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Check out this Awesome Ship Propulsion System Answered

http://www.voithturbo.de/vt_en_pua_marine_vspropeller.htm

To see it in action -- click "Open iVSP - Interactive VSP Program" on the bottom half of the page.

Just wondering if anyone got as excited as I did... or at least just as amazed as I was :p

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chase!! (author)2007-08-30

Thanks, I had been looking for more info on this system (I understand how they work, I just couldn't remember the name). It's a pretty awesome application of airfoils.

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Captain Pedantic (author)2007-08-30

The Barberi- and Austen-class Staten Island Ferries have Voith-Schneider propulsion.

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lemonie (author)2007-08-24

Got me thinking about turbines, and I found a turbo timeline...

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NachoMahma (author)lemonie2007-08-24

. You come up with the strangest, and most interesting, stuff. Great link.

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lemonie (author)NachoMahma2007-08-25

I found the timeline amusing, there's really no connection between the events left and right. I find it wierd that someone though of putting it out as part of a web-marketing package (or do I...?) L

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Tool Using Animal (author)2007-08-24

It s an interesting system, you can buy model ones from Graupner model boats.

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crapflinger (author)2007-08-24

yeah...those things are nuts....i think i saw something where the coast guard has a HUGE cutter that's got one of those...could be wrong... it's crazy how you can go forward and reverse or laterally without changing the direction of rotation

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acer73 (author)2007-08-23

Yeah this has been around for a while now, NachoMahma is right, I saw a documentry on the panama cannel and their tugs use this type of propulsion.

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NachoMahma (author)2007-08-23

. I think Popular Science (maybe Popular Mechanics) had an article on this some years back. Mainly used for tugs and other high-power, low-speed craft, IIRC.

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