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MAR3037 : Marine Engineering III

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alan J Murphy
  • Lecturer: Dr Ivan CK Tam, Dr Dawei Wu
  • 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

Re-establishment of basic operational principles of 2 and 4-stroke engines; history of engines. - Engine types, classification of marine engines; specific design details; Preliminary design calculations, engine thermodynamics; Exhaust and flue gas analysis; Exhaust emission control; Fuels and fuel systems, combustion chamber and valve design considerations; Lubricating oil Properties and treatment.; 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, Insulation, Containment systems, Boil-Off treatment, LNG propulsion systems, steam engines, gas turbines and dual-fuel diesel engines.
marine refrigeration and air-conditioning; theoretical concepts; practical applications and hardware; carriage of LNG; implications to machinery system; dual fuel machinery; safety; economics of reliquefaction; Refrigeration for cold-storage and air-conditioning; Revision of steady flow energy equation. Vapour compression cycles, flash chamber cycle; Compressors, evaporators and condensers. Refrigerants and the ozone layer; Absorption refrigerators.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:303:30Examination (1x2hour exam, 1x90min exam)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture202:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice117:0017:00Practical examples tutorial questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorial and feedback sessions
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity150:0050:00Review and study lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:3051:30General Revision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of lectures and tutorials which provide the easiest way for students to assimilate the knowledge content and define the scope of each of the syllabus topics (IKO1-6). In the tutorial sessions the students are provided with the opportunity to gain oral feedback from the lecturing staff.

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

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
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
MAR3137Marine Engineering III1N/A
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. The practical experiment assesses their ability to perform a piece of work, including experimental measurements, calculations, interpretation and presentation, without a tight time limit. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students would be required to sit an alternative examination in the December examination period.

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