Propeller Blade Pressure Distribution due to Loading and Thickness Effects
STEVENS INST OF TECH HOBOKEN NJ DAVIDSON LAB
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A theoretical approach is developed and a computational procedure adaptable to a high speed digital computer is established for the evaluation of the blade pressure distribution of a marine propeller due to thickness and loading effects. The dual role of the blade thickness is considered. The contribution of the nonplanar thickness to the propeller loading and pressure distribution and the effect of the flow distortion thickness are studied by means of the thin body approximation. The surface integral equation which relates the unknown loading to the known velocity distribution on the blades is solved by the mode approach in conjunction with the lift operator technique. The analysis treats both design and off-design conditions in steady-state and unsteady flows, and the proper chordwise modes are selected for each condition. The numerical solution yields the blade loading and resulting hydrodynamic forces and moments and blade bending moments, and, in addition, the blade pressure distributions on each blade face due to both loading and thickness effects, thus providing information necessary for the prediction of cavitation inception. Calculations have been performed for a set of three 3-bladed propellers of different EAR operating in a screen-generated wake, for comparison with experimental data.
- Marine Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics