Modelling of diesel electric propulsion

I Karakitsos, G Theotokatos

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Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP), in which the ship propeller is driven by electric motors and diesel-generator sets that provide the energy necessary to cover the demand in mechanical and electrical loads of a ship, is gaining ground in marine applications. This paper deals with alternative ways of modelling of DEP electrical and mechanical components in MATLAB/Simulink® and simulations that are carried out for an offshore supply vessel. Firstly, a comprehensive model for the diesel-generator set of the DEP, which includes the diesel engines and synchronous generators, is developed. Different types of short-circuits are imposed at the terminals of the generator in order to assess the transient response of the diesel engine-generator set, and to identify if any dangerous operations conditions arise. Furthermore, the development of a detailed model for the overall DEP that includes variable speed drives and propulsion motors has been implemented. Scenarios that correspond to realistic ship operating conditions have been simulated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Efficient Ships
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal Institution of Naval Architects
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781909024-601
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2016
EventEnergy Efficient Ships - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Nov 201624 Nov 2016


ConferenceEnergy Efficient Ships
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • diesel engine
  • electric generators
  • modelling
  • response at short-circuit faults
  • Matlab/Simulink simulation


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