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Propeller Cavitation Breakdown Analysis

[+] Author Affiliations
Jules W. Lindau, Richard B. Medvitz, David A. Boger, Robert F. Kunz

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Paper No. FEDSM2003-45407, pp. 1227-1237; 11 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2003 4th Joint Fluids Summer Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, July 6–10, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3696-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3673-8
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


A Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes computational model of homogeneous multiphase flow is presented. Cavitation driven thrust and torque breakdown over a wide range of advance ratios is modeled for an open propeller. Computational results are presented as a form of validation against water tunnel measured thrust and torque breakdown for the propeller. Successful validation of the computational model is achieved. Additional observations are made with regards to cavity size and shape as well as cavitation breakdown behavior.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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