If and when wind powered propulsion again becomes an established fact, wind powered ships will presumably be designed in a rational fashion to meet fairly well defined requirements, and will employ established naval architectural and engineering principles to achieve their targets. This paper represents an attempt to sketch out the sort of background against which wind powered ships will have to be designed both from the point of view of meeting sensible economic targets, and employing established physical principles. It may serve to define what is possible and what is impossible, and to direct the activities of the very considerable range of talents currently looking into wind power toward the most promising areas of research and investigation. In carrying out this aim, the paper is divided into sections dealing with economics, wind conditions and the technology of wind power. Finally these are drawn together to define the envelope of characteristics--in particular, the speed and cost--within which a viable wind powered ship design should lie, with some indication of how these might be met.

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  • Pagination: 15p., incl. discuss.

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  • Accession Number: 00657919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM