Marine Diesel Engines
Table of Contents

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Program Details

List of Troubleshooting Charts

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Second Edition


One Principles of Operation

Compression Ignition

Converting Heat to Power

Expansion and Cooling

Gasoline Engines

Cost and Power-to-Weight

Types of Diesels

Principal Engine Components

Two Details of Operation

Section One: The Air Supply

Volumetric Efficiency
Naturally Aspirated Engines
Superchargers and Turbochargers
Intercoolers and Aftercoolers

Section Two: Combustion

The Importance of Turbulence
Injector Spray Patterns
Techniques for Creating Turbulence

Section Three: Fuel Injection

Jerk (In-Line) Pumps
Distributor (Rotary) Pumps
Unit Injectors
Common Rail Systems
Lift Pumps

Section Four: Governors

Simple Governors
Vacuum Governors

Section Five: Electronic Engine Controls

Limping Home

Section Six: Keeping Things Cool

Raw-Water Cooling
Heat Exchanger Cooling
Keel Cooling
Wet and Dry Exhausts

Three Routine Maintenance: Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness

Section One: Clean Air

Routine Maintenance

Section Two: Clean Fuel

Fuel Handling
Fuel Filters

Section Three: Clean Oil

The API "Donut"
Oil Changes
Changing Filters

Section Four: General Cleanliness

Clean Water
Clean Electrical Systems
A Clean Engine
Scheduled Overhauls

Four Troubleshooting, Part One: Failure to Start

Section One: Failure to Crank

Water in the Engine
Starter Motor Does Not Crank
Inertia and Preengaged Starters
Circuit Testing
Motor and Solenoid Disassembly, Inspection, and Repair

Section Two: Failure to Fire

An Unobstructed Airflow
Achieving Ignition Temperatures
Fuel Problems

Five Troubleshooting, Part Two: Overheating, Smoke, Loss of Performance, and Other Problems



Loss of Performance

Oil-Related Problems

Inadequate Turbocharger Performance

Problems with Engine Instrumentation

A Do-it-Yourself Engine Survey

Six Repair Procedures, Part One: Cooling, Exhaust, and Injection Systems

The Cooling System

Water Pumps

The Exhaust System


Fuel Injection Pumps



Seven Repair Procedures, Part Two: Decarbonizing

Preparatory Steps

Cylinder Head Removal



Pistons and Connecting Rods

Piston Rings

Replacing Pistons and Connecting Rods

Replacing Cylinder Heads

Retiming an Engine

Accessory Equipment

Eight Marine Transmissions

Planetary Transmissions

Two-Shaft Transmissions

Variations on a Theme

Shaft Brakes

Transmission Maintenance

Troubleshooting and Repairs

Nine Engine Selection and Installation

Section One: Engine Selection

Matching an Engine to Its Load
How Much Horsepower Do You Need?
BHP, SHP, and Auxiliary Equipment

Section Two: Propeller Sizing and Selection

Propeller Sizing
Propeller Selection

Section Three: Connecting the Transmission to the Propeller

Engine Alignment
Constant-Velocity Joints
Shaft Seals
Struts and Bearings

Section Four: Auxiliary Systems

Fuel Tanks
Auxiliary Equipment
Some Electrical Considerations
Postscript: Diesel-Electric Propulsion


A. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

B. Tools

C. Spare Parts

D. Useful Tables

E. Freeing Frozen Parts and Fasteners