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Comparative Research on the Economy and Emissions of Nuclear Powered Ship and Diesel Ship

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Yoshiaki Fumino, Kenji Ishida

Kobe University, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Paper No. ICONE20-POWER2012-54638, pp. 719-728; 10 pages
  • 2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference
  • Volume 4: Codes, Standards, Licensing, and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Instrumentation and Controls; Fuels and Combustion, Materials Handling, Emissions; Advanced Energy Systems and Renewables (Wind, Solar, Geothermal); Performance Testing and Performance Test Codes
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 30–August 3, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division, Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4498-4
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Critical problems have recently affected the international shipping industry, e.g., the regulation of ship’s exhaust gases and the soaring prices of crude oil. It is estimated that crude oil prices will keep rising in the future, as developing countries such as China, India, Brazil, etc. are gradually increasing their demands for crude oil along with their economic growth. Maritime industries release a large amount of CO2, due to the fact that most of ships are fitted with diesel engines. Nuclear Powered Ships can be a good alternative for reducing exhaust gases. This paper analyzes the economical aspects of Nuclear Powered Ships in terms of their development and operation. This research compares and evaluates their lifetime costs for these vessels using System Dynamics methodology. Nuclear Powered Ships and Diesel Ships are compared in terms of their costs and emissions for the several operating parameters including speed, capacity, fuel price change, navigation course, and so on.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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