The Optima nozzle brings the best of both worlds together. An improved forward thrust performance comparable with the conventional 19A nozzle, combined with the good reverse thrust performance of the 37 nozzle. It has a slightly longer and higher inlet profile and the propeller is located just behind the middle of the nozzle. The outlet profile is practically identical to the profile of the type 37 nozzles. After an intensive period of designing, developing and testing we launched the Optima nozzle in 1998.
In order to improve the propulsive efficiency of the 19A and 37 nozzles, Damen Marine Components carried out several research projects. This resulted in designing a nozzle with a modified profile where the propeller rotates further backwards in the nozzle.
This Optima nozzle is ideal for several types of vessels thanks to the good forward and reverse thrust performance and the extremely strong profile. It’s suitable for icebreakers, inland ships, pushbusters, tugs, workboats, dredgers and various other vessels that combine relatively high power outputs with heavy sailing conditions.
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Single Weld Spinning Method
Damen Marine Components has developed the Single Weld Spinning Method based on a single weld seam on the inner side of the nozzle. This machine can produce nozzles with an inside diameter ranging from 1,000 mm to 5.3 m outside. Using a completely automated system, the spinning machine can handle stainless steel, duplex, steel and special steel materials.
A nozzle is a sustainable product by definition because it significantly reduces fuel consumption and CO² emissions. The Spinning Weld Method makes the production of the nozzle even more environmentally friendly, since there is less welding and grinding, this saves energy and emissions. In addition, this method saves production time and enhances DMC’s stable price/quality ratio, which makes it more cost efficient.
- Cost efficient
- Smoother nozzle surface
- Reduced fuel consumption and CO² emissions
- Efficient production process