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Marine and power plant engines

Individual course

Learning outcomes: The course is designed to provide students with knowhow and knowledge in the fundamentals of gas and diesel engine technology.

Content and objectives: Operation principles of different power plant engines. Fundamentals of basic engine parameters, combustion, crankshaft mechanism and supercharging.

Combustion engines will remain to be the prime mover and important energy system component for the next decades. The course provides the current state of the art in engine solutions and teaches good engineering practice in the domain.

After passing the course, the student can

  • present and classify the gas and diesel engine types
  • solve problems concerning the relative air-fuel ratio, power output, fuel conversion efficiency and specific fuel consumption of an engine and explain how various factors affect the efficiency and obtained power output
  • calculate combustion chemistry issues like intake air and exhaust flow rates and the composition of the exhaust
  • describe the combustion phenomena of the engines and the factors affecting the quality of combustion, and solve problems of the injection system
  • present how the injection systems function and describe their construction
  • solve problems related to crank mechanism and torsional vibration
  • present the mechanism of torsional vibrations and list damping solutions
  • solve problems of supercharging systems and describe supercharging systems and the construction of superchargers
  • describe the structures of the main engine components and list their materials.

The course develops problem solving and decision-making skills, critical thinking, analytical way of working and literal expression. The course also promotes life-long learning as well as R&D and marketing readiness.

On the course there will be co-operation with Wärtsilä. The course is organised online.

Online exam schedule:

  • 1st exam on Friday, 27.11.2020 at 12:00
  • Re-takes 15.1.2021 at 12:00 and 26.2.2021 at 12:00

More information in University of Vaasa’s WebOodi course page.

Responsible teacher

University of Vaasa
Maciej Mikulski , Associate professor

Contact person for applications

Monica Sandberg , Study services designer
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Technical studies
Energy engineering
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Host university:
University of Vaasa
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
Teaching methods:
General prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of physics and chemistry
Study suitable for:
The courses are especially suitable for master's level students with some background knowledge of physics and chemistry
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