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Research Papers: Offshore Technology

Marine Engine-Centered Data Analytics for Ship Performance Monitoring

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Lokukaluge P. Perera

Norwegian Marine Technology
Research Institute (MARINTEK),
Trondheim 7052, Norway
e-mail: Prasad.Perera@marintek.sintef.no

Brage Mo

Norwegian Marine Technology Research
Institute (MARINTEK),
Trondheim 7052, Norway
e-mail: Brage.Mo@marintek.sintef.no

Contributed by the Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF OFFSHORE MECHANICS AND ARCTIC ENGINEERING. Manuscript received July 12, 2016; final manuscript received September 30, 2016; published online January 31, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Jonas W. Ringsberg.

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 139(2), 021301 (Jan 31, 2017) (8 pages) Paper No: OMAE-16-1081; doi: 10.1115/1.4034923 History: Received July 12, 2016; Revised September 30, 2016

This study proposes marine engine centered data analytics as a part of the ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP). The SEEMP enforces various emission control measures to improve ship energy efficiency by considering vessel performance and navigation data. The proposed data analytics is developed in the engine-propeller combinator diagram (i.e., one propeller shaft with a direct drive main engine). Three operating regions from the initial data analysis are under the combinator diagram noted to capture the shape of these regions by the proposed data analytics. The data analytics consists of implementing Gaussian mixture models (GMMs) to classify the most frequent operating regions of the main engine. Furthermore, the expectation maximization (EM) algorithm calculates the parameters of GMMs. This approach, also named data clustering algorithm, facilitates an iterative process for capturing the operating regions of the main engine (i.e., in the combinatory diagram) with the respective mean and covariance matrices. Hence, these data analytics can monitor ship performance and navigation conditions with respect to engine operating regions as a part of the SEEMP. Furthermore, development of advanced mathematical models for ship performance monitoring within the operational regions (i.e., data clusters) of marine engines is expected.

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Simplified engine-propeller combinator diagram

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Statistical distributions of marine engine parameters

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Engine operation regions: ME power versus shaft speed

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Engine operation region versus relative wind speed, STW, average draft, and trim

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Engine propeller combinator diagram

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Engine propeller combinator diagram with STW

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GMMs in the engine propeller combinator diagram

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