APPLICATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF A LARGE DUCTED PROPELLER FOR THE 280,000-DWT TANKER MS THORSAGA

The phenomenal growth in tanker size has resulted in increased propeller loading which causes reduced propeller efficiency and vibration problems. The ducted propeller appears as a good solution for tanker propulsion. At the sea trials of the largest ducted propeller tanker to date, the 280,000-dwt MS THORSAGA, a considerable speed increase and a reduction in vibration were attained compared with conventional sister tankers. This paper presents a summary of the THORSAGA ducted propeller's research and development involving design analysis, model tests, sea trials, and propeller cavitation observations. The importance of the ducted-propeller-hull interaction is stressed. Comparisons of the THORSAGA and sister tanker propulsive performance, maneuverability, structural, and vibrational responses are discussed along with cavitation correlations of the THORSAGA and NSMB VACUUMTANK observations. Duct quality control efforts in the shipyard and the impact of the ducted propeller on tanker economy are presented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the SNAME Annual Meeting, New York, N.Y., Nov. 14-16, 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  USA  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Narita, H
    • Kunitake, Y
    • YAGI, H
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 21 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 6

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00071645
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM