2.611 / 2.612 Marine Power and Propulsion

Fall 2006

A submarine emerges from the ocean amidst white foam.
The Swedish Navy's Gotland class submarines use two Stirling cycle engines as an adjunct to their main diesel-electric engineering plants to provide underwater endurance up to several weeks. This was the first air independent propulsion system to enter regular submarine service. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Navy.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes and a full set of assignments with solutions.

Course Description

This course discusses the selection and evaluation of commercial and naval ship power and propulsion systems. It will cover the analysis of propulsors, prime mover thermodynamic cycles, propeller-engine matching, propeller selection, waterjet analysis, and reviews alternative propulsors. The course also investigates thermodynamic analyses of Rankine, Brayton, Diesel, and Combined cycles, reduction gears and integrated electric drive. Battery operated vehicles and fuel cells are also discussed. The term project requires analysis of alternatives in propulsion plant design for given physical, performance, and economic constraints. Graduate students complete different assignments and exams.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m, .xmcd, .avi, and .fig.

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Prof. David Burke
Prof. Michael Triantafyllou

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate