STEAM AND DIESEL: AN ANALYSIS OF FUEL CONSUMPTION

The rapid increase in fuel costs has caused shipowners to re-evaluate operations, reassess the economics of alternative propulsion systems, and seek overall economies in ship operations. The General Electric Company's (U.S.A.) Industrial and Marine Steam Turbine Division recently concluded a comprehensive analysis and comparison of fuel consumption rates for both steam and diesel ship propulsion systems. The findings are discussed in this abbreviated report of that study. In preparing their analysis, the authors developed a base for accurately measuring propulsion fuel "efficiency" through the use of a novel "equivalent fuel rate" that equitably compares the low speed diesel to the steam plant. The study is claimed to provide fuel use rate comparisons that shipowners and operators, naval architects, and shipyards should consider in the selection of ship propulsion machinery.

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    IPC Industrial Press Limited

    Dorset House, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Casey, J P
    • Stott, C W
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

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  • Accession Number: 00307530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM