Voith Schneider Propeller VSP
The Intelligent Propulsion System for Safe Shipping
The Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) combines propulsion and steering in one unit. This unique vessel propulsion solution was developed 90 years ago by Austrian engineer Ernst Schneider. Today, Voith Schneider Propellers are in use all over the world wherever precise, safe and efficient maneuvering is of the essence.
Wide range of applications
Voith provides propulsion systems tailored to a wide range of applications
The VSP principle
The VSP principle is strikingly simple and fascinating at the same time
With the VSP, magnitude and direction of thrust can be set steplessly and as necessary. A circular disk with movable and controllable blades installed at a 90 degree angle to the disk rotates at the vessel bottom.
The magnitude of thrust is determined by the rotational speed of the disk; the blade angle determines the direction of thrust. VSP is a perfect propulsion system for precise maneuvering, even under adverse conditions.
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Engineered for your success in the offshore market
The open sea – both a valuable source of energy and an unpredictable force. A force that can only be mastered safely and efficiently with the best technology. A force that requires a connecting BRIDGE – with the innovative drive systems from Voith.
iVSP: Controlling a virtual Voith Schneider Propeller
With the help of the iVSP (Interactive Voith Schneider Propeller) program you can experience for yourself how a Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) actually works.
We’ve completely redesigned the iVSP app and added features that make the Voith Schneider Propeller even more realistic in 3D.
In addition, Version 2.1 offers a completely new training mode. A typical docking procedure is simulated by positioning the ship in a marked field within a specified time.
Other new features include:
- The user interface now has updated functionality that makes the iVSP app easier to use.
- Steer like the captain of a VSP tug in the new Free Driving Mode. You can try out the maneuvers that are possible with this innovative drive.
- Are you skilled enough to drive a VSP tug? Find out and master the course in Simulation Training.
- Compare your results with friends and colleagues on the high score list.
- Switch at any time from 3D into the views that show the motion or hydrodynamic forces. These show exactly what happens when you operate the VSP in real life.
Download the latest version of the iVSP application and discover new features!
iVSP 2.0 invites you to be your own captain and explore the unique technology of the Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP).
Perhaps you still remember the predecessor program iVSP? It certainly helped to explain the VSP technology, but the ship sailed without illustrating the complex physical effects. With the new version, you get a quasi-realistic on-board experience of the advantages of the VSP and also gain a 3D insight into the heart of the VSP – its kinematics.
The iVSP 2.0 program has three menu points: “Free Driving Mode”, “Kinematics & Forces” and “Active Simulation Training.”
The vessel you will find under the “Free Driving Mode“ and “Active Simulation Training“ menus are ready to sail and depicted as realistically as possible. The forces of the VSPs, the hydromechanics of the ship and all inertia effects are accurately captured in a time simulation. In “Active Simulation Training“ range, you can test your steering capabilities of the VSP by operating the ship in competition with other captains.
Under “Kinematics & Forces“, you learn how the unique mechanics and hydromechanics of the Voith Schneider Propeller work. Take your time: Alternate between “Kinematics“ and “Hydrodynamic Forces“; modify the speed, longitudinal and transverse thrust; and monitor the movements of the kinematics and/or the generation of hydrodynamic forces. Witness how the secret of the VSP is being revealed.
We wish you a great time on board - Voith Turbo Mobility.
Controlling a virtual Voith Schneider Propeller
Viewers can play captain by using their mouse to control an on-screen steering wheel and lever or, alternatively, an on-screen joystick. The virtual VSP reacts immediately and visibly to any change in rudder or driving pitch. A kinematic or hydrodynamic viewing option illustrates the actual VSP operation. The relevant forces are shown by arrows in different colors.
The maneuvers performed by the ship are displayed in the upper right hand part of the screen. A Voith Water Tractor (VWT) can be watched during its maneuvers from a bird's eye perspective (a camera linked to the VWT). The compass in the right-hand corner indicates the sailing direction.
Our Service - Part of Your Business
The tailored service offered by Voith covers all your individual needs in detail. This service ensures maximum availability of your Voith vessel propulsion systems – directly from the manufacturer. This will have a positive effect on the value of your investment. Our experienced service team will assist you with any questions you may have.