Fuel coefficient value.

Discussion in 'Propulsion' started by Adeyele, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Adeyele
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    Adeyele Junior Member

    Dear all,

    I want to calculate the fuel consumption of a vessel. i have the formular- Displ^0.7*V^3/fuel coefficient. But i dont know wat wil be d value of the fuel coeficient.

    The vessel installed power is 300kw

    Did any1 knows how to get the fuel coefficient value.

    Looking forward to a reply.

  2. johneck
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    johneck Senior Member

    Fuel consumption is generally given as grams/kW-hr and a reasonable number would be something like 220 g/kW-hr. So to calculate fuel consumption you need to know how much power you will actually be using and for how long. so 300 kW for 10 hrs would take 220*300*10/1000=660 kg of fuel. I think that the displ^0.7*v^3 might be an attempt to determine power required to go a certain speed, but I don't know where it came from or if it is appropriate for your vessel.
  3. daiquiri
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    daiquiri Engineering and Design

    That's one odd formula. The 0.7 looks like a single-decimal round-off of the fraction 2/3. If so, then the term Displ^0.7 appears to stand for Displ^(2/3), dimensionally an area.

    So the formula apparently is a semplification of a general formula
    (1) Power,effective = 0.5*rho V^3 A Cf
    which is valid only for low speeds, where wave resistance is negligible. Cf is the friction coefficient and A is the wetted area, substituted by Displ^(2/3).
    The engine power will be given by
    (2) Power,engine = Power,effective / (prop_efficiency * gear_efficiency)
    and the power fed into the engine by the fuel will be given by:
    (3) Power,fuel = Power,engine / thermal_efficiency.
    Finally, the fuel consumption will be
    (4) FC = Power,fuel / fuel energy content

    By comparing the formula (4) to the OP's Displ^0.7*V^3/FC (FC= fuel coeffcient) we see that the "fuel coefficient" in the OP's formula is a number which contains all the passages from (1) to (4), which means that it is tightly related to a specific ship and power plant, and is hence impossible to express as one-fits-all number.


  4. CDK
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    CDK retired engineer

    The 300 kW machine burns 66 kg of fuel if it is a modern one, up to 80 kg if it is an oldie.
    To estimate the distance, you need at least all the data diaquiri mentioned, plus a computer and a spreadsheet. And the outcome may still be very wrong unless waves and wind are also considered.
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