LIGHTWEIGHT PROPULSION SYSTEMS FOR ADVANCED NAVAL SHIP APPLICATIONS

This executive summary report presents the major results of a comprehensive study program to evaluate the technological and economic feasibility of utilizing open- and closed-cycle gas turbines to provide lightweight propulsion power for future Navy surface ship applications. The level of technology considered in this study is that judged by the Contractor to be available during the 1990's. Naval ship types which could benefit from implementing lightweight propulsion systems were identified and characterized, and applicable propulsion system configurations and power levels compatible with component capabilities were selected. Extensive parametric analyses were made of the performance, weight, and cost characteristics for the baseline propulsion systems, from which the total propulsion-system-plus-fuel weight was then estimated. The payload capabilities and endurance limitations with open- and closed-cycle gas turbine propulsion systems for selected ship types are presented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also AD-A040 032 and AD-A062 746.
  • Corporate Authors:

    United Technologies Research Center

    400 Main Street
    East Hartford, CT  USA  06118
  • Authors:
    • Kuo, S C
  • Publication Date: 1979-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 81 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325858
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UTRC/R79-954176-3
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-76-C-0542, N00014-77-C-0735
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM