The use of a brake wheel is a time and cost saving method for testing propulsion machinery and adjusting automatic controls at up to full power without the ship having to leave the fitting-out berth. The idea of using a pump rotor, similar to that of a water brake, to absorb machinery output dates from about 1940 and was widely used during the Second World War to avoid taking a ship to sea for trials. The Authors describe the design and construction of a brake wheel for the basin trials of the 68,000-shp Hamburg-class destroyers which were built at the Stulcken yard in Hamburg. After extensive model tests had been carried out at the Hamburg Tank the original pump rotor was modified to form the present brake wheel and was very successful.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Whitehall Technical Press Limited

    29 Palace Street, Westminster
    London SW1,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Brehme, H
    • Meyne, K J
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

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  • Accession Number: 00159939
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM