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EPSRC Reference: GR/S85962/01
Title: Advanced Marine Electric Propulsion Systems (AMEPS)
Principal Investigator: Williamson, Professor S
Other Investigators:
Smith, Professor S Barnes, Professor M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Carnival Group Rolls-Royce Plc (UK)
Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2005 Ends: 31 December 2007 Value (£): 163,173
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Electric Motor & Drive Systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Transport Systems and Vehicles
Related Grants:
GR/S86761/01 GR/S86778/01
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Integrated Full Electric Propulsion (IFEP) systems utilising gas turbines, diesel generators, flexible electrical power distribution and advanced propulsion drives are now a realisable power system solution for the next generation of marine vessels. Significant benefits are anticipated from such systems, including increased productivity, reduced through-life cost, enhanced performance and a reduction in harmful emissions. To fully realise the benefits offered through IFEP technology, a systems engineering approach must be adopted throughout the complete design and procurement cycle. The objective of this proposal is to develop such an approach with emphasis placed on integrated system simulation and integrated protection and control system design, of both the mechanical and electrical system, taking advantage of a unique academic partnership that encompasses strong competencies in all areas applicable to marine power systems: electrical power systems and networks at Strathclyde University; machines and drives at UMIST; and, gas turbines at Cranfield University. Underpinning the development of the integrated simulation environment will be a close coupling between simulation/modelling and laboratory experimentation that will enable the models to be validated against test data. In addition, connection of the laboratory equipment to the Strathclyde University Real-Time Facility, will allow the impact of system interaction on the equipment to be assessed in a controlled and repeatable manner.
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