Joint Industry Project Shares on Mechanical Azimuthing Thrusters
Over the last years a considerable amount of mechanical azimuthing thrusters have been manufactured and delivered for various applications on different types of vessels, covering wide ranges of operational profiles.
Obviously the operation of those mechanical azimuthing thrusters have exceeded the design constraints and limits, causing a large number of gear and bearing failures. The Joint Industry Project SHARES aims at a better understanding of loads and responses, making the project beneficial for better design of the complex thruster mechanical system.
Source: marin, October 3, 2011