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Fluid coupling type TP for ship drives

The Voith fluid couplings types TP, DTPK and TPZS are fill-controlled couplings for ship drives. The coupling dampens torsional vibrations, impacts and shock loads that are caused by the motor and propeller. This increases the service life of all drive components.

The filling level of the coupling can be controlled. This allows a load-free motor run-up and controlling of the torque (e.g., for running slowly). When emptied completely, the torque transmission of the fluid coupling from the engine to the driven machine is decoupled (hydrodynamic clutching function).

With multi-motor drives, the Voith fluid coupling ensures automatic load sharing. The different operating states of the ship (e.g., when docking, or sailing on the open sea) makes switching the motors on and off necessary. This is possible at any time and with all speeds using a Voith fluid coupling.


Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA
Hydrodynamic Couplings
Voithstr. 1
74564 Crailsheim, Germany

Sales, Technical Consulting, Quotations
Tel. +49 7951 32-409
Fax +49 7951 32-213

Service, Spare parts, Repair
Tel. +49 7951 32-1020
Fax +49 7951 32-554

24/7 Technical Emergency Helpline
+49 7951 32-1616

Benefits and uses

  • Load-free motor/engine run-up
  • Smooth start-up of driven machine
  • Protects the drive chain in case of an overload
  • Dampens torsional vibration in the drive chain
  • Protects system components - the service life of your system increases
  • Hydrodynamic clutching function
  • Robust and unsusceptible to environmental influences
  • Wear-free power transmission - reduced maintenance and repairs
  • Automatic load sharing in multi-motor drives protects your motor against overload

Typical fields of use

  • Cargo ships
  • Frigates
  • Ferries

Size: 487 mm to 1,330 mm
Power: 200 kW to 10,000 kW