Experimental Static Cavitation Tunnel for Underwater Marine Propeller Cavitation Study

UNSPECIFIED Experimental Static Cavitation Tunnel for Underwater Marine Propeller Cavitation Study.

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Abstract

The static cavitation tank set-up and experimental techniques were developed as a compete facility for investigation of underwater marine propeller cavitation flow as presented in this paper. This facility was developed to initiate experimental investigation of underwater marine propeller hydrodynamic with particular emphasis on the modeling and characterizing of propeller thrust and torque performances under cavitating flow. The static cavitation tank, dynamometer, controller, instrumentation and data acquisition were developed as a complete system with the computer aided design and engineering application tools. The system was designed for conducting the open-water test to characterize propeller performance (thrust and torque) as well as observation of cavitation phenomenon up to a maximum propeller rotation speed of 1200 RPM. A highly skewed commercial ‘J’ outboard marine propeller sample with different pitch distance values (248 mm [9.25×9.75J], 267 mm [9.25×9.75J] and 305 mm [9.25×12J]) were utilized to demonstrate the capability and functional of this developed facility. Experiment found that propeller thrust and torque characteristics increases in value along with increasing propeller rotation speed (100 RPM to 1200 RPM), which had conformed to the marine propeller performance convention. Propulsion operation ranging from 700 rpm to 1200 rpm had also satisfied well above the recommended minimum Reynolds number of 5×105 for the flow to simulate a fully turbulent and matching condition of the actual physical model flow. Cavitation and cavitating flow was found to develop on the back section of propeller blade had steadily increased from 800 RPM onwards. Facility drawbacks such as limitation to zero advanced speed operation condition, maximum propeller rotation of 1200 RPM, pressure and velocity measurement ability and rebounding wave were also highlighted. This low cost and capability limitation facility was developed as a start for enhancing the University underwater marine propeller research activities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experimental Fluid Dynamic; Marine Propeller Cavitation; Static Cavitation Tunnel
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Depositing User: OTHMAN HJ RAWI -
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 07:49
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 07:49
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/22283

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