WIT Press


Diagnosing Ship Propulsion By Vibration Measurement For Navigation Safety

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RISK080531

Volume

39

Pages

10

Page Range

545 - 554

Published

2008

Size

567 kb

Author(s)

A. Charchalis

Abstract

Presently, as a result of the technical progress, more and more complicated machines are being used in our everyday life. This is especially the case in relation to technology used at sea, where highly specialised services are needed. Sophisticated marine devices require special diagnostic methods that take into account the specific conditions of use of this type of machinery. In this paper we present the diagnostic systems elaborated to support the exploitation of the vessel power plant with gas turbines. During engine assembly, the rotating components are mounted with great attention in order to minimise shaft unbalance. However, even while applying the highest standards, factors such as machines’ imperfection or differential thermal expansion cause a small residual unbalance of the gas turbine rotor. The dynamic problems of Marine Gas Turbine Engines are directly related to such basic elements as rotors, bearings, struts of bearings, engine body and the type of substructure. Keywords: diagnosing, vibroacoustics, gas turbine engines, ship propulsion plant, vessel propulsion system. 1 Introduction The propulsion systems of warship vessels and especially combat vessels are constructions where enormous power is applied. The power of the installed propulsion system reaches 100 MW. In order to achieve the required high power production gas turbine engines are used. The contemporary gas turbines used on warships can achieve power up to 30 MW, at the same time possessing little unit mass (even up to 0,2 kg/W).

Keywords

diagnosing, vibroacoustics, gas turbine engines, ship propulsion plant, vessel propulsion system.