Systematic cavitation tunnel tests of a Propeller in uniform and inclined flow conditions as part of a round robin test campaign


Aktas B., ATLAR M., TURKMEN S., Korkut E., FITZSIMMONS P.

OCEAN ENGINEERING, vol.120, pp.136-151, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 120
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2015.12.015
  • Journal Name: OCEAN ENGINEERING
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.136-151
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The effect of shaft inclination can induce important unsteady hydrodynamic phenomenon usually associated with small and high-speed craft. This paper presents systematic cavitation tunnel tests with a 214 mm diameter model propeller of a catamaran research vessel. The propeller is subjected to uniform and inclined flow conditions, to investigate its efficiency, cavitation and underwater radiated noise characteristics. The experiments were conducted in the Emerson Cavitation Tunnel of Newcastle University based on the starboard 5-bladed right-hand propeller of the University's research vessel, The Princess Royal. In the paper the details of the tests and significant findings for the effect of the shaft inclination on the propeller efficiency, cavitation and underwater radiated noise characteristics are presented. A better understanding is sought in relation to the noise signatures of different types of cavitation.