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MAR8065 : Marine Power Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rosemary Norman
  • Lecturer: Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop knowledge and understanding of:

A1 – Transmission system design and its fundamentals,
A2 - Rationale for selection, analysis, optimisation and installation of transmission systems,
A3 – Understanding and design principles of marine electrical power systems
A4 - To analyse power network operation and electric machines
A5 - To analyse operation of power electronic converters for electric propulsion systems.
A6 – To analyse propulsion, transmission and ship’s performance.

Outline Of Syllabus

Mechanical Power Transmission:

Transmission, types and applications; principle of gear design, geometry, definitions, flanks, involute and its properties; gear measurements and calculations, contact ratio, span width; gear efficiencies, calculation and optimisation.
Gear design: load analysis, bending and Hertzian stresses, design procedure and gearbox selection; gear design AGMA standard, load analysis, tooth stresses (fatigue, bending, surface durability), design procedure; Helical gears, AGMA standard and applications, transmission systems, combination of gear design and controllable pitch propellers, power matching and optimisation.

Electrical Power Transmission:

Overview of generation and AC and DC distribution systems; Operation and control of AC and DC electric machines; power system analysis; alternative electrical power generation including solar energy and an introduction to fuel cell systems; shore connections in port; power electronic converter circuits; propulsion control and operation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Scheduled Present-in-person lecture sessions to be recapped
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation and submission of coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Scheduled Present-in-person tutorial sessions
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity196:0096:00Review and study lecture materials and notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered through present in-person lectures supported by tutorial sessions and structured guided online materials to support the students’ learning. The lectures and structured materials define the scope of each of the syllabus topics (IKO1-7) whilst the tutorials provide the opportunity for students to practice their analytical skills.

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the lecture material, in their own time and at their own pace (ISO1-7).

Should the public health situation require it, the PiP lectures and tutorials will be replaced by additional structured, nonsynchronous online materials supported by synchronous online tutorial sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M25Coursework assignment, taking approximately 30 hours (approximately 2500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MCanvas quiz to provide formative feedback
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 coursework provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate written, planning and organising, problem solving, technical presentation, creativity and innovation, numeracy and computer literacy and associated cognitive skills. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

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. The coursework would be unaffected by this.

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