EVALUATION OF SUBMARINE POWER TRANSMISSIONS, APPENDIX 11
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO SCHENECTADY NY
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The evaluation of transmission systems for steampowered submarines is summarized. Following a more detailed investigation of certain types of fluid transmissions, all information available on mechanical, fluid, and electrical transmissions was collected. The merits of each of 31 transmissions and comparison with the systems design goals reduced the field to 4 transmissions. It can be concluded that the direct coupled steam turbine is the only presently feasible transmission system which meets the reliability, maintenance, and noise requirements prescribed in this program. The steam motor direct drive is superior to the steam turbine because of its considerable weight advantage. Third place in the lineup of feasible transmissions can go to either hydraulic or electric transmissions dependent mainly on the weight vs efficiency criteria imposed on the system.
- Submarine Engineering