FIVE YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN APPLYING HEAVY-DUTY GAS TURBINES TO MARINE PROPULSION

During the course of the past five years, heavy-duty industrial-type marine gas turbines have been applied to marine propulsion systems on fifteen ships, five of which will be in commercial service by the middle of 1975. The heavy-duty marine gas turbine is briefly described, citing the potential advantages which led to its initial use as a marine prime mover. Operating experience with the first two vessels is discussed in some detail so as to highlight the lessons learned in this first application. Five additional applications are described also to point up the flexibility of this type of machinery with various propulsion power transmission systems and ship configurations. During this period the U.S. Maritime Administration entered into a research and devlopment program with the co-author's company, a program that has contributed greatly to advancing the state of the art and the application of this type of prime mover. With this information as background, the paper than describes future heavy-duty marine gas turbine propulsion plants. Features of these designs which are the direct results of experience gained from the earlier applications are described in some detail.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, New York, New York, November 13-15, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Critelli, F X
    • Rowen, W I
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 10
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM