Numerical Solutions of Lifting Surface Sheet Cavitation: A Review of Research at M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology),
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF OCEAN ENGINEERING
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The advent of the high speed computer and associated numerical techniques has been the major factor that has allowed the analysis of cavitating flows to become as extensive as it is presently. It is to this numerical aspect, specifically the numerical techniques that have been employed at MIT in the analysis of cavitating flows, that this review is directed. The first section of this overview contains a review of linear methods used in analyzing cavitating planar hydrofoils. The second section discusses the application of these methods to marine propellers. The third section discusses a recent numerical technique for the solution of the exact nonlinear 2-D steady cavitating hydrofoil problem.