Divergence Analysis of Swept Hydrofoils-Computer Program (SWDIVRG).
NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD
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A systematic approach is described by which divergence characteristics of swept or unswept hydrofoils may be calculated. The computer program, called SWDIVRG, developed to do the calculations makes use of a lumped-parameter approach, resulting in a matrix solution of the system. The bending and torsional displacements any of N stations along the hydrofoil span can be calculated at speeds less than divergence. Bending and torsional moments can be calculated for the condition of cantilever-beam constraints. The divergence spe d is principally computed by an eigenvector iteration scheme. A convenient formulation and a plot are provided for estimating the hydrodynamic loading parameters for finite-span, surface-piercing hydrofoils. Also, a useful closed-form divergence formulation, which considers submergence level, has been derived for the special case of a uniform cantilever strut or foil. Test calculations of airfoil models and one hydrofoil model, using both SWDIVRG and the closed-form solution, show good agreement with experimental model-divergence speeds. Author
- Marine Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics