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The effect of length to diameter ratio on the hydrodynamic coefficients of a submarine operating near the surface in calm water
conference contributionposted on 2023-05-23, 07:39 authored by Susantha RanmuthugalaSusantha Ranmuthugala, Fletcher, D, Neulist, D, Martin RenilsonMartin Renilson, Anderson, B
Conventional submarines regularly operate near the surface to recharge batteries and to meet operational requirements. During these operations, a submarine will generate surface waves which can significantly increase its resistance and thus the required propulsive power. In addition, forces and moments are induced in the vertical plane that can adversely affect the trajectory of the submarine. A number of design and operational factors influence the wavemaking resistance and the vertical forces and moments. These include the proximity to the free surface, forward speed, size and configuration of the appendages, and the length to diameter (L/D) ratio. These effects are dependent on the interaction of the various hull-borne wave systems, which in turn are highly dependent on the Froude number. In order to quantify these effects, a series of captive model experiments on a 1.556m model of the DARPA SUBOFF submarine has been conducted in the Australian Maritime College towing tank supplemented by Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulations of the model under varying conditions and configurations. This paper describes the RANS CFD modelling of the SUBOFF geometry at different L/D ratios and Froude numbers to determine the influence of these parameters on resistance.
Publication titleProceedings of the International Maritime Conference 2012
Department/SchoolAustralian Maritime College
PublisherCurran Associates, Inc.
Place of publicationNew York, United States
Event titleRoyal Institution of Naval Architects - International Maritime Conference 2012, Pacific 2012
Event VenueDarling Harbour, Australia
Date of Event (Start Date)2012-01-30
Date of Event (End Date)2012-02-02
Rights statementCopyright 2012 Royal Institution of Naval Architects