Jets, Props and Air Cushions: Propulsion Technology and Surface Effect Ships PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Alfred Skolnick

Joint Surface Effect Ships, Washington, DC

Z. G. Wachnik

Naval Ships Research and Development Center, Washington, DC

Paper No. 68-GT-59, pp. V001T01A059; 14 pages
  • ASME 1968 Gas Turbine Conference and Products Show
  • ASME 1968 Gas Turbine Conference and Products Show
  • Washington, DC, USA, March 17–21, 1968
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7987-0
  • Copyright © 1968 by ASME


Following a brief review of the background and formulation of the jointly sponsored Navy/Commerce Department’s Surface Effect Ships (SES) Program, the paper offers a broad scope presentation on propulsion for SES, e.g., waterjets, supercavitating propellers, and lift fans. The problems associated with establishing the feasibility of successful designs and construction of such ships are considered, the status of development assessed and the efforts still remaining accordingly” defined. The paper deals primarily with the propulsion considerations of high speed ships using the air cushion principle in combination with vestigial rigid sidewall design.

Copyright © 1968 by ASME
Topics: Propulsion , Jets , Ships
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