Measurement of Ship Air Wake Impact on a Remotely Piloted Vehicle
Trident Scholar Project rept. no. 406
NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD
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This Trident Scholar project complemented an ongoing research program being conducted at the United States Naval Academy USNA involving an investigation of ship air wakes using an instrumented training and patrol YP craft. The objective of the program is to validate Computational Fluid Dynamics CFD tools that will be useful in determining ship air wake impact on naval rotary wing vehicles. Because the YPs are relatively large vessels with a similar superstructure and deck configuration to that of a cruiser or a destroyer, air wake data can be collected that corresponds well with that of modern naval warships. Data collected from both at-sea measurements and wind tunnel testing are being compared with CFD models already used to help predict ship air wake effects.
- Marine Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics