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Marine Propellers and Propulsion

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.

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

Hardbound, 544 Pages

Published: September 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

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


  • Preface
    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


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