Ocean Fish Tail Rudder

Fish Tail Rudders

Ocean Fish Tail Rudder
Ocean Fish Tail Rudder

“Fish Tail Rudders” which have been giving many excellent results up to now are categorized as a high lift special rudder, and mainly aimed at excellent maneuverability in port in such a manner that a forwarding component of a ship’s propulsive force can be reduced to zero when most suitably designed, with the rudder being turned up to 70 degrees. On the other hand, ”Ocean Fish Tail Rudders” are designed for use in the area of ocean-going vessels, and mainly aimed at keeping ship’s good propulsive performance during ocean navigation; namely, Ocean Fish Tail Rudders are designed so that propulsive resistance can be equalized to or less than that of an ordinary rudder, and that ship’s maneuverability can be of a similar degree to that of ordinary Fish Tail Rudders.
As a result, an Ocean Shilling Rudder exhibits less propulsive resistance course keeping quality, course stability and safety as well as excellent inherent maneuverability in port.
Maximum helm angle of 45° is available for an Ocean Fish Tail Rudder. But incase that importance is attached to maneuvering in port, maximum helm angle of 70° is also available by request.
This is a proposal for introducing new design concept in the field of the conventional ordinary rudders.

FEATURES

● New Aerofoil Profile.

Effects of tail angle, slope angle (including an element of foil thickness variation) and chord length will be examined by a tank test, and an aerofoil profile will be designed so that resistance can be equal to or less than that of an ordinary rudder.

New Aerofoil Profile Fish Tail Rudders
New Aerofoil Profile Fish Tail Rudders

● Lift Coefficient.

The value of lift coefficient of an Ocean Fish Tail Rudders is about 40% higher than that of an ordinary rudder, and reaches the maximum at the rudder angle of about 45 degrees.

Lift Coefficient Fish Tail Rudders
Lift Coefficient Fish Tail Rudders

● Drag Coefficient (Resistance) 

When a rudder is nearly at the neutral position, which means that a ship is going straight, the value of drag coefficient (resistance) of an Ocean Fish Tail Rudder is less than that of an ordinary rudder.
On the contrary, the value of drag coefficient at the rudder angle of 35 degrees becomes 40% higher, and at the rudder angle of 45 degrees 80% higher, respectively, than that of an ordinary rudder at the rudder angle of 35 degrees. These high values of drag coefficient coupled with high lift coefficient display high maneuverability (steering ability).

Drag Coefficient (Resistance) Fish Tail Rudders
Drag Coefficient (Resistance) Fish Tail Rudders

● High Steering Ability (Maneuverability)

By virtue of the increase in the values of drag coefficient and lift coefficient, high ship’s maneuverability is displayed at the rudder angle of about 45 degrees.

● Light weight and Low Cost

As an Ocean Fish Tail Rudder has more than 30% higher lift coefficient than that of an ordinary rudder, its weight becomes about 20 – 30% less than that of an ordinary rudder for the equivalent lift; thus reduction in cost can be attained.

RUDDER PERFORMANCE

Comparisons of rudder performance have been made between Ocean Fish Tail Rudders and ordinary rudders of Mariner Type by tank tests, simulation and on board actual vessels as follows :

60BC-Steady Turning Motion at Tank Tests
60BC-Steady Turning Motion at Tank Tests
75BC- Steady Turning Motion by Simulation and Turning Movement at Sea Trial Ships
75BC- Steady Turning Motion by Simulation and Turning Movement at Sea Trial Ships

MANEUVERING AND RUDDER ANGLES FOR OCEAN FISH TAIL RUDDERS

Depending on which one more importance is attached to, ocean-going performance or maneuverability in port, the following choices are prepared. No matter which choice is taken,Ocean Fish Tail Rudders will produce sufficient effects.
In designing Ocean Fish Tail Rudders, an optimum design is made per ship for rudder shape, rudder layout and a rotary vane type steering gear as an overall steering system conforming to desired ship’s operation.

When importance is attached to ocean-going performance :

The maximum rudder angle of 45 degrees to port and starboard, respectively, is applied.
During ocean-going of a long distance, with an autopilot or a steering wheel being applied, propulsive performance is excellent in terms of course stability and course keeping quality, with propulsive resistance being equal to or less than that of an ordinary rudder.
In addition, maneuverability in an emergency and in port is much improved: an ability to brake a ship at its maximum rudder angle is remarkably higher than that of an ordinary rudder at its rudder angle of 35 degrees. This contributes to avoiding collision and improves safety.

When importance is attached to operation in port :

The maximum rudder angle of 70 degrees to port and starboard, respectively, is applied.
With the rudder being taken to the maximum angle, ship’s forwarding thrust can be reduced to the utmost, and large side thrust is exhibited, thus resulting in more excellent maneuverability.

COMPARISON OF OUTFIT ON BOARD VESSEL

The following drawings show a comparison of the rudder outfit on board vessel between an Ocean Fish Tail Rudder and an ordinary rudder :

Comparison of outfit on board vessel
Comparison of outfit on board vessel

DELIVERY RECORDS (EXCERPTS)

Ocean Fish Tail Rudders installed on board vessels are shown in the following table as excerpts.
Special attention is drawn to the fact that an Ocean Fish Tail Rudder was applied to the 75,000 DWT Bulk Carrier. Further demands are anticipated after this.

Ship’s kind LPP(m) DWT Speed(kn) Class
Bulk Carrier 139.0 13,500 14.6 NK
RO/RO 150.0 5,316 22.0 NK
PCC 160.0 10,298 22.0 NK
Product Tanker 173.0 40,000 15.1 AB
Chemical Tanker 180.0 46,100 16.7 NK
Bulk Carrier 182.0 55,500 15.1 NK
Container 188.0 30,250 22.5 BV
PCTC 190.0 18,947 21.9 NK
Bulk Carrier 196.0 35,000 15.2 DNV
Bulk Carrier 216.0 72,700 15.7 DNV
Bulk Carrier 217.0 75,000 16.4 AB
Tanker 230.0 85,000 15.5 AB

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