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Voith Schneider Propeller for Offshore Supply Vessels

Voith Turbo Voith Schneider Propeller for Offshore Supply Vessels

Voith Schneider Propeller for Offshore Supply Vessels

PSV in heavy seas

PSV’s require very fast and precise thrust changes for DP, as well as very high free-running efficiencies to reach the operational areas eco- nomically.

The reliable propulsion system from Voith Turbo Marine meets these outstanding demands and increases the efficiency and safety of offshore shipping.

Benchmark model tests were performed and showed that the efficiency of the Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) is superior to other competitive propulsors.

The VSP is a propulsion system allowing stepless, highly accurate and fast control of thrust in terms of magnitude and direction. The main advantages of the VSP for Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) are the stepless control of thrust, the high propulsion efficiency and its robustness.

This aspect is of paramount impor- tance during operation at offshore installations in heavy weather conditions. A vital feature is the redundancy of the entire pro pulsion system, which guarantees full con- trol of the vessel even with only one power train in operation.

Typical lines design of a PSV

PSV with 2 VSP in dry-dock The very rapid and precise thrust vari ation makes the

PSV with 2 VSP in dry-dock

The very rapid and precise thrust vari ation makes the VSP an ideal propulsion system for efficient dy- namic positioning even in extremely rough weather conditions.

The Voith Schneider Propeller offers additional roll stabilization for OSVs, which reduces the roll motion while it is stationary or cruising. This additional function has been proven by Voith in theoretical computations with the University of Hamburg- Harburg, during model tank tests at Marin and full scale measurements at the North Sea.

Dynamic Positioning with Voith Schneider Propellers

In the past only specialized vessels, such as dive support, construction support and survey vessels, were fitted with dynamic positioning

systems. These vessel types were required to maintain their position and head within very strict param- eters. Automatic heading and posi- tion control systems were hence essential for safe operation.

The new roles for standard Offshore Supply Vessels now require that the vessels are positioned with a higher degree of accuracy, and able to maintain their position for extended periods of time.

The function of the DP system is to control automatically the yaw, surge and sway, and therefore maintain the vessel in the desired location or maintain the required heading control.

Yaw: The change of heading due to the vessel’s rotation about the vertical axis

Sway: The vessel’s movement in the transverse direction (side stepping)

Surge: Vessel’s movement in the fore and aft direction

It is therefore important to have a propulsion system with an overall outstanding performance.

The above-mentioned requirements are fulfilled by the concept of Voith Schneider Propellers. Quick and precise steering, long service life, high availability and fast stopping, as well as high acceleration proper- ties make the VSP propulsion system a perfect partner for DP operation.

Roll Damping with Voith Schneider Propellers – Calculation for a PSV

Results from model tests (Marin)

Theoretical basis roll stabilization

Roll Stabilization Test VSP, Wave Height 1.5 m, Period 5.0 s 12 8 4 0 140
Roll Stabilization Test VSP,
Wave Height 1.5 m, Period 5.0 s
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Rollangle [°]
Roll Damping with Voith Schneider Propellers – Calculation for a PSV Results from model tests (Marin)

Very rapid thrust variation and generation of very high moments

makes it possible to use the VSP

for efficient reduction of the ship’s

rolling motion, in particular when

the ship is stationary or cruising.

The results of calculations, model tests and full scale measurements have proven that the Voith Schnei der Propeller allows very effective roll stabilization with the ship stationary or underway.

Sig. roll angle for a PSV GM = 1,3 m T = 15 s

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 2 3456 7 8 Without damping
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Wave height [m]
With VSP/VCR damping
Sig. roll angle [°]

Results from numerical investigations (TU Hamburg-Harburg, Prof. Söding)

Conclusion/Summary Independent investigation programs carried out by Marintek and SVA Vienna in cooperation with Voith Turbo

Conclusion/Summary

Independent investigation programs carried out by Marintek and SVA Vienna in cooperation with Voith Turbo Marine have confirmed the excellent propulsion efficiency of the VSP solution across the entire speed range. Additionally, the excel- lent sea keeping behaviour of the VSP was proven and documented alongside the renowned and well- established advantages of the VSP in terms of:

Redundancy Controllability (fast and extremely precise thrust control for DP mode) Roll stabilization can be offered for OSV applications. As a result, the performance of modern OSVs improves significantly Long service life and minimum downtimes

G 1986 e MSW/MA 09.2006 2000 Printed in Germany. Technical data and illustrations subject to change.

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G 1986 e MSW/MA 09.2006 2000 Printed in Germany. Technical data and illustrations subject to change.