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Impact of defective turbocharging system on the safety and reliability of large marine diesel engine


Anantharaman, A and Islam, R and Sardar, A and Garaniya, V and Khan, F, Impact of defective turbocharging system on the safety and reliability of large marine diesel engine, TransNav, 15, (1) pp. 189-194. ISSN 2083-6473 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12716/1001.15.01.19


Today huge capacity sea-going vessels are propelled by mega high-powered marine diesel ‎engines, referred to as Main Engine. Turbocharging system is an integral part of large marine diesel engine plant, ‎contributing to their safety, reliability, and efficiency. Defects in the turbocharging system ‎could result in higher fuel consumption, erratic running of the Main Engine, and in the worst ‎scenario may result in the stoppage of the Main Engine at sea. An inefficient turbocharging system may also cause major damage to turbochargers, resulting in undesirable accidents out at sea. To ‎avoid such undesirable accidents and ensure smooth operations of the Main Engine, it is required to ‎address this concern. The aim of this research is to study the turbocharging system for a ‎large Main Engine using a Kongsberg engine ‎simulator. Various malfunction of the ‎Turbocharging system is considered, relevant data is collected and analysed. ‎Moreover, a Fault Tree Analysis, (FTA) is considered to identify the top undesirable event ‎which is the failure of the Main Engine. Based on the results of this study, various steps ‎are suggested to avoid failure of the Main Engine due to the defective turbocharging ‎system.‎

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine power plant, diesel engine, large marine diesel engine, turbocharging system, safety and reliability, fault tree analysis (FTA), main engine, maximum continuous rating (MCR)
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Autonomous water vehicles
UTAS Author:Anantharaman, A (Dr Mohan Anantharaman)
UTAS Author:Islam, R (Dr T M Rabiul Islam)
UTAS Author:Sardar, A (Mr Abdullah Sardar)
UTAS Author:Garaniya, V (Associate Professor Vikram Garaniya)
UTAS Author:Khan, F (Professor Faisal Khan)
ID Code:144950
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2021-06-22
Last Modified:2021-09-16
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