Accession Number : ADA133776

Title :   An Alternative Propulsion Plant for Naval Auxiliary Ships.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Stone,Edward Lawrence

PDF Url : ADA133776

Report Date : Jun 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 84

Abstract : Due to the rising fuel cost, marine engineers and ship operators alike are searching for more fuel efficient propulsion plants to power ocean-going vessels. This thesis describes an alternative propulsion plant for the U.S. Navy's newest fleet oiler, the AO-177, in order to solve the problem of rising fuel costs. An analysis of converting the present geared steam turbine propulsion plant is performed, and the economic benefits of such a conversion are examined. The results of this analysis show that it is feasible to convert the AO-177 class fleet oiler to a diesel powered vessel provided that the conversion is performed prior to the end of the ship's third year of life. Two candidate diesel plants were studied with the most economical plant being selected for use in the conversion. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Marine propulsion, *Diesel engines, Fuel consumption, Retrofitting, Steam turbines, Naval vessels, Auxiliary, Theses

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE