Application asymmetric reaction vanes

W. S. Gearhart, R. C. Marboe

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A historical review of reaction fin development and the application of an asymmetric reaction vane system forward of a propeller on a 41 ft U.S. Coast Guard boat is presented. An analytical evaluation of the efficiency gains that can be obtained with a reaction fin system is presented and compared with experimental measurements. The use of such a system for outboard motor propulsion is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-50
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Shipbuilding Progress
Issue number413
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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