Developments in modelling ship rudder-propeller interaction

Molland, A.F. and Turnock, S.R. (1994) Developments in modelling ship rudder-propeller interaction In, Brebbia, C.A., Murthy, T.K.S, Wilson, P.A. and Washams, P. (eds.) Marine, Offshore and Ice Technology. Ashurst, UK, WIT Press pp. 255-263. (Transactions of the Wessex Institute, 5). (doi:10.2495/CMO940251).


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A review is made of the physics of the flow between a rudder and propeller and the parameters governing their interaction. Recent developments in predicting rudder forces and rudder-propeller interaction are described. These entail treating the rudder-propeller combination as the overall manoeuvring and propulsion device. Reference is made to on-going research at the University of Southampton which has included wind tunnel experimental investigations of the basic rudder-propeller interaction characteristics, oblique flow and the influence of the hull, together with theoretical modelling of a number of these aspects. Proposals are made as to how the rudder-propeller interaction data may be used both as a rudder design tool and in ship manoeuvring simulation.

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2495/CMO940251
Additional Information: Online ISSN 1743-3509
ISBNs: 1853123447 (print)
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Keywords: ship manoeuvring, rudder, propeller
Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group
ePrint ID: 66661
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 21:32
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