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EN486M: Propulsion and Ship Systems

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EN486M Propulsion and Ship Systems (3-0-3).

This course shows how selected shipboard machinery systems impact the ship design process and the resulting ship, as well as the characteristics of common machinery and distributive systems; design integration.


E. V. Lewis, Editor, Principles of Naval Architecture, Vol. II, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 1988.


  1. Understand the working principles of steam, diesel and gas turbine prime movers
  2. Be able to select a suitable prime mover for a given ship
  3. Be able to match an engine and propeller to a ship.
  4. Be able to develop a "one-line" electrical diagram and a load analysis for a ship.
  5. Understand piping diagrams and the principles of piping systems


1/C EOE or ENA major, or approval of department chair

Class Topics

  1. Principles of Steam Propulsion
  2. Diesel Engines
  3. Gas Turbines
  4. Reduction Gears
  5. Engine-Propeller Matching
  6. Electrical System Components
  7. Electrical Diagrams
  8. Electrical Load Analysis
  9. Piping System Components
  10. Piping Schematics
  11. Design of Piping Systems
  12. Auxiliary Machinery
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