Design of Propulsion and Electric Power Generation Systems

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November 2019
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This publication is a guide to the design of propulsion and electric power generation systems. It concentrates primarily on marine systems engineering.

The guide to the design of propulsion and electric power generation systems covers the following topics:

  • The principles of marine engineering
  • the main components of propulsion and electric power supply systems
  • the resistance and propulsion characteristics of ships and the electric power demand
  • energy conversion
  • the operating principles and characteristics of machinery and equipment on board (including diesel engines, gas turbines, electric motors and screw type propellers)
  • matching the propulsion engine to propeller
  • ship fuel consumption and exhaust emission.

An Exercises Annex is included, which contains practical examples to help understand and reinforce the concepts within this publication.


This book is based on some 30 years of practical experience with the design of machinery systems, mainly for naval ships. Both authors have worked on the design of propulsion, electric power generation and auxiliary systems for frigates, submarines and patrol ships. They have lectured on marine engineering at the Delft University of Technology and at the Royal Netherlands Naval College. The book is intended as study material for university and polytechnic high school students, but also as a reference for marine engineers working in the field.

Marine engineering covers the design and operation of machinery and electrical systems and much less the design of the equipment used within these systems. The main topic, consequently, is systems engineering, which involves the design of marine systems, based on the functions which have to be performed on a ship, with a certain task or mission.

There are exercises included in the Exercises Annex at the back of this book. The reader is encouraged to undergo these exercises because it helps to understand the contents of the book. When the exercises are a straightforward application of previously dealt with topics, there is no worked out solution, only the resulting answers. In other cases the solution to the exercise has been worked out.

The book does not cover the control, monitoring and auxiliary (cooling, lubrication, compressed air and fuel) systems necessary for the power plant. Neither does it cover the dynamic behaviour of propulsion and power generation systems or vibration analysis of drive trains.


About the authors


Chapter 1: Introduction to Marine Engineering

Chapter 2: Underlying Physical Principles

Chapter 3: Propulsion and Electric Power

Chapter 4: Energy Conversion

Chapter 5: Power Plant Concepts

Chapter 6: An Overview of Main Machinery

Chapter 7: Diesel Engines

Chapter 8: Gas Turbines

Chapter 9: Electrical Components

Chapter 10: Propellers

Chapter 11: Matching Propulsion Engine to Propeller

Chapter 12: Ship Fuel Consumption and Exhaust Emission

List of References and Further Reading

Exercises Annex



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Number of Pages:
Binding Format:
Book Height:
245 mm
Book Width:
190 mm
1.8 kg

Hans Klein Woud and Douwe Stapersma

Published Date:
November 2019
Publication Date:
August 2019