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Considerations regarding the use of rigid sails on modern powered ships


Atkinson, GM and Nguyen, H and Binns, J, Considerations regarding the use of rigid sails on modern powered ships, Cogent Engineering, 5, (1) Article 1543564 . ISSN 2331-186X (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/23311916.2018.1543564


The global shipping fleet is vital to world trade with billions of tonnes of cargo being transported annually by merchant vessels. This activity however results in large volumes of carbon emissions and airborne particulate matter being released into the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels for propulsion and on-board power. Recently, there has been an increasing focus on the need to reduce fossil fuel consumption and airborne emissions across the shipping sector. To facilitate this, a range of technologies have been developed or are currently in the development phase. Rigid sails are one of these technologies, yet despite these being installed on a number of ships in the 1980s they have to date been unable to gain widespread acceptance. This paper will briefly discuss the history of sails on ships and then review a broad range of issues regarding their use encompassing previous research studies, journal articles and operational experiences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sails, ship emissions, rigid sails, shipping CO2 emissions, sail assisted shipping, wind propulsion
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Aerospace engineering
Research Field:Aerospace materials
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H (Dr Hung Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Binns, J (Professor Jonathan Binns)
ID Code:151674
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2022-08-03
Last Modified:2022-12-06
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