The cost of ship propulsion fuel has caused the Naval Architectural Community and others to re-evaluate the use of wind propulsion for ships. A wide variety of sail designs are being considered ranging from square-rigged sails to air foil and rotor sails. A variety of hull forms also are being considered ranging from the displacement type to hydrofoil and catamaran types. Recently, the cost of fuel, compared to the value of the dollar, has increased to the point where motorsailer-type ships have become economically viable for commercial applications. It now appears that the Navy should be looking at both conservative and radical sail and hull forms to conserve fuel and to reduce operating costs. Conservative sail forms, such as square, gaff, or Marconi rigs, should be installed on naval auxiliaries, and radical sail and hull forms should be studied, developed, and tested to establish their true potential for the propulsion needs of the U.S. Navy.

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    • Presented at ASNE Day, 30-1 May 1981. Session Title: Energy Conservation, Paper No. 2.
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    American Society of Naval Engineers

    Suite 507, 1012 14th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Authors:
    • Morrisseau, K C
  • Publication Date: 1981-2

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  • Accession Number: 00330912
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM