Propulsion Aerodynamics and Power Estimation for a Mad Rock Marine Solution Hydro Craft Using a Hoverhawk Warp Drive Propfan-No Nozzle Case

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SubjectCoefficients,; propellers,; propulsion,; blade
AbstractPropulsion aerodynamics and power estimation for a Mad Rock Marine Solution hydro craft (or airboat), using a Hoverhawk Warp Drive propfan, were performed. With a given on?the-shelf controllable pitch propeller blade of the Warp Drive Propfan, measurement of geometry data was obtained, along with the airboat resistance data. In the current work, based on the available data, a series of virtual full-scale propellers was designed and built. These virtual full-scale propellers were then tested under ?open water? (open air) condition in a virtual wind tunnel, simulated by the in-house propeller software package, PROPELLA. A series of thrust coefficients KT and power coefficients KP were then obtained after a number of computational runs. These obtained coefficients from the virtual wind tunnel, as the basis, or the fundamental design charts, were then used for the design and optimization of the propulsion system of the airboat. Different from the traditional design methods that use Bp-d diagram or charts etc., a computer-aided design method was developed. This CAD method utilizes the advantage of spreadsheet software for generation of trend-line equations and then for interpolations for optimization. The design optimization was performed in terms of efficiency (minimum required power for the given airboat speed) for 4, 6 and 8 propfan blades. Mach number correction was included. The blade root chord section?s spindle torque, in-plane and out-of-plane bending moments were also predicted by the virtual wind tunnel/cavitation tunnel, PROPELLA and a strength analysis of the blade root section was then performed based on the magnitudes of the moments, moment inertias of the section and the carbon-fiber material of the blade. Suggestions on the configuration and geometry of the propulsion system were made based on the above analysis.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada. Institute for Ocean Technology
PlaceSt. John's, NL
AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number6444
NPARC number8894922
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Record identifier9c274c01-6909-4a3c-b9c2-24c0e5ec225c
Record created2009-04-22
Record modified2016-10-03
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