Marine Propellers and Propulsion


  • John Carlton, Professor of Marine Engineering at City University, London and 109th President of the IMarEST.

Propulsion technology is a complex, multidisciplinary topic with design, construction, operational and research implications. Bringing together a wealth of disparate information from the field, Marine Propellers and Propulsion provides comprehensive and cutting edge coverage to equip marine engineers, naval architects and anyone involved in propulsion and hydrodynamics with the knowledge needed to do the job.

Drawing on experience from a long and varied career in consultancy, research, design and technical investigation, author John Carlton breaks the subject into three main sections-hydrodynamic theory, materials and mechanical considerations, and design, operation and performance. Connecting essential theory to practical problems in design, analysis and operational efficiency, Marine Propellers and Propulsion is an invaluable resource, packed with hard-won insights, detailed specifications and data.

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Practising marine engineers and naval architects; Marine engineering students on propulsion & hydrodynamics courses; Academic/corporate libraries


Book information

  • Published: September 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-097123-0


"The third edition of this text/reference for marine engineers, naval architects, and students studying propulsion and hydrodynamics is updated to cover the latest theory, best practices, legislation, and industry standards since 2007. There is new material on the physics of cavitation development and collapse, erosive effects on propeller materials, and the effects of shipping activity on the behavior of marine mammals."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

Table of Contents

General nomenclature
1 The early development of the screw propeller
2 Propulsion systems
3 Propeller geometry
4 The propeller environment
5 The wake field
6 Propeller performance characteristics
7 Theoretical methods - basic concepts
8 Theoretical methods - propeller theories
9 Cavitation
10 Propeller noise
11 Propeller-ship interaction
12 Ship resistance and propulsion
13 Thrust augmentation devices
14 Transverse thrusters
15 Azimuthing and podded propulsors
16 Waterjet propulsion
17 Full-scale trials
18 Propeller materials
19 Propeller blade strength
20 Propeller manufacture
21 Propeller blade vibration
22 Propeller design
23 Operational problems
24 Service performance and analysis
25 Propeller tolerances and inspection
26 Propeller maintenance and repair