Title: A solution for improved simulation efficiency of a multi-domain marine power system model

Authors: Jeroen D. Schuddebeurs, Patrick J. Norman, Ian M. Elders, Stuart J. Galloway, Campbell D. Booth, Graeme M. Burt, Judith M. Apsley

Addresses: Efficiency and Infrastructure, Power Systems and Information Technology, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands, Westerduinweg 3, Petten 1755 LE, The Netherlands. ' Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde, Royal College Building, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW, UK. ' Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde, Royal College Building, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW, UK. ' Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde, Royal College Building, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW, UK. ' Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde, Royal College Building, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW, UK. ' Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde, Royal College Building, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW, UK. ' School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Sackville St. Building, P.O. Box 88, Manchester, M60 1QD, UK

Abstract: Integrated Full Electric Propulsion (IFEP) marine power systems offer increased design flexibility and operational economy by supplying ship propulsion and service loads from a common electrical system. Predicting the behaviour of IFEP systems through simulation is important in reducing the design risk. However, the prevalence of power electronics and the potential for interaction between large electrical and mechanical systems introduce significant simulation challenges. This paper presents an integrated simulation tool, which brings together electrical, mechanical, thermal and hydrodynamic models, facilitating a holistic simulation capability. Approaches adopted for model validation and computational efficiency together with two case studies are discussed.

Keywords: IFEP; integrated full electric propulsion; marine power systems; multi-domain modelling; multi-rate simulation; computational efficiency; model validation; ship propulsion; power electronics; electrical modelling; mechanical modelling; thermal modelling; hydrodynamic modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2010.032659

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2010 Vol.6 No.1, pp.67 - 77

Available online: 11 Apr 2010 *

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