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2.23 Hydrofoils and Propellers (13.04), Fall 2003

Photo of a High Point PCH-1 Submarine Chaser.
The High Point PCH-1 was the Navy's first operational hydrofoil, built to evaluate structural and hydrodynamic features of hydrofoils. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes assignments, exams with solutions, and a selection of software tools created for the course

Course Description

This course deals with theory and design of hydrofoil sections; lifting and thickness problems for sub-cavitating sections, unsteady flow problems. It focuses on computer-aided design of low drag, cavitation free sections. The course also covers lifting line and lifting surface theory with applications to hydrofoil craft, rudder, and control surface design. Topics include propeller lifting line and lifting surface theory; computer-aided design of wake adapted propellers, unsteady propeller thrust and torque. The course is also an introduction to subjects like flow about axially symmetric bodies and low-aspect ratio lifting surfaces, and hydrodynamic performance and design of waterjets. We will also do an analysis of performance and design of wind turbine rotors in steady and stochastic wind.

This course was originally offered in Course 13 (Department of Ocean Engineering) as 13.04. In 2005, ocean engineering subjects became part of Course 2 (Department of Mechanical Engineering), and this course was renumbered 2.23.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files. File decompression software, such as Winzip® or StuffIt®, is required to open the .zip files found on this course site. MATLAB® software is required to view and run the .mat files found on this course site. Postscript viewer software, such as Ghostscript/Ghostview, can be used to view the .ps files found on this course site. Ghostscript/GhostviewAdobe® Photoshop®, and Adobe® Illustrator are among the software tools that can be used to view the .eps files found on this course site. The .exe files found on this course site are executable programs. Please refer to the course materials for any specific instructions or recommendations. Any number of programs can be used to run the .mod files found on this course site. Please refer to the course materials for any specific instructions or recommendations.

 

Staff

Instructors:
Prof. Paul Sclavounos
Prof. Richard Kimball

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

Recitations:
Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Level

Graduate

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