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Determination of Maximum Loads for Drivetrain Components in Thrusters Using Flexible Multibody-System Models

The article "Determination of Maximum Loads for Drivetrain Components in Thrusters Using Flexible Multibody-System Models" appeared in the August 2017 issue of Gear Technology.

Summary
The usage of modern thrusters allows combining the functions of the drive and the ship rudder in one unit, which are separated in conventional ship propulsion systems. The horizontally oriented propeller is supported in a vertically rotatable nacelle that is mounted underneath the ship's hull. The propeller can directly or indirectly be driven by an electric motor or combustion engine. Direct drive requires the installation of a low-speed electric motor in the nacelle. This present paper concentrates on indirect drives where the driving torque is transferred by bevel gear stages and shafts from the motor to the propeller.

Keywords
simulation, marine gearboxes, drivetrain analysis, FEA, load simulation

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