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MAR3037 : Marine Engineering III

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alan J Murphy
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop knowledge and understanding of:

A1 - Refrigeration systems for cargo preservation, gas liquefaction and air conditioning.
A2 - Air conditioning systems.
A3 - Design, propulsion and operation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Carriers.
A4 – application of theory in practice for deeper comprehension of marine engines, Engine balancing and vibrations.

Outline Of Syllabus

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

Re-establishment of basic operational principles of 2 and 4-stroke engines. Engine types, classification of marine engines, design considerations, engine thermodynamics; 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.

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

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

Refrigeration for gas liquefaction: Gas compression cycles, use of recuperator, multi-stage refrigeration, the Linde process.

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00(Present-in-person) Module introduction/induction lecture (teaching week 1)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Listening to online lectures.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00PIP in classroom - worked examples/case studies /Q&A to go through applications of online material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:3026:30Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:303:30Closed book examinations - present in person - (1x2hour exam, 1x90min exam)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparing for and conduction formative assessment using example assessment questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Tutorial & feedback session. Q/A & Feedback (teaching weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching14:004:00Scheduled present-in-person laboratory sessions.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice115:0015:00Practicing application of the material & results from the practical sessions using tutorial q's
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities140:0040:00Book 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 study140:0040:00Review and study lecture material and notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of recorded and present-in person (PiP) lectures with accompanying slides and tutorials 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 (IKO1-6). Of the structured guided learning contact time, a blended approach in a 50:50 proportion of online and present-in-person (PiP) is used to facilitate an accessible and inclusive learning approach making full use of the advantages of both delivery formats. There are some online sessions for students to meet with lecturer and ask questions & get feedback. Face-to-face Present-in-person (PiP) class room sessions are used to discuss the taught material and go through worked examples and case-studies. If PiP activities cannot go ahead this can be replaced with a blend of Synchronous Online (SO) sessions and a greater emphasis on non-synchronous online materials.

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the 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. (ISO1-5).
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.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions. It can be replaced with a description of the lab using online materials including re-recorded data if PiP Sessions cannot go ahead.

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
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 and the other (2.0hr) examines the LO’s across the full range of the rest of the syllabus.

Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.

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