STATUS REPORT, JUNE 2009
STORMFÅGELN AB (PUBL)SUMMARY
Several interim reports from the ongoing verication analyses of the
Stormfågeln performance have provided the company with a clearer image of the competitiveness of its products and the segments of themarine industry in which the products have their greatest commer-cial potential. One of the conclusions of the interim reports is that theStormfågeln concept is probably suitable for commercial marine trans-port that needs to operate at speeds that exceed 30 knots. This covers,
for example, ferry trafc, paramilitary applications and goods transport
that aims to compete with road transport.The Stormfågeln concept has several clear advantages over the main
technologies that are currently used for this type of marine trafc, such
as traditional propeller systems with straight shafts, water jet technol-ogy, and traditional surface–piercing propellers. The advantages areeconomic, environmental and performance-related. Work will now con-
tinue such that it will be possible during the autumn to conrm the ad
-vantages of the Stormfågeln over conventional systems. Potential OEMpartners will be courted in parallel with this, informing them of the newand probably crucial facts that are presented in the interim reports.
The company CTD Marine, Lennart Berghult, in Switzerland (where “CTD” isan abbreviation for computational turbomachinery design) has determined theeciency of the Stormfågeln propeller, under commission from Stormfågeln. The calculations have been carried out using computational uid dynamics(CFD) analysis, and they have formed the basis for ongoing strength calcula-tions for the propulsor and its propeller blades and mechanism. The latter cal-culations are being carried out by IMES, the Institute of Mechanical Systemsat the Zürich University of Applied Sciences, and consist of two parts – staticand dynamic analysis. The static analysis is now complete. The static analysis,supplemented by fatigue analysis, has allowed IMES to conclude in the interimreport that the propulsion of the Stormfågeln will satisfy the demands for life-time placed on it.CTD Marine has calculated that the eciency of the Stormfågeln propeller is62%, which agrees well with previous assumptions from eld trials of the proto-type Stormfågeln. The analyses suggest that there is a relatively large potentialfor improvement, and CTD Marine believes that the eciency of the propel-ler can be increased to over 70% by optimising the blades. This gure is in line with that achieved by other surface-piercing propellers. An eciency of 70% will mean that the Stormfågeln is in line with water-jet technology, the optimalperformance of which is calculated to be approximately 70% at its design speed.It should be pointed out in this context that the optimised speed for water-jetboats is normally set to lie between 30 and 40 knots. There are, furthermore, in-dications that the eciency of water-jet technology tends to decrease at speedsabove 40 knots.