New ZF pod for single installations

Discussion in 'Propulsion' started by Willallison, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Willallison
    Joined: Oct 2001
    Posts: 3,590
    Likes: 130, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 2369
    Location: Australia

    Willallison Senior Member

    ZF have released a pod drive suitable for engines up to 480 hp for single engine installations. They are also marketing the unit as a joy-stick package with their own bow thruster, which - even though it's electric - has a 10 minute duty cycle.
    The pod is able to rotate through 180 degrees (90 degrees port & stbd) giving full joy-stick control.

    I've never been a particular fan of pods - preferring the trimming ability and less vulnerable nature of sterndrives. But this will certainly throw a(nother) cat amongst the pigeons...

    http://www.boattest.com/engines/Engine-Test.aspx?ID=440024
     
  2. mark775

    mark775 Guest

    With the right programmer, I suppose this could be used for dynamic positioning. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    Nice item, yes. They say even 30 minutes for the thruster! Wow that is impressive.
     
  4. Willallison
    Joined: Oct 2001
    Posts: 3,590
    Likes: 130, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 2369
    Location: Australia

    Willallison Senior Member

    Yes - I haven't had a chance to look into how they've manages to achieve it... clever lads over at ZF....
     
  5. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    Hmm, ja,

    Friedrichshafen you know. One of the German cluster points since ages, when it comes to outstanding engineering and quality.

    Zeppelin, ZF, MTU, Dornier and so on.
     
  6. Landlubber
    Joined: Jun 2007
    Posts: 2,640
    Likes: 124, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 1802
    Location: Brisbane

    Landlubber Senior Member

    Thrusters

    AC thruster, emmmm, only found this one on DC, massive current of course. Does anyone have any details of the AC units, needs of course a gen set running now, may even be 3 phase.....therein lies a few problems. The units are not very large in the hole size.
     

    Attached Files:

  7. Willallison
    Joined: Oct 2001
    Posts: 3,590
    Likes: 130, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 2369
    Location: Australia

    Willallison Senior Member

    Yes - I just took a look at that brochure on their website - about the only info I've found.
    AC, but still 12 - 48 v supplied.
    As said, ZF aren't silly... doubt they'd be suggesting thrusters for smaller recreadtional craft that required gensets to be running or 3-phase power supplies...

    Part of the long duty cycle must be down to the variable speed... note that it says up to 30 minutes.....
     

  8. Landlubber
    Joined: Jun 2007
    Posts: 2,640
    Likes: 124, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 1802
    Location: Brisbane

    Landlubber Senior Member

    ...right, that could well be the key work, thanks for the info.
     
Loading...
Forum posts represent the experience, opinion, and view of individual users. Boat Design Net does not necessarily endorse nor share the view of each individual post.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Your circumstances or experience may be different.