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Shipboard Propulsion, Power Electronics, and Ocean Energy

ISBN 9781138075443
Published April 10, 2017 by CRC Press
289 Pages 202 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Shipboard Propulsion, Power Electronics, and Ocean Energy fills the need for a comprehensive book that covers modern shipboard propulsion and the power electronics and ocean energy technologies that drive it. With a breadth and depth not found in other books, it examines the power electronics systems for ship propulsion and for extracting ocean energy, which are mirror images of each other.

Comprised of sixteen chapters, the book is divided into four parts:

  • Power Electronics and Motor Drives explains basic power electronics converters and variable-frequency drives, cooling methods, and quality of power
  • Electric Propulsion Technologies focuses on the electric propulsion of ships using recently developed permanent magnet and superconducting motors, as well as hybrid propulsion using fuel cell, photovoltaic, and wind power
  • Renewable Ocean Energy Technologies explores renewable ocean energy from waves, marine currents, and offshore wind farms
  • System Integration Aspects discusses two aspects—energy storage and system reliability—that are essential for any large-scale power system

This timely book evolved from the author’s 30 years of work experience at General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Westinghouse Electric and 15 years of teaching at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

As a textbook, it is ideal for an elective course at marine and naval academies with engineering programs. It is also a valuable reference for commercial and military shipbuilders, port operators, renewable ocean energy developers, classification societies, machinery and equipment manufacturers, researchers, and others interested in modern shipboard power and propulsion systems.

The information provided herein does not necessarily represent the view of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or the U.S. Department of Transportation.

This book is a companion to Shipboard Electrical Power Systems (CRC Press, 2011), by the same author.

Table of Contents

Chapters include Questions and Further Reading. Part A also includes end-of-chapter problems.

Part A: Power Electronics and Motor Drives

Power Electronics Devices
DC-DC Converters
AC-DC-AC Converters
Variable Frequency Drives
Quality of Power
Power Converter Cooling

Part B: Electric Propulsion Technologies

Electric Propulsion Systems
Propulsion Motors
Superconductors in Navy Ships
Fuel Cell Power
Hybrid Propulsion

Part C: Emerging Ocean Energy Technologies

Ocean Wave Power
Marine Current Power
Offshore Wind Power

Part D: System Integration Aspects

Large-Scale Energy Storage
System Reliability Fundamentals


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Mukund R. Patel, PhD, PE, is a professor of engineering at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, USA. He has over 45 years of hands-on involvement in research, development, and design of the state-of-the-art electrical power equipment and systems. He has held positions including principal engineer at General Electric, fellow engineer at the Westinghouse Research and Development Center, senior staff engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, and development manager at Bharat Bijlee (Siemens) Limited. Dr. Patel obtained his PhD degree in Electric Power Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, and his MS in Engineering Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an ME in Electrical Machine Design from Gujarat University, and a BE from Sardar University, India.


"I think the approach is sound in the development of the materials and the sequence in which they are covered by the book. … the book ties many diverse areas of electrical power system design and operation together nicely. … the material presented is covered in sufficient depth for use by students to better comprehend the unique requirements that go into the design and operation of variable frequency drives in both shipboard power system usage as well as other real world applications. ... an excellent addition to the curriculum for professional mariners. … instrumental to the proper operation of commercial and military seagoing vessels."
—Anthony J. Indelicato, U.S. Department of Energy (2006-Present), U.S. Naval Officer (Submarine Qualified) (1995-2006)

"I have taught this course and see a good fit for this book. … Its collection of diverse topics are generally not taught together. This book can be surely be used for multiple courses with some sections used in one class. … very well written, descriptive with examples covering different application domains. … This book not only fills the gap in application of power electronics in shipboard propulsion and ocean energy, but also does it in best possible way. It provides detailed examples in multiple related application domains. Writing a book covering such a diverse domain is tough, but the author has done a great job of relating those together and putting it nicely. This book provides balance between being highly technical and easily understandable."
—Anurag K Srivastava, Washington State University, Pullman, USA