The rate at which a ship consumes fuel is nonlinearly related to both speed and amount of fuel in the ship's tanks. A model for this phenomenon is developed. The problem of finding the velocity pattern (as a function of time) necessary to move the ship between two fixed points in a fixed amount of time is then considered. It is determined that the optimal velocity pattern is a constant. A typical numerical example is presented to illustrate the savings in fuel which might result when compared to other possible velocity patterns.

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    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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  • Authors:
    • Heinen, J A
    • Schane, R N
    • Bielefeld, J M
  • Publication Date: 1973-2

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  • Accession Number: 00050527
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Vol IECI-20, No. 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 11 1974 12:00AM