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Marine Propulsion System Failures—A Review

Marine Engineering Department, Faculty of Maritime Studies, University of Rijeka, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Faculty of Marine Engineering, Gdynia Maritime University, 81-225 Gdynia, Poland
Institute Pascal CNRS-UMR 6602, University Clermont Auvergne, 63001 Clermont-Ferrand, France
EPF Engineering School, ERMESS, 92330 Sceaux, France
Maritime Department, University of Zadar, 23000 Zadar, Croatia
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8(9), 662;
Received: 11 August 2020 / Accepted: 25 August 2020 / Published: 27 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Power Systems)
Failures of marine propulsion components or systems can lead to serious consequences for a vessel, cargo and the people onboard a ship. These consequences can be financial losses, delay in delivery time or a threat to safety of the people onboard. This is why it is necessary to learn about marine propulsion failures in order to prevent worst-case scenarios. This paper aims to provide a review of experimental, analytical and numerical methods used in the failure analysis of ship propulsion systems. In order to achieve that, the main causes and failure mechanisms are described and summarized. Commonly used experimental, numerical and analytical tools for failure analysis are given. Most indicative case studies of ship failures describe where the origin of failure lies in the ship propulsion failures (i.e., shaft lines, crankshaft, bearings, foundations). In order to learn from such failures, a holistic engineering approach is inevitable. This paper tries to give suggestions to improve existing design procedures with a goal of producing more reliable propulsion systems and taking care of operational conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine propulsion; propulsion failure; propulsion failure analysis; mechanical failure marine propulsion; propulsion failure; propulsion failure analysis; mechanical failure
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Vizentin, G.; Vukelic, G.; Murawski, L.; Recho, N.; Orovic, J. Marine Propulsion System Failures—A Review. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 662.

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