The ship simulator is built for education and training purposes can be
a great tool in visualizing the overall ship systems including the electrical power system in one place.
Ship simulator offers the opportunity of learning the effects of changes
that can be made in operating modes on the ship performance, and can answer many what if questions.
Example using ship simulator for electrical load calculation
For example, the electrical load on generators increases with speed according to the exponential relation MW = k × speedα, where α is a
complex function of the ship surface submerged in water, propulsion resistance, age of the ship surface paint, and the ship speed, which determines the nature of the ocean water flow (streamline, turbulent, etc.).
At low speed, α = 3, which can approach 4 at high speed. Since it is extremely difficult for young engineers in training to determine the value of α analytically, the ship simulator with its built-in propulsion resistance computation can be a valuable tool in experimenting with a ship’s operating speed.