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MAR3037 : Marine Engineering III

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Aspden
  • Lecturer: Dr Ben Wetenhall
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To develop knowledge and understanding of:

A1 - Refrigeration systems for cargo preservation, gas liquefaction and air conditioning systems.
A2 - Application of theory in practice for deeper comprehension of marine engines, Engine balancing and

Outline Of Syllabus

Revision of relevant thermodynamic theory relevant to engines, refrigeration and psychrometry.

Operational principles of 2 and 4-stroke engines. Engine types, classification of marine engines, design considerations, engine thermodynamic cycles; exhaust and flue gas analysis; exhaust emissions and their control; fuels and fuel systems; balancing, noise and vibration: calculation of torsional vibration modes and natural frequencies; engine test analysis.

Marine refrigeration and air-conditioning, theoretical concepts, practical applications and hardware. Refrigeration for cold-storage and air-conditioning; vapour compression cycles, gas compression cycles, flash chamber cycle; compressors, evaporators and condensers.

Air conditioning: Humidity definitions, the psychometric chart, wet and dry bulb temperature, comfort charts, types of air conditioning system, Gibbs-Dalton law, recirculation ratios and contact factors.

Transport of liquefied gases: sea transport of LNG, types of LG carriers, safety, insulation, containment systems, boil-off treatment

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion53:0015:00Preparing for and conduction formative assessment using example assessment questions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:303:30Closed book examinations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Work through examples/case studies /Q&A to go through applications of online material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion102:0020:00Examination Revision
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Listening to online lectures.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice151:0015:00Practicing application of the material & results from the practical sessions using tutorial q's
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching16:306:30laboratory sessions.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities202:0040:00Book chapters, worked example reviews, websites, academic papers, conference papers
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0030:00Reviewing teaching materials including making notes and undertaking worked examples
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study202:0040:00Review and study lecture material and notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of recordings and lectures/problem classes with accompanying slides and tutorial sheets, provided to support guided learning. This provides an easy and accessible way for students to assimilate the knowledge content and define the scope of each of the syllabus topics.

Lecture/tutorial sessions are used to discuss the taught material and go through worked examples and case-studies.

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the recorded lecture material, supported with reading and tutorial question practice in their own time and at their own pace. Some of this time is dedicated to conducting formative assessment with full solutions provided to assessment questions to inform student learning and self- monitor progress through the material.

The laboratory class provides an opportunity for practical application of some of the taught material. It develops practical skills and demonstrates the relevance of the taught material. In addition it highlights the differences between pure theory and practical application and provides the students with the opportunity to develop systematic scientific methods, including data collection, recording and data analysis under time-limited conditions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A20N/A
Written Examination1201A80N/A
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MExam style questions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examinations afford 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 exams also afford students an opportunity to demonstrate numeracy and literacy and associated cognitive skills. One of the examinations
(1.5hr) focusses on the student experience in the laboratory (IKO1,3;
ISO1,3,4) and the other (2.0hr) examines the LO's across the full range of the rest of the syllabus (IKO1-5; ISO1-5).

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