.3 Maximum power for a given specification

7.8 Thermodynamic analysis of the diesel engine

7.8.1 Background: air-standard cycles

7.8.2 Qualitative comparison of the air–standard cycles

7.8.3 Analytic formulation of the Seiliger cycle

7.8.4 Heat and work in the Seiliger cycle

7.8.5 Thermodynamic efficiency of the Seiliger cycle

7.8.6 Mean indicated pressure of the Seiliger cycle

7.8.7 Effect of design limitations to the Seiliger parameters

7.8.8 Performance of the diesel engine

7.9 Construction and installation

7.9.1 Construction

7.9.2 Installation


Chapter 8 Gas Turbines

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Working principle

8.3 The ideal simple Brayton cycle

8.3.1 Work and heat

8.3.2 Power density

8.3.3 The thermodynamic efficiency

8.4 The simple cycle with losses

8.4.1 Work and heat

8.4.2 Performance

8.5 Advanced cycles

8.5.1 The ideal regenerative cycle

8.5.2 The regenerative cycle with losses

8.5.3 The intercooled regenerative cycle

8.5.4 Cycle optimisation

8.5.5 The potential of advanced cycles

8.6 The operating envelope

8.6.1 The power/speed curve

8.6.2 Fuel consumption

8.6.3 Effect of ambient conditions and installation losses

8.7 Installation on board

8.8 Gas turbine technical data


Chapter 9 Electrical Components

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Electric motors

9.2.1 DC motors

9.2.2 Induction motors (AC)

9.2.3 Synchronous motors (AC)

9.3 AC generators

9.4 Power electronics and converters

9.4.1 Power electronic components

9.4.2 Rectifiers (AC–DC)

9.4.3 Choppers (DC–DC)

9.4.4 Inverters (DC–AC)

9.4.5 Synchro-converters (AC–DC–AC)

9.4.6 Pulse width modulation converters (AC–DC–AC)

9.4.7 Cyclo-converters (AC–AC)

9.4.8 Harmonic distortion

9.5 Examples of electric propulsion drives

9.5.1 DC motor drive

9.5.2 Variable speed AC motor drive


Chapter 10 Propellers

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Working principle

10.3 Performance

10.4 Open water diagram

10.5 Four quadrants diagrams

10.6 CP propellers

10.7 Propeller design using open water diagram

10.7.1 Optimum propeller diameter

10.7.2 Optimum propeller speed


Chapter 11 Matching Propulsion Engine to Propeller

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Basic matching of propeller and engine

11.3 Transformation of ship resistance to engine brake power

11.3.1 From ship resistance to propeller load

11.3.2 Special case: propeller load follows propeller law

11.3.3 From propeller load to brake engine power

11.4 Off-design conditions

11.4.1 Effect of off-design speed

11.4.2 Effect of added resistance

11.4.3 Effect of change of number of driven shafts

11.4.4 Effect of change of propeller pitch

11.4.5 Effect of change of number of engines per shaft

11.4.6 Effect of change of gear ratio

11.4.7 Effect of change of PTO

11.5 A simplified method of calculation

11.5.1 Linear and parabolic approximations of open water propeller curves

11.5.2 Application: new operating point with added resistance

11.6 Matching a propulsion engine and a waterjet


Chapter 12 Ship Fuel Consumption and Exhaust Emission

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Energy balance for a certain ship speed

12.2.1 Propulsion power

12.2.2 Auxiliary electric power

12.2.3 Transmission and generator losses

12.2.4 Total power and energy demand

12.2.5 Distribution over prime movers

12.3 Fuel consumption and exhaust emission

12.3.1 Engine fuel and emission characteristics

12.3.2 Ship fuel consumption and exhaust emission per hour

12.3.3 Ship fuel consumption and exhaust emission per mile

12.4 Range and endurance

12.4.1 Range

12.4.2 Endurance

12.5 Annual fuel consumption and exhaust emission

12.5.1 Operational profile

12.5.2 Ship fuel consumption and exhaust emission per year


List of References and Further Reading


Exercises Annex



Title: Design of Propulsion and Electric Power Generation Systems.
Number of Pages: 530
Product Code: WS1723K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-849-6 (9781856098496), ISBN 10: 1-85609-849-4 (1856098494)
Published Date: November 2019
Weight: 1.80 kg
Author: IMarEST

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