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Senior Projects 2013-2014

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Team MRC: Marine Refueling Concepts

Members:

  • Robert Klein, ME
  • Steven Krentz, ME
  • Tyler Pavelich, ME
  • Michael Richardson, MfgET
  • Spencer Thomas, ME

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Company:

  • Moran Iron Works, Onaway, Mich.

Industrial Customer:

  • Mr. Victor Ruppert

Project Description: Team Marine Refueling Concepts (MRC) will work in collaboration with Moran Iron Works, Inc. of Onaway, Michigan to secure a new market for their core product of large pre-fabricated welded metal structures. Recent developments in natural gas extraction and propulsion systems have provided an opportunity to develop a marine construction sector in the Great Lakes region, providing that new market. The focus will be on the development and fabrication of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering barges to refuel ships on the Great Lakes. Team MRC will provide engineering consultation, explained in a comprehensive technical report that defines the state-of-the-art in LNG technologies, analyzes the feasibility of adapting these technologies to the Great Lakes physical and regulatory environment, and provides a conceptual design of the bunkering barge. The design will be validated by performance modeling focusing on the layout of refueling equipment and tanks, and the stability of the barge in Great Lakes waves with LNG sloshing effects; it will be scaled in accordance with economic projection of Great Lakes bunkering needs.

Bunkering barge preliminary designTeam MRC's project presents challenges of adopting technologies in their infancy, and of consulting externally with industry to establish features of a technically and economically feasible bunkering barge design.

 

 

 

 

 

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