Teignbridge contributed to the propulsion system onboard the largest aluminium OPV built in the world. Designed and built by OCEA in France, the vessel was built for the Philippines Coast Guard.
Teignbridge designed and supplied the shaft lines for the OPV, which consisted of a 205mm by 8,385mm tailshaft connected with muff couplings to a 190mm by 11,218mm intershaft. To ensure the smooth and vibration free running of the propulsion shaft line, Teignbridge engineers undertook whirling calculations to produce the lateral and axial vibration report.
Teignbridge Propellers has recently benefited from the results of a 2.5-year, UK-funded demonstration project into high efficiency propulsion systems (HEPS). The HEPS project was funded and developed as a partnership with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) – a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies and the UK government with the mission to accelerate the development of close-to-market, low carbon technologies.
During the course of the £3 million project, Teignbridge Propellers investigated three innovative areas of propeller performance improvement, targeted at the reduction of fuel and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the large fleet of Handysize bulk carriers and product tankers, ferries, offshore service vessels and container feeders that operate in UK waters. Teignbridge said the innovations and associated learning, however, can be applied to almost all commercial, leisure and military vessels.
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