The steam propulsion of ships began in the early 1700's, survived the advent of the diesel engine, applied nuclear fuel to propulsion by the generation of steam, and is now the predominant choice for large high powered ocean carriers. A wide variety of steam cycles are available, tested and proven in operation, which permit serving the needs for both propulsion and cargo services in a number of economic models of power, fuel and capital cost, voyage length and utilization. The demands of higher fuel cost and the ever increasing cost of ships make such steam propulsion features as reheat and thermal coupled twin screw turbines particularly interesting in the present design of super ocean carriers. Nuclear power is on the immediate horizon at powers near 120,000 horsepower per ship as an economically proper choice for some applications.

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  • Pagination: p. 518-538

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  • Accession Number: 00054405
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Super Ocean Carrier Conference
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM