Marine Propellers and Propulsion

2nd Edition

Authors: John Carlton
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750681506
eBook ISBN: 9780080549231
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th June 2007
Page Count: 560
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Although the propeller lies submerged out of sight, it is a complex component in both the hydrodynamic and structural sense. This book fulfils the need for a comprehensive and cutting edge volume that brings together a great range of knowledge on propulsion technology, a multi-disciplinary and international subject. The book comprises three main sections covering hydrodynamics; materials and mechanical considerations; and design, operation and performance. The discussion relates theory to practical problems of design, analysis and operational economy, and is supported by extensive design information, operational detail and tabulated data. Fully updated and revised to cover the latest advances in the field, the new edition now also includes four new chapters on azimuthing and podded propulsors, propeller-rudder interaction, high-speed propellers, and propeller-ice interaction.

Key Features

· The most complete book available on marine propellers, fully updated and revised, with four new chapters on azimuthing and podded propulsors, propeller-rudder interaction, high-speed propellers, and propeller-ice interaction · A valuable reference for marine engineers and naval architects gathering together the subject of propulsion technology, in both theory and practice, over the last forty years · Written by a leading expert on propeller technology, essential for students of propulsion and hydrodynamics, complete with online worked examples


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

Table of Contents

1 The early development of the screw propeller 2 Propulsion systems 2.1 Fixed pitch propellers 2.2 Ducted propellers 2.3 Podded and azimuthing propulsors 2.4 Contra-rotating propellers 2.5 Overlapping propellers 2.6 Tandem propellers 2.7 Controllable pitch propellers 2.8 Waterjet propulsion 2.9 Cycloidal propellers 2.10 Paddle wheels 2.11 Magnetohydrodynamic propulsion 2.12 Superconducting motors for marine propulsion 3 Propeller geometry 3.1 Frames of reference 3.2 Propeller reference lines 3.3 Pitch 3.4 Rake and skew 3.5 Propeller outlines and area 3.6 Propeller drawing methods 3.7 Section geometry and definition 3.8 Blade thickness distribution and thickness fraction 3.9 Blade interference limits for controllable pitch propellers 3.10 Controllable pitch propeller off-design section geometry 3.11 Miscellaneous conventional propeller geometry terminology 4 The propeller environment 4.1 Density of water 4.2 Salinity 4.3 Water temperature 4.4 Viscosity 4.5 Vapour pressure 4.6 Dissolved gases in sea water 4.7 Surface tension 4.8 Weather 4.9 Silt and marine organisms 5 The wake field 5.1 General wake field characteristics 5.2 Wake field definition 5.3 The nominal wake field 5.4 Estimation of wake field parameters 5.5 Effective wake field 5.6 Wake field scaling 5.7 Wake quality assessment 5.8 Wake field measurement 6 Propeller performance characteristic


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About the Author

John Carlton

John Carlton is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Professor of Marine Engineering at City University, London. He recently served as the 109th President of the IMarEST and was formerly Global Head of Marine Technology and Investigations at Lloyd’s Register. Over a long and distinguished career he has authored more than a hundred technical papers and articles on marine technology, received numerous awards, chaired international committees and contributed to various government and naval initiatives on maritime matters.

Affiliations and Expertise

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