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MAR8178 : Advanced Marine Propulsion Technology

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • Lecturer: Dr Maryam Haroutunian, Professor Pengfei Liu, Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to:
Define the technical factors which affect the design and operation of high speed and advanced craft.
Explore different propulsion arrangements of advanced marine vessels.
Examine hullform designs of advanced marine vessels
Provide students with the knowledge for appraising fuels for low emission propulsion.

Outline Of Syllabus

High speed marine craft require innovative solutions to operate efficiently and effectively. Similarly, the maritime industry is looking towards radical solutions to meet the 2050 climate targets. Over the next decades we will see revolutionary new ship designs in terms of function, form and efficiencies. In tandem there will be a sharp uptake in novel retrofit technologies for existing ships, especially as these will need to operate in 2050 and beyond. This module covers several technological innovations for specialist, high speed and advanced craft, as well as more environmentally friendly vessels.
The syllabus comprises:
•       Predicting and analysing the performance of planing mono-hull craft
•       Evaluating the requirements of water-jet and other high-speed propulsion mechanisms
•       Principles of renewable energy propulsion devices
•       Working principles of advanced marine craft
•       Evaluating the use of fuels and associated technologies for emission mitigation
Learning will be formatively assessed throughout the module through exercises and tutorials. The module will be summatively assessed through both a project-based exercise and written examination. The project based exercise will culminate in a technical report and demonstrate how the taught theory can be used practically to estimate powering requirements of high-speed craft.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion148:0048:00Preparation, and completion of Coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture202:0040:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudySkills practice114:0014:00Practice of skills related to programming for completion of coursework
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities124:0024:00Research based on practical demonstrations
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities126:0026:00Study and review of materials pertaining to coursework
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity148:0048:00Study and review of learning material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of lectures, tutorials and online resources which provide students with a structured format to assimilate the knowledge content and define the scope of each of the syllabus topics (ISO1-4, IKO1-4).

Exercise and tutorial sessions provide students with the opportunity to gain feedback which enhances their learning which can be further applied in their summative assessment.

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

Time is allocated for students to both research and complete the coursework activity.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202M70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M30Assessment to determine the characteristics of a planning craft in different loading conditions (arrival and departure).
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
Written exercise2MDescription of instabilities that may arise in high speed craft, and how they can be minimised.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Written Examination allows the students to demonstrate their basic knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as to demonstrate their problem-solving skills through short subject specific problems, under time constraints. This is similar to time constrained problems found in an industry setting.
The Problem-Solving Exercise allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and practical application of assessing the performance of a high-speed craft. This is a substantial element and requires numerical problem-solving techniques using a personal computer.(ISO1-4, IKO1-4)
The Formative Assessment is used to emphasise to students the criticality of assessing dynamic stability to prevent disastrous consequences. This feedback is also useful to both summative assessments.

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