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SJO740 - Marine propulsion systems
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-17 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNAV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering, Shipping and Marine Technology

No available places.
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Maximum participants: 50

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   21 Mar 2015 pm L,  14 Apr 2015 am L,  19 Aug 2015 am L

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Universitetslektor  Cecilia Gabrielii
Professor  Rickard Bensow

Course evaluation:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Mathematics (including mathematical statistics, numerical analysis and multi-variable calculus), Mechanics and strength Engineering materials, and Thermodynamics.


The objective of the course is to give the students knowledge and tools in designing and analyzing the propulsion system of a large commercial vessel. This involves knowledge and tools in systems engineering to be used for preliminary design of general complex systems and specifically marine machinery systems. Attention is given to primary function of the systems as well as to secondary requirements and effects including reliability, economy and environmental impact. Moreover, the basic hydrodynamics properties of the propeller and propeller design principles will be covered.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Apply the abstract function analysis of the machine systems relating to the requirements of ship owners and other users of the ship.

- Collect information and generate concepts for arbitrary marine machinery systems.

- Evaluate concepts and develop a general layout of a machinery system.

- Describe and discuss the properties of the systems, document and communicate the results.

- Identify and discuss the impact of the IMO emission regulations and the techniques to fulfil these requirements.

- Explain the function of the propeller through principles of momentum theory.

- Apply the ITTC procedures to determine propeller requirements from self propulsion tests.

- Choose an appropriate propeller given necessary thrust and machinery characteristics.

- Explain and evaluate the effects of interaction between hull and propulsor and how this affects the propeller design.


A large part of the course is problem oriented in the sense that assignment tasks will run in parallel with lectures given on different topics. An essential part of the course is a task to make a general arrangement of an engine room for a commercial ship, starting with mission analysis, customer identification followed by functional analysis, compiling engine systems data, engine systems concept generation and evaluations and ending up with writing a project report and presenting this at a seminar. A smaller project concerning supporting systems and their importance in the overall ship concept will be part of the students task as well. Both projects will be performed in small teams.

Lectures will cover Systems Engineering as well as the functions and most important features of engines, transmissions and propeller systems. Required propulsion power, efficiency and reliability will be analyzed as well as the environmental impact of different candidate solutions.

Apart from the design task, practical parts of the course include simulations of engine systems, study tours to a ship engine room and to a propeller manufacturer, as well as computer simulations determining propeller characteristics.


The course comprises of lectures, exercises, design projects, assignment tasks and study visits.


- The maritime engineering reference book: a guide to ship design, construction and operation Molland A and Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN: 9780080560090 (e-book)
- Ship Propulsion Dyne G, Bark G. 2005
- Handouts supporting the lectures will be provided through the course

Reference literature:
-Introduction to Marine Engineering, Taylor D.A., Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd 1990, ISBN 0 7506 0752 1 (e-book)
- Design of propulsion and electric power generation systems Woud HK and Stapersma D, Imarest Publ, ISBN 1-902536-47-9
- Engineering Design Methods Cross, Nigel: , ISBN 0471 872504


Written exam, passed design projects, seminar discussions and assignments

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