An investigation of scale effects on marine propeller under cavitating and non-cavitating conditions

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Soydan A., Bal Ş.

SHIP TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH, vol.68, no.3, pp.166-178, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09377255.2021.1883800
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Compendex, INSPEC
  • Page Numbers: pp.166-178
  • Keywords: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), RANSE, scale effect, Reynolds number, OpenFOAM, marine propeller, cavitation
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, scale effects on the hydrodynamic performance of DTMB 4119 propeller have been investigated in uniform flow under non-cavitating and cavitating conditions by a simple practical method based on OpenFOAM. A potential based Lifting Surface Method has also been applied. A verification study of non-cavitating simulations has been carried out by Grid Convergence Index method at one scale ratio. Then the results have been validated with experiments. Schnerr-Sauer cavitation model of OpenFOAM has been used for the phase change between vapor and liquid. Cavitation simulations have been performed as a time-dependent with dynamic mesh while non-cavitating simulations have been carried out as a steady-state with static mesh. Effects of the scale ratio and cavitation simulations have been investigated and a simple fitting procedure on the thrust and torque values based on logarithm of Reynolds number have been applied. Results have also been compared with ITTC corrections.