STUDY OF AIRFLOW AROUND SHIP WITH RIGID SAIL ARRAY AND POTENTIAL ARRAY PROPULSIVE POWER

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G M Atkinson

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An array of rigid sails installed on a large powered ship could provide a viable means to reduce fuel oil consumption (FOC) and emissions by using the power of the wind as a source of supplementary propulsion. This paper describes the study of airflow around a concept ship design fitted with 14 segment rigid sails (SRS) using a virtual wind tunnel software application and also investigates the propulsive force that a fixed sail array could provide using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis.


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