EFFECTIVENESS OF SUPERCONDUCTIVE ELECTRIC DRIVES

The application of electric power transmission to modern gas turbine-powered combat ships provides increased flexibility of operation and can substantially improve operating efficiency. The use of superconductive dc machinery permits achieving these results with significant reductions in propulsion system size, weight, and physical layout restrictions. This paper presents results of a study of the application of superconductive electric power transmission to a twin-shaft general-purpose Destroyer which shows that reduction in required machinery space, weight, and fuel tankage permits a 9% reduction in ship volume and a 25% reduction in installed power, with no reduction in payload, speed, range, or other mission capabilities. In addition to improvements in operational flexibility, substantial savings in fuel consumption, ship construction costs, and operational costs are projected.

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    American Society of Naval Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Stewart, A J
    • Springer, J H
    • Doyle, T J
  • Publication Date: 1979-4

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 109-119
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  • Accession Number: 00194716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Naval Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM