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Fuel Efficiency Comparison Between High Speed Sealift Ships and Airlift Aircraft

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This paper presents the findings of an investigation into the fuel efficiency of a number of concept designs for High Speed Sealift ships. A factor based on fuel weight, cargo weight and range is used to compare the ships with fixed-wing aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft and airships. It is shown that even with a substantial proportion of the ship's deadweight set aside for fuel, it is more efficient to use a High Speed Sealift ship.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2002

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