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Marine Propulsion: Electrical Drives Characteristics (Module 4)

Training 13 - 14 maart 2024

The training series Marine Propulsion Systems is a unique technical and international oriented training for those who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of the design of different marine propulsion systems. The training series consists of 4 modules which can be individually attended. The whole series gives a complete overview of marine propulsion systems. During the fourth module ‘Electrical Drives Characteristics’ several concepts of electrical drive systems and their main components will be discussed. Meld je aan


When you have completed the training ‘Electrical Drive Characteristics’, you will be able to decide which type of electrical drive component and/or system will be suited best for a particular vessel design.


The training covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to electrical propulsion systems and their components
  • Electrical propulsion: design aspects, reasons for choosing electric propulsion (safety, noise and vibrations), propulsion concepts, installation, environmental aspects, operating conditions
  • Power generation: voltage control, load sharing, diesel generator, isochronous control
  • Electrical design aspects electric machines: AC, DC and asynchronous machines and their working principle
  • Mechanical design aspects electric machines: bearings, temperature rise, cooling methods, protection of systems
  • Dynamic positioning: design aspects for different propulsion concepts, (redundant) power and distribution, integrated automation system, vessel management and control, lay-out systems
  • Standards for electrical propulsion
  • Electrical components and their physical working principles: resistor, inductor, capacitor, diode, thyristor, transistor, rectifier, chopper
  • Characteristics and types of inverters, converters and transformers
  • Theory of electric power: Kirchoff’s first and second law, vector representation, complex calculations, 3-phase systems
  • EMC: Electromagnetic Compatibility, Electromagnetic Emission and Immunity
  • Electromagnetic fields, forces and inductions, incl. Faraday’s Law, Lenz’s Law, Lorentz’s Law
  • Harmonic distortion and short circuit calculations
  • High voltage installations: physical characteristics, safety, design high voltage switchboards
  • Fuel cells: working principle, fuel cell types, installation
  • Superconductive machines
  • History and development of electric propulsion systems
Target group

This module is intended for designers and (sales) engineers who deal with the integration or the design of marine propulsion systems and in particular electrical propulsion during concept design phase. It will also be of interest to people who come across aspects of these systems during their (daily) work and who wish to learn more about the working principle of marine electrical propulsion systems.

Course material

A binder with the lecture slides, which can be ordered on the registration form.


The lecturer is Paul Bracké, former Manager Technology at Bakker Sliedrecht Electro Industrie BV.


Participants assessed this course with an 8.3 on average.


The 13th & 14th of March.


2 days


9:00 -17:00 hours


NMT office, Boompjes 40 (or another location) in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

  • Members € 1.350,-
  • Non-members € 1.700,-

All prices are exluding VAT. The training series Marine Propulsion consists of 4 modules, which you can participate in independently. If you wish to participate in multiple modules, we offer will offer you a discount on the total price.

1 module = full amount

2 modules = 5% discount on the total amount of both courses

3 modules = 10% discount on the total amount of 3 courses

4 modules = 15% discount on the total amount of 4 courses

All modules you have registered for, need to be completed within 2 years. Discount will be deducted from the last invoice.

If the organisation you work for falls within the ambit of the CAO Metalektro, you might entitled to compensation from one of  the A+O development funds. Please go to the website of A+O Metalektro (foundation for development by the social partners in Metalektro) if you are looking for more information. If your organisation falls within the ambit of the social partners in metalworking, you might be entitled to compensation from one of the OOM educational settlements. Please go to the website of OOM (schooling agency for the social partners in metalworking)  if you want more information about these funds.

Other modules

Marine Propulsion Module 1:  Plant Concepts and basic hydrodynamics (March  6 & 7, 2024)

Marine Propulsion Module 2: Marine Internal Combustion Engines, (sustainable) fuels & emissions (April  10 & 11, 2024)

Marine Propulsion Module 3: Propulsion system integration: Matching machinery and propeller (May 22 & 23, 2024)

More information

For more information please contact Marjolein Greve or Louise de Jong, Training Advisors at the NMT’s office via T +31 (0)88 44 51 000 or E academy@maritimetechnology.nl.

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