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The Development and Application of a Marine Power System Simulator for Marine Engineer Training

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For marine engineer training, marine power system analysis and fault diagnoses, a marine power system simulator (MPSS) is proposed here. It has been developed by applying system simulation techniques. The main techniques employed were marine power system modeling, microcomputer control, and local area network communication. Some functions and typical fault simulations produced with the MPSS are introduced. These operations are particularly useful for marine engineer training. A marine power system model is built by applying the power system dynamic stability theory. The power system model is the most important element in the simulator. The system model is made of a diesel engine generator, induction motor, power network, and so on. Many simulation results were obtained, such as starting the lubricating oil pump and a power network three-phase ground fault. Because the system offers online control, local area network communication, and human–machine interface of information, this MPSS is used extensively in marine engineer training where the standard is professional skill in marine electrical technology. The system has been used to meet the standards of the STCW78/95 international convention in many marine companies and training centers in China with good results.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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