At present the conventional propeller is by far the most common device used for ship propulsion, largely due to the use of engines already developed for other purposes in which the power output is by means of a rotating shaft; however, if the problem of powering a ship is considered from first principles, it seems likely that there may be simpler, lighter and more efficent solutions. The Authors discuss two groups of intermittent propulsors under the following headings: (1) Propulsors driven by a conventional engine, and (2) Integrated power/ propulsion systems. Those in the first group are mainly of the "sculling oar" type. The second group, integrated systems include steam/water pulse jets, but the Authors concentrate on a device employing a free-piston engine as the power unit.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This is the text of a paper read at the December 1976 Winter Annual Meeting of ASME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Payne, P R
    • Newhouse, H L
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 23 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178292
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM