An Experimental Investigation of Wall Effects on Supercavitating Hydrofoils of Finite Span.
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF OCEAN ENGINEERING
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A geometrically similar family of three supercavitating hydrofoils was tested in a variable pressure water tunnel. The half-span foils were of elliptical planform the ratio of foil half-span to tunnel height was 14 for the small foil, 12 for the medium foil, and 34 for the largest foil. The tunnel was of square cross section. Lift, drag, moment, tunnel speed, ambient pressure, and cavity pressure were measured for attack angles from 8 to 21 degrees and a variety of ambient pressure settings cavity length measurements were obtained from photographs. For the small and medium foils, it was sufficient to correct only for the effect on downwash of the images of the trailing vortices. The large foil data, however, required further correction upon application of the same corrections which were applied to the data for the two smaller foils, the force and moment data for the large foil plotted slightly lower than did the data for the two smaller foils, while the cavity length data for the large foil indicated cavity lengths significantly larger than for either of the theoretical predictions or the cavity length data for the two smaller foils.
- Fluid Mechanics