Possible power train concepts for nuclear powered merchant ships


Dedes, E, Turnock, S.R., Hudson, D.A. and Hirdaris, S. (2011) Possible power train concepts for nuclear powered merchant ships At LCS 2011: International Conference on Technologies, Operations, Logistics and Modelling for Low Carbon Shipping, United Kingdom. 22 - 24 Jun 2011. , pp. 261-274.

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Description/Abstract

Nuclear propulsion has many potential advantages in terms of reduced emissions, as nuclear fission itself has zero CO2, NOx, SOx and PM emissions, although the whole nuclear fuel cycle has an amount of emission associated with it. An overview of current and future reactor technologies suitable for marine propulsion is presented. A comparison in terms of efficiency and technology used is performed and technical and constructional aspects for surface non - military applications are discussed. A debate of feasible ship types is made and proposals of propulsion layouts are highlighted including the use of all electric ship concepts. The actual engine loading and the efficiency of propulsion components have great importance in propulsion behaviour and fuel consumption, which imply further constraints in merchant nuclear propulsion applications in terms of refuelling intervals. The social impacts and constraints in operation of such vessels, orients the designers towards large DWT vessels that can load and unload outside the ports.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Venue - Dates: LCS 2011: International Conference on Technologies, Operations, Logistics and Modelling for Low Carbon Shipping, United Kingdom, 2011-06-22 - 2011-06-24
Keywords: Nuclear Propulsion, Rankine cycle, Emissions, Hybrid systems, reactor technologies
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Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group
ePrint ID: 198501
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June 2011Published
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 12:56
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 01:31
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/198501

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