Propulsion and Appendages

  • Liang Yun
  • Alan Bliault
  • Huan Zong Rong


We start this chapter by pointing out that a preliminary vessel form has been developed, and a resistance curve in calm and operational conditions has been determined. The aft hull form will take some account of typical dimensions for power units and the intended propulsion device. An initial check is made that there is space in the demihulls to fit the main machinery. Here, we look at the selection and matching process between propulsor and power unit and discuss the design requirements that affect specifications for the suppliers and the design of the engine room area. We will discuss the collation of necessary data on main machinery and the selection and matching of propulsion – propellers and waterjets – with the hull and the machinery. We will also take a look at appendages used for directional control. Fast multihulls operating in open coastal conditions often use stabilizing foils to provide motion damping and tabs or interrupters at the stern to adjust running trim. We touch on these later in the chapter based on recent papers and give supplier references.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liang Yun
    • 1
  • Alan Bliault
    • 2
  • Huan Zong Rong
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine Design and Research Institute of ChinaShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Naval ArchitectSolaNorway

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