Performance prediction and design of wind-assisted propulsion systems
Paper in proceeding, 2021

Wind-assisted propulsion is seen as one of the main alternatives to potentially achieve large emission reductions in shipping. However, wind-assisted propulsion introduces new challenges in the design, retrofitting and performance prediction as well as the performance analysis. This paper presents and compares methods to predict the performance of wind-assisted propulsion, using the validated performance prediction model ShipCLEAN. Focus is put on evaluating the difference between 1 degree of freedom (1 DOF) and 4 DOF methods as well as the impact of aerodynamic interaction effects in between multiple sails. Practical design considerations and performance differences are discussed based on an example ship. The study includes a comparison of the performance of different sail types (Flettner rotors, Wing sails and Suction wings) under realistic operational conditions.

sailing ships

Energy systems modelling

Performance prediction

wind-assisted ship propulsion


Fabian Thies

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Jonas Ringsberg

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Proceedings of the International Conference Wind Propulsion 2021

2752-6569 (ISSN)


Wind Propulsion 2021
London, United Kingdom,

WASP - Wind assisted ship propulsion

Interreg, 2019-08-15 -- 2023-01-15.

Chalmers, 2019-08-15 -- 2023-01-15.

Strategic research project on Chalmers on hydro- and aerodynamics

The Chalmers University Foundation, 2019-01-01 -- 2023-12-31.

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