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Numerical analysis of base-ventilated intercepted supercavitating hydrofoil sections

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posted on 2023-05-18, 10:27 authored by Bryce PearceBryce Pearce, Paul BrandnerPaul Brandner
A numerical analysis of the inviscid flow over a family of base-ventilated intercepted hydrofoils is presented using a low-order, non-linear boundary element formulation. The blunt-based section geometry used is based on the NACA 4-digit modified thickness distribution with the addition of a trailing edge fence (or interceptor) for lift production. An optimum section shape, in terms of stable cavity behaviour, was found to be a trade-off between the leading edge minimum pressure and the trailing edge slope. The former affecting the potential for leading edge cavitation and the latter flow separation from the trailing edge. The maximum hydrodynamic efficiency was obtained with a thin section, a small trailing edge slope and operation at a low cavitation number. For a profile with 15% thickness to chord, at zero incidence and an interceptor height of 1% of the chord length, a maximum lift/ drag ratio of around 12 was achieved. The practical realization of this value is likely to be affected by structural limitations, cavity dynamics and serviceability constraints.


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Ocean Engineering








Australian Maritime College


Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd

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