Student Papers Meeting Held By SNAME New England Section

The New England section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers held its annual student papers meeting recently which was attended by over 60 members and student members.

The first paper, entitled "Influence of Design and Fabrication on Underwater Ship Maintenance and Repair," was authored by Lt. Comdr. R.S. Mc- Cord, USN. Commander McCord is currently assigned to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and he graduated from M.I.T. in June 1981. The objective of his paper was to summarize many of the existing maintenance and repair procedures that divers perform on ships. This summary was intended to provide ship designers and builders with an input as to what can and cannot be done to the underwater portion of ships while w a t e r b o r n e . Suggestions were given in the paper regarding aspects which if taken into consideration in the design and fabrication of ships can increase diver productivity.

The second paper was co-authored by a group of senior marine engineering students of the State University of New York Maritime College, class of 1982— Brian Emch, Christopher Johnson, and Lautaro Montgomery.

The title of the paper was "Coal Fired Commercial Vessels — A Practical Alternative." In each of the past two years, one section of Maritime College senior marine engineering students has been engaged in the design of coal-fired merchant vessels and related s u b - s y s t e m s.

These projects have included the design of a coal-fired containership, and a coal-fired ro / r o vessel, concentrating on power plant refinements and the interface of the vessel and the bunkering facility.

The present paper summarized the results of the work done and discussed the economics of coalfired ships. The paper illustrated how coal firing can offer a viable economic alternative to oil firing of ships, and the various possible alternative designs were discussed.

The design projects on which the material presented in the paper was based were performed under the direction of Prof. Jose Femenia, who made the introductory comments.

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