CFD analysis of cascade effects in marine propellers with trailing edge modification

Keun Woo Shin, Poul Andersen

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    Propeller blades are different from a single hydrofoilin isolation due to cascade effects that blades mutually affect hydrodynamic characteristics of each other in proximity. Propeller design programs based lifting-line theory and blade element momentum theory take into account cascade effect by using cascade correction theory, which has been developed on the basis of wind tunnel tests for a row of evenly spaced airfoils. Cascade effects of marine propellers have been on research by inviscid flow solvers such as boundary element methods and vortex lattice methods, but it has not been investigated intensively by viscous flow solvers, although RANS CFD is prevalent in marine industry nowadays. In the current work, the cascade effect of a marine propeller is analyzed by CFD simulations on a threedimensional propeller model with varying the number of blades. The influence of trailing-edge configurations on the cascade effect is also investigated by simulating CFD with varying trailingedge thickness and slope. The reason why the trailingedge is handled rather than other parts of bladegeometry is that it can be modified without altering overall blade thrust significantly, because the loading on the aft part of a blade section near a trailing edgeis relatively low, compared to the other part.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium 2015 (NuTTS 2015)
    Number of pages5
    PublisherCurran Associates
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event18th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium - Cortina, Italy
    Duration: 28 Sept 201530 Sept 2015
    Conference number: 18


    Conference18th Numerical Towing Tank Symposium


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