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Cost savings for warships using the reconfigurable hull form concept


Renilson, MR, Cost savings for warships using the reconfigurable hull form concept, Pacific 2008 : International Maritime Conference ; proceedings book ; meeting the maritime challenges, 29 - 31 January 2008, Sydney EJ ISBN 9781877040665 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Many warships are required to operate over two distinct speed ranges, which gives the naval architect quite a challenge when it comes to optimising the design. It is widely accepted that a single set of prime movers will not be able to efficiently cope with the vastly differing power requirements for these two speed ranges, and hence warships are often fitted with two sets of prime movers for this purpose. On the other hand, it is also obvious that a single hull form can not be optimised for these two distinct speed ranges. Earlier work (Renilson et ai, 2006) demonstrated possible modifications to the hull that could be made to improve efficiency at the two distinct speeds. The most promising modifications identified from this work were changes in the stern shape, and the propulsion type. This paper focuses on these modifications, and discusses possible practical arrangements to achieve the changes necessary, along with estimated fuel savings as a function of vessel speed profile. It is concluded that considerable fuel savings are possible, and that this concept warrants further consideration in order to reduce the through life cost of warship operation,

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Defence
Objective Group:Defence
Objective Field:Maritime
UTAS Author:Renilson, MR (Professor Martin Renilson)
ID Code:53949
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2009-02-02
Last Modified:2013-02-04

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