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TMR4290 - Marine Electric Power and Propulsion Systems

Autumn 2016/Spring 2017

Examination arrangement
Examination arrangement:Portfolio assessment
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Written examination



Examination aids

4 hours

Course content
The main objective of the course is to give the students an introduction to electro-technical
engineering and an understanding of marine electric power systems on ships and platforms, which is
of importance for management, engineering, design, and analysis.
The course starts with an introduction to electric analysis techniques, with basis on electro-technical
concepts, laws, and properties for electric systems, such as circuit analysis, electric power, 1-phase
and 3-phase systems, phasor diagrams, electro-magnetic energy conversion, and physical principles
of transformers and electric machinery.
The course continues with a study of electric machines, motors, and propulsion drives, electric power
generation and distribution, power management systems (PMS), operational issues, and class rules
and methods for independent testing and veri cation.

Learning outcome
At the end of the course, the student should be able:
- describe basic electro-technical laws and methods for understanding and analysis of simple electric
circuits, and to apply these to calculate relevant parameters.
- de ne electrical power in single- and three-phase AC circuits and relate this to typical marine
electrical power plants, to calculate generated or consumed power by electrical machines, and to
demonstrate insight in power ow in marine electric distributions.
- explain the principles of operation and energy conversion of transformers and rotating electrical
machines, and to model these by use of equivalent electric circuits for the purpose of circuit analysis
of marine electrical power plants.
- describe typical electrical propulsion drives and explain their properties and di erences of

- propose an electric distribution and electric propulsion drives for a typical marine vessel based on
the speci cation, operational pro le, and class rules.
- explain the main principles of diesel-electric power generation in terms of engine speed, electric
frequency, excitation system, and system voltage, to model the speed dynamics of a diesel engine
and to relate this to the generated electric frequency, and to model the generator excitation system
and relate this to the system voltage.
- describe how to connect a generator set to a power bus, to explain the principles of power load
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parallel connected generator sets, and to explain the behavior of connected

generators due to power load changes and faults.

- de ne a power management system (PMS), to describe typical PMS topologies, to explain its main
functions, and to design, implement, and test some PMS functions in software.
- understand and explain the main class rules and regulations, including important terms and
concepts, applicable for marine electric power plants, to explain alternative classi cation notations,
and to describe relevant methods for veri cation and testing of di erent parts of the electrical
- write project reports with a clear and concise exposition of results, assessments, and conclusions,
and to orally present the results of a project assignment in a clear and e cient manner, within time
- conduct academic studies and written work in an honest and ethical manner, without any sort of
plagiarism in work assignment, project reports, and presentations.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises (calculation and computer exercises). Portfolio assessment is the basis for the
grade in the course. The portfolio includes a written exam (70%) and project works (30%). The results
for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
Postponed/repeated exams may be oral. Examination papers will be given in English only. Students
are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments
Project work

Speci c conditions
Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester, or that
compulsory activities are approved in a previous semester.

Recommended previous knowledge

TFY4102 Physics, TTK4105 Control Systems, and TMR4310 Marine Technology - Machinery, or

Course materials
- Patel, M.R., Shipboard electrical power systems, CRC Press, 1st ed, 2012.
- Bird, J., Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology, Elsevier, 4th ed, 2010.

- Lecture notes

- Compendium
- Relevant articles and presentations.

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Study level:Second degree level

Term no.:1
Teaching semester:SPRING 2017
No.of lecture hours:3
Lab hours:2
No.of specialization hours:7
Language of instruction:English

Subject area(s)

Marine Civil Engineering

Marine Operation and Maintenance Engineering
Marine Cybernetics
Marine System Design
Marine Technology
Marine Topics
Marine Structures
Marine Engineering
Contact information

Course coordinator:
Roger Skjetne
Nicolas Lefebvre
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology
Marinteknisk senter, 2. etasje, Otto Nielsens veg 10
Phone: 73 59 55 30


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