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08/30/2016

Voith Linear Jet: The Efficient, Reliable and Low-Noise Propulsion Solution for Fast Windfarm Support Vessels

  • Combines advantages of propellers with those of water jets
  • Hydrodynamically optimized design
  • Low noise emissions through an encapsulated rotor
  • Facilitates operation in rough seas thanks to high course stability and constant thrust
The Voith Linear Jet (VLJ) combines the advantages of propellers with those of water jets.
Heidenheim: The 21 meter Trearddur Bay, a Crew Transport Vessel (CTV) owned by Welsh ship operator Turbine Transfers, has been transporting personnel, material and tools to offshore wind farms for slightly more than a year. She is the first CTV propelled by a Voith Linear Jet (VLJ) with the power being transmitted from two 900 kW diesel engines. The innovative Voith propulsion system is perfectly suited to the CTV requirements – namely high static thrust, high efficiency over the entire speed range, excellent maneuverability and low noise, vibration and emissions. Fast, safe, comfortable and efficient transport even in rough seas requires all these qualities to come together.
The Trearddur Bay is a Crew Transport Vessel (CTV) owned by Welsh ship operator Turbine Transfers and transports personnel as well as material and tools to offshore wind farms.
Highly efficient over the entire speed range
The VLJ combines the advantages of propellers with those of waterjets. The VLJ nozzles are optimized in order to generate high static thrust while at the same time providing a consistently high level of efficiency over the entire speed range from approx. 20 to over 40 knots. The VLJ is therefore ideally suited for ships with a mixed operating profile from slow cruising  to traveling at higher speeds. Its high propulsion efficiency results in low fuel consumption while at the same time ensuring a high degree of operative flexibility. The efficiency of conventional propellers declines steadily at ship speeds in excess of approx. 25 knots when cavitation increases. At the same time, noise and vibration levels rise. Water jets by contrast are highly efficient for applications with speeds in excess of approx. 35 knots but plunge in efficiency at lower speeds.

Robust, reliable and low-noise
The VLJ only has few movable parts made of high-quality materials making it robust and reducing maintenance requirements. The hydrodynamically optimized rotor encapsulated by the nozzle reduces noise and vibration emissions over the entire speed range – advantages that are frequently praised by the Trearddur Bay crew.
The VLJ nozzles are optimized such that they generate high static thrust while at the same time providing a consistently high level of efficiency over the entire speed range from approx. 20 to more than 40 knots.
Precise maneuvering in any water depth and at any speed
A CFD analysis tailored to each ship ensures optimum VLJ integration into the vessel hull. The result is a high propulsion efficiency over the entire speed range combined with a shallow draft. At high speeds, the nozzle improves course stability. The stator aft of the rotor linearizes the rudder inflow and enables safe and precise maneuvering even in rough seas. Specific thrust allocation algorithms have been developed for maneuvers at low speeds. They are adapted to the relevant vessel parameters and enable the integration of maneuvering aids such as bow thrusters. The VLJ can also be combined with hybrid or electric propulsion systems instead of diesel engines, lending itself not only to workboats but to a wide variety of applications such as yachts, fast ferries or coastguard vessels.

Voith Turbo, a Group Division of Voith GmbH, is the specialist for intelligent drive solutions and systems. Customers from highly diverse industries such as oil and gas, energy, mining and mechanical engineering, ship technology, rail and commercial vehicles rely on advanced technologies from Voith Turbo.

Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the largest family owned companies in Europe.*

*Excluding the discontinued Voith Industrial Services Group Division.

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Matthias Herms

Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Global Market Communication Manager

 

t +49 7321 37 2749

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