Accession Number : ADA131968

Title :   An Experimental and Theoretical Study on Cavitating Propellers.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 1 Nov 80-31 Oct 82,

Corporate Author : TETRA TECH INC PASADENA CA

Personal Author(s) : Furuya,Okitsugu ; Maekawa,Shin

PDF Url : ADA131968

Report Date : Oct 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : The original objective of the present work was to develop an analytical tool for predicting the off-design performance of supercavitating propellers over a wide range of operating conditions. Due to the complex nature of the flow phenomena, a lifting line theory simply combined with the two-dimensional supercavitating cascade theory was selected. Results of this simple method provided surprisingly accurate predictions for the performance at fully developed cavitating conditions. It was indicative that the fully-developed, supercavitating propellers had strong cascade effects on their performance, and also that the three-dimensional, propeller geometry corrections could properly be made by the lifting-line theory. As was expected, however, the predicted thrust and power coefficient curves with this propeller theory showed a significant deviation from experimental data in the range of advance speeds J's larger than designed advance speeds where the partially cavitating conditions are expected to occur. effort was then made to improve the prediction capability of the above propeller theory at partially cavitating conditions. A new nonlinear partially cavitating cascade theory was developed to provide a proper 2-D loading basis under such conditions. A slight improvement on the prediction capability of the propeller theory was achieved with the new set of data, but not to a satisfactory extent.

Descriptors :   *Supercavitating propellers, *Cascades(Fluid Dynamics), *Cavitation, *Marine propellers, Theory, Lift, Two dimensional flow, Mathematical prediction, Loads(Forces), Thrust, Power, Coefficients, Experimental data, Propeller blades

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE