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Estimation of Fluctuating Propeller Torque of Full-Scale Ship Using Free-Running Model in Waves

[+] Author Affiliations
Michio Ueno, Yoshiaki Tsukada

National Maritime Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2015-41323, pp. V001T01A004; 6 pages
  • ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Offshore Geotechnics
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, May 31–June 5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5647-5
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


The authors propose a method to estimate full-scale propeller torque consisting of low-frequency and high-frequency components in waves using measured data of free-running model ship. The duct fan auxiliary thruster (DFAT) [1] and the rudder-effectiveness and speed correction (RSC) [2,3] ensure similar model ship motion to full-scale in external forces, where RSC controls the model ship propeller rate of revolution and the auxiliary thrust depending on measured model ship speed. Analyzing a fluctuating component of effective inflow velocity to propeller due to waves, the method estimates full-scale fluctuating propeller torque in waves. This method also makes it possible to adopt into free-running model ship tests any engine model simulating interaction between propeller torque and engine torque. Trial application of the method exemplifies the property of full-scale fluctuating propeller torque comparing with that of model ship.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Torque , Waves , Propellers , Ships



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