In recent years, diesel-electric propulsion has become a standard for many ship types. The traditional way to manage the electric flow onboard is by using AC distribution, and to run diesel generators at constant rotational speed to get the correct distribution frequency and to limit the weight and the size of the electric machinery. More recently, the current progress in DC field allowed exploiting the advantages of this technology, for instance, greater flexibility in the mode of operation of diesel generators in terms of rotational speed, with benefits in terms of efficiency. In this article, a pleasure craft, originally powered with a traditional propulsion plant, is repowered with two alternative diesel-electric propulsion plant layouts: a standard one, with AC distribution and torque controlled diesel generators at a constant speed, and a DC-link one with variable speed controlled generators. Variable speed diesel generators require a custom control system to manage the additional degree of freedom involved. For such a reason, the optimal working points of the diesel engines are assessed in design and off-design conditions by using a genetic algorithm, with the final aim of minimising the overall fuel consumption rate. The performance of the two analysed propulsion plants are evaluated and compared at different power levels. Eventually, the results are presented and discussed.
|Titolo:||Optimal Management of a Diesel-Electric Propulsion Plant with Either Constant or Variable Diesel Generators Speed|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||04.01 - Contributo in atti di convegno|
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