Briefly explains an SCR (Silicon Control Rectifier) as it specifically applies to vehicular and passenger ferries, pointing out such advantages as: (a) Increased fuel economy--engines are allowed to run at their peak efficiency. (b) Greatly increased maneuverability--quicker, more finite control of propulsion. (c) Increased engine life--engines run at constant speed and never overload. (d) Quieter operation--engines are acoustically isolated from the vessel's structure. (e) Elimination of vessel downtime due to main engine failure. (f) Multiple vessel function--the vast amount of electricity available onboard can supply large pumps to fight harbor fires or even a small city during a catastrophe. (g) Less pollution--electric power is constant--increased diesel engine efficiency results in less lube oil and fuel oil "blow-by" from the exhaust.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of Second International Waterborne Transportation Conference, October 5-7, 1977, New York City. Available April, 1978, approximately 750 pages. Cost: to ASCE members $15.00; non-members $30.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • O'Brein, H
  • Publication Date: 1977

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170801
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM