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Marine Diesel Engine Plants

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Christopher Friedrich Wirz

Course Format:

3 Hours Lecture, 1 Hour Exercise


Summer Semester



Recommended Previous Knowledge:

Students should have basic knowledge of internal combustion engines and marine engineering through the lecture courses: "Fundamentals of Marine Engineering / Grundlagen des Schiffsmaschinenbaus" and "Internal Combustion Engines I / "Verbrennungsmotoren I" (HSU-Prof. Thiemann)


  • Introduction (Ideal/real cycles, definitions, operating characteristics)
  • Interaction of ship, propeller and engine
  • Engine design (Four- and two-stroke engines)
  • Mixture formation, combustion and gas exchange
  • Turbocharging
  • Injection and combustion of heavy fuel oils
  • Lubrication systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Vibrations and foundations of engines
  • Examples of marine propulsion plants

Learning Outcomes:

The course is intended to provide basic and special information on design and operation of marine diesel engine plant with reference also to diesel power stations

Reading Resources:

  • Vorlesungsunterlagen
  • Pounder´s: Marine Diesel Engines
  • Mollenhauer: Handbuch Dieselmotoren
  • Meier-Peter: “Handbuch Schiffsbetriebstechnik”
  • Projektunterlagen von Motorenherstellern

Performance Record:

Written examination and oral test


150 hours total


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Friedrich Wirz (

Credit points of this module can be found in the course plan for the corresponding course of study.

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