MAR3071 : Fundamentals of Marine Engineering

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop knowledge and understanding of:

A1 Fundamentals of ship propulsion regarding design and performance
A2 Propeller design methods and principles of unconventional propulsors
A3 Methods of estimating ship resistance and power requirements
A4 Basic matching of engine and propeller
A5 Propulsion (machinery) systems and selection, including electrical power and propulsion, power take- off systems and fuel efficiency.

Outline Of Syllabus

An overview of hydrodynamic design of propeller; propeller design methods; general momentum theory; blade element theory; standard series propeller design; unconventional propellers.

Ship resistance estimates: resistance components; methods used to estimate different resistance components; efficiency losses in propulsion system.

Propeller-engine matching and off design conditions propulsion machinery systems; power-take off systems; various propulsion system design case studies.

Design aspect of Marine Engineering Systems; Derivation of mathematical models for basic mechanical, fluid power, thermal and electrical systems; standard first and second order transfer functions.

Basic elements of an electric propulsion system, Single and three-phase power calculations, DC and AC electric motor operation, Power electronic devices and basic converter circuits, Basic propulsion control configurations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Examination revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Examination
Guided Independent StudySkills practice115:0015:00Practical examples tutorial questions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Review and study lecture materials and notes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00General revision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of lectures and tutorials which provide the easiest way for students to assimilate the knowledge content and define the scope of each of the syllabus topics (IKO1-7). In the tutorial sessions the students are provided with the opportunity to gain oral feedback from the lecturing staff.

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the lecture material, in their own time and at their own pace (ISO1-8).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination affords students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and possession of subject specific and key skills. The medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within a syllabus under time-limited conditions, this being a valuable metric for any subsequent employer.

The unseen exam also affords students an opportunity to demonstrate numeracy and literacy and associated cognitive skills. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

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