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For the ultimate in speed, maneuverability, efficiency and dependability, nothing matches Twin Disc Arneson Surface Drives. Their surface-piercing propeller design reduces underwater drag by 50% compared to conventional submerged propeller drive systems. The only surfaces to contact the water are the propeller blades and a protective skeg. This results in higher overall speed, quicker acceleration and a better payload-to-power ratio. And 50% less drag significantly improves fuel economy while lowering operating costs.

A conventional marine propulsion system, if well designed, can allow good performance for top speeds of about 35 knots and in few cases up to 40 knots.The technology to move into the realm of over forty, fifty, sixty and above are now available and have been proven.

  • Arneson Surface Drives (ASD) was originally developed by its inventor Mr. Howard Arneson. The creation of his unique surface drive system began as a hobby. Arneson spent about three years developing the drive system, which was introduced in 1980. 

    He began with a fixed shaft arrangement with a surface piercing propeller, and although the basic idea worked, it was impossible to trim up or down. A key element in his invention was a ball and a socket arrangement, which when coupled with a constant velocity joint would allow the operator to change the angle and achieve the trimmability Arneson was seeking.

    Initially tested on many different racing applications, Arneson Surface Drives were immediately successful in a number of racing circuits around the world.  Since the production of Arneson Surface drives in 1980, many catamarans in excess of 150 mph have been designed and are currently in operation today. Since then thousands of ASD have been produced and ASD is became the most popular and used surface drive system in the world.

    In 1992 
    Twin Disc Inc. a major company in marine propulsion field acquired the rights to manufacture and distribute ASD. The development of different ASD sized has continued since that time to meet a wide range of applications in the boating industry, and today, Twin Disc offers nine different model sizes for gas, diesel and turbine engines up to 10,000 Hp.

    Over 20 Government Agencies around the world have recognized the many advantages of ASD and have built patrol boats and other craft that utilize ASD as well as Commercial operators who have applications ranging from small utility craft to ferry boats. 

  • Trimmability
    The capability to trim up and/or down the drive is obtained through a hydraulic cylinder called “trim cylinder”. The ability to trim the Arneson Drives allows for the propeller submergence to match the engine horsepower output, thus more power is converted to producing thrust while the engine is operating closer or at its rated power curve.

    Propeller submergence can be adjusted while underway, by using a surface piercing propeller in conjunction with an ASD, allowing selection of the optimum thrust angle for varying load and sea condition

    Steerability
    Steering control and response is maximized when the propeller function is the essential directional force. Unlike conventional systems that vector propeller thrust off an external rudder, the Arneson Surface Drives angle the propellers in the appropriate direction of motion. Because the thrust steering the ASD can turn tighter, with greater control than fixed shaft drives. Tests shown that positive thrust steering has an effect double than propeller rudder effect. Maneuverability is improved at all speed. 

    Reversibility
    The Surface Drives have the reputation for poor reversing characteristics. Unlike Surface fixed shaft system Arneson Surface Drives can be trimmed down during docking maneuvering improving a lot reversing.

    New blade designs released over the last years have improved reverse maneuverability in respect to traditional “cleaver” type design and now harbor performance is very similar to conventional propeller applications thanks to this development together with an appropriate hull design and the use of Arneson articulated Surface Drive system. 

  • The result of such innovative propulsion system can be summarized as follows:

    1. 15-30% speed increase over conventional systems 
    2. 15-30% increase in fuel efficiency 
    3. Shallow water maneuverability 
    4. Reduced cavitation 
    5. Larger selection of propellers 
    6. Reduced underwater appendage drag up to 50% 
    7. Positive thrust steering- superior maneuverability 
    8. Maintenance simplicity- less than 20 moving parts 
    9. Low maintenance requirements 
    10. Greater flexibility of engine placement 
    11. Less vibration- smoother running condition

    ARNESON SURFACE DRIVE vr WATERJET vr CONVENTIONAL PROPULSION
     


  • The proven performance and reliability of Arneson Surface Drives (ASD) is available for all craft ranging from 30 up to 200 feet. 18 models are available and allow the selection of the most suitable ASD for any planning hull and engine.

    MODEL

    INPUT SHAFT TORQUE Nm

    UNIT WEIGHT (dry)  Kg

    EXTERNAL LENGHT mm

    SHAFT SIZE mm

    SOCKET DIAMETER mm

    SOCKET FLANGE mm

    TURNING ANGLE

    TRIM CONTROL

    ASD 08

    1625

    B 130

    1066

    50.8

    222

    312

    40

    15

    ASD 08i 

    1627

    B 243

    990

    50.8

    222

    *

    40

    15

    ASD 10 

    2710

    B 189

    1340

    63.5

    262

    349

    40

    15

    ASD11

    4336

    B 191

    1412

    73

    262

    349

    40

    15

    ASD12S

    5695

    B 352

    1586

    76.2

    327

    431

    40

    15

    ASD12L

    6504

    B 354

    1608

    83.8

    327

    431

    40

    15

    ASD14 

    11525

    B 515

    1803

    88.9

    376

    482

    40

    15

    ASD15S 

    14934

    A 658

    1978

    115

    435

    540

    36

    15

    ASD15L 

    17200

    B 650
    A 658

    1978

    120

    435

    540

    36

    15

    ASD16

    22375

    A 900

    2184

    114.3

    482

    584

    36

    15

    ASD16L

    24500

    B 940
    A 900

    2184

    108

    482

    584

    36

    15

    ASD18S 

    *

    A 1270

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

    *

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