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Voith Schneider Propeller VSP

Voith Schneider Propeller VSP

The Intelligent Propulsion System for Safe Shipping

The Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) combines propulsion and steering in one unit. This unique vessel propulsion solution was developed 90 years ago by Austrian engineer Ernst Schneider. Today, Voith Schneider Propellers are in use all over the world wherever precise, safe and efficient maneuvering is of the essence.

Wide range of applications

    Voith provides propulsion systems tailored to a wide range of applications

    The VSP principle

      The VSP principle is strikingly simple and fascinating at the same time

      With the VSP, magnitude and direction of thrust can be set steplessly and as necessary. A circular disk with movable and controllable blades installed at a 90 degree angle to the disk rotates at the vessel bottom.

      The magnitude of thrust is determined by the rotational speed of the disk; the blade angle determines the direction of thrust. VSP is a perfect propulsion system for precise maneuvering, even under adverse conditions.

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          Engineered for your success in the offshore market

          The open sea – both a valuable source of energy and an unpredictable force. A force that can only be mastered safely and efficiently with the best technology. A force that requires a connecting BRIDGE – with the innovative drive systems from Voith.

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          iVSP: Controlling a virtual Voith Schneider Propeller

            With the help of the iVSP (Interactive Voith Schneider Propeller) program you can experience for yourself how a Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) actually works.

            iVSP 2.1

            We’ve completely redesigned the iVSP app and added features that make the Voith Schneider Propeller even more realistic in 3D.

            In Version 2.1, the standard ship is a double-ended ferry, which you control with virtual joysticks. The double-ended ferry has four propellers. You control the two fore propellers with the left joystick and the two aft propellers with the right joystick.

            In addition, Version 2.1 offers a completely new training mode. A typical docking procedure is simulated by positioning the ship in a marked field within a specified time.

            Other new features include:

            • The user interface now has updated functionality that makes the iVSP app easier to use.
            • Steer like the captain of a VSP tug in the new Free Driving Mode. You can try out the maneuvers that are possible with this innovative drive.
            • Are you skilled enough to drive a VSP tug? Find out and master the course in Simulation Training.
            • Compare your results with friends and colleagues on the high score list.
            • Switch at any time from 3D into the views that show the motion or hydrodynamic forces. These show exactly what happens when you operate the VSP in real life.

            Download the latest version of the iVSP application and discover new features!



            Controlling a virtual Voith Schneider Propeller

            "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand." In full accordance with this quotation by Confucius, Voith Turbo Schneider Propulsion has developed the iVSP (Interactive Voith Schneider Propeller) program in English and German. With the help of this program you can experience for yourself how a Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) actually works.

            Viewers can play captain by using their mouse to control an on-screen steering wheel and lever or, alternatively, an on-screen joystick. The virtual VSP reacts immediately and visibly to any change in rudder or driving pitch. A kinematic or hydrodynamic viewing option illustrates the actual VSP operation. The relevant forces are shown by arrows in different colors.
            The maneuvers performed by the ship are displayed in the upper right hand part of the screen. A Voith Water Tractor (VWT) can be watched during its maneuvers from a bird's eye perspective (a camera linked to the VWT). The compass in the right-hand corner indicates the sailing direction.

            Interactive VSP Program iVSP Download (1.01 MB)

            Our Service - Part of Your Business

              The tailored service offered by Voith covers all your individual needs in detail. This service ensures maximum availability of your Voith vessel propulsion systems – directly from the manufacturer. This will have a positive effect on the value of your investment. Our experienced service team will assist you with any questions you may have.


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