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Propulsive performance of three naturally occurring oscillating propeller planforms

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A numerical method, the quasi-vortex-lattice method (QVLM), was applied to predict the propulsive performance of three naturally occurring oscillating propellers. These were cetacean flukes for a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus); white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus); and white whale (Delphinapterus leucas). The fin whale's flukes had the highest aspect ratio (6.1) and moderate sweep angle (31°); the white-sided dolphin's flukes had the highest sweep angle (47°) and lowest aspect ratio (2.7); and the white whale's flukes had moderate aspect ratio (3.3) and the lowest sweep angle (28°). In the numerical simulations, the planforms were assumed to be rigid both in chordwise and spanwise directions, and to be oscillating harmonically in an irrotational, incompressible fluid. Calculation and comparisons of propulsive efficiency and thrust coefficient vs advance ratio for each of the planforms were made in three cases: varied heave amplitude; different pitching axis positions; and varied angular amplitude of pitch. © 1992.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Liu P, Bose N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ocean Engineering

Year: 1993

Volume: 20

Issue: 1

Pages: 57-75

Print publication date: 01/01/1993

Online publication date: 18/02/2003

ISSN (print): 0029-8018

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5258

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/0029-8018(93)90046-K


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