COPROPEL Project at JEC Conference in Paris
COPROPEL project partner, Loiretech Ingeniere attended the JEC conference in Paris to promote the activities of the project.
The COPROPEL project brings together 9 organisations from 5 different countries, with two of the organisations based in UK (associated partners). The organisations involved in the project include 4 Research Institutes – TWI Limited (TWI) (associated partner), University of Ioannina (UOI), Brunel University London (BUL) (associated partner) and The Bulgarian Ship Hydrodynamics Centre (BSHC); 4 Industrial Partners – Loiretech Ingenierie (LRT), Danaos Shipping Company Limited (DAN), MECA Group (MECA), Glafcos Marine Ltd (GME) and one certification body - Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore Registre International (BV).
The project consortium will work together to develop and bring to market a marine composite propeller with an embedded structural health monitoring (SHM) system. The proposed activities will mature the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) up to 5-6 and drastically de-risk the integration of the investigated solutions on future products, effectively resulting in reducing the direct operating costs for operators while also minimising the environmental impact.
COPROPEL puts forth a holistic approach in the shipping industry by introducing a composite marine propeller offering corrosion resistance, a light weight, tailoring of material properties, and low electric signature and acoustic properties. The project consortium seeks to contribute to the optimisation of propulsion systems by developing and maturing technologies for the realisation of marine propellers made of advanced composite materials. Compared to their traditional counterparts, marine composite propellers are quieter, lighter in weight and highly efficient:
- Low vibration - reduced noise emissions; Its high damping performance absorbs vibration on the shafting, leading to reduced underwater radiated noise (URN)
- Lightweight; 50-60% lighter enabling a smaller shaft diameter, resulting in a smaller moment of inertia (1/4)
- High performance; 12% to 15% lower energy consumption and reduced environmental footprint
- High strength; Greater resistance to fatigue, enabling high reliability
- Reduced cavitation; Its flexible deformation enables the cavitation inception to be restrained.
The COPROPEL project has received funding from Horizon Europe Grant agreement 101056911.