Methods and criteria for evaluating and selecting propulsion systems for high speed marine vehicles such as surface effect ships, hovercraft, hydrofoils and planing craft are summarized. The problem of matching ship performance (drag, thrust, endurance, etc.) and geometric requirements to propulsion system characteristics to select the best propulsion system for a given application is discussed in some detail. Waterjet, marine propeller and air propulsion systems, including propulsor, propulsor mounting appendages, transmission and engines, are considered. An example utilizing a 4,000 ton SES illustrates that the numerous trade-offs involved in the selection process may lead to a propulsion system selection based on parameters other than propulsive efficiency . A second example for a 750 ton hydrofoil craft is referenced.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Advanced Marine Vehicles Conference, jointly sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, with the active cooperation and support of the United States Navy, San Diego, Calif., Feb. 25-28, 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    AIAA/SNAME Advanced Marine Vehicles Conference

    1290 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  United States  10019
  • Authors:
    • Barr, R A
    • Etter, R J
  • Publication Date: 1974-2

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00054290
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper #74-334
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM