HYDROKINETIC PROPULSION DRIVES; A FEASIBILITY STUDY

This study examines the feasibility of a hydrokinetic (turbohydraulic) closed-loop marine propulsion transmission system in general, and particularly in a large hydrofoil vessel. As it is a synthesis of existing knowledge and hardware, this thesis primarily serves to collect the information needed for the conceptual design of such a transmission, and to present a procedure by which an engineer can quickly determine whether a hydrokinetic transmission is likely to meet his requirements. The sample design calculation was based on a 750 ton hydrofoil craft, and the resulting system was compared with other propulsion transmission options, including mechanical superconducting electric drive, and varous water jet systems. As the craft chosen was optimized for a water jet system and was far from the optimal application of a hydrokinetic transmission, the latter appeared to be only barely competitive with the water jets, and inferior to the other alternatives. The author concluded that the potential application of the hydrokinetic system would be limited, although such a system was found to be technically feasible with existing hardware, and open to considerable improvement with a relatively small developmental effort.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Ocean Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139
  • Authors:
    • Jenkins, T H
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

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  • Accession Number: 00048371
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MS Thesis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1973 12:00AM