Diesel engines and gas turbines (alternatively or together) are used today in the propulsion of high-speed vessels. This paper, in particular, considers high-speed displacing vessels which operate at one or two different speeds (for example military ships) using these kinds of engines. Available propulsion power plants are compared not only from the economic point of view, but also considering the weight and dimensions of the propulsion plant itself and the fuel necessary to grant a sufficient range so as to minimise the required power, performances being equal. Starting from the power required for the propulsion of the ship at a certain speed, the weight and dimensions of the engine and weight and volume occupied by the fuel are determined to a good approximation by means of several algorithms, originally elaborated. This defines the areas in which the application of diesel engines is convenient and those in which gas turbines are preferable.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • INEC 94, Conference on Cost Effective Maritime Defence; 31 Aug - 2 Sept; Plymouth, UK. Procs. Publ by Inst Marine Engrs, London, UK, ISBN 0-907206-59-X. Ppr 18, p 203 [11 p, 3 ref, 1 tab, 9 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Bisceglia, A
    • Paciolla, A
  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00718414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM