April 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

SNAME Outlines Program For Spring Meeting/STAR Symposium—May 25-27

The first combined Spring Meeting/STAR Symposium of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers will be held May 25-27 in San Francisco's (Calif.) Fairmont Hotel. STAR stands for "Ship Technology and Research," and this is to be the second such STAR Symposium.

The 34 papers make this one of the biggest meetings in terms of technical content ever held by SNAME. With the theme "Energy Research in the Oceans," the papers will cover current research in such diverse areas as development in marine transportation (naval architecture and machinery), offshore platforms (fixed and mobile), ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation and safety.

The machinery session will cover practical to conceptual subjects such as from "Improvements in Part Load Performance of Marine Steam Turbines" to "Maritime Applications of an Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Propulsion System." Fixed platforms and offshore floaters will have 13 papers addressed to their various aspects, and one of the seven papers on OTEC is simply "A Survey of the State of the Art." Ships and terminals is the subject of the LNG papers, one of which treats the "LNG Ship in a Changing Energy Environment." Finally, the sessions on structures and hydrodynamics under Marine Transportation should satisfy the most exacting naval architect.

The Technical Program Committee which selected the papers was appointed by the president of the Society from experts in the field nationwide.

Arthur J. Haskell, senior vice president of Matson Navigation, Inc., is chairman of the Spring Meeting Steering Committee, and Rear Adm. Nathan Sonenshein, USN (ret.), assistant to the president, Global Marine, Inc., chairman of the Technical Program Committee.

The interdisciplinary nature of research in this theme area led to the SNAME's invitation to three other Societies to cooperate in the precedent-setting meeting.

They are the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Marine Technology Society (MTS).

The technical sessions will take place over a 2y2-day period, and in addition there will be luncheons, dinners, tours, a harbor cruise and a farewell ball. Registrants and their families will enjoy the cultural and recreational attractions of what many call "Everybody's Favorite City" — San Francisco.

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