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A Small Perturbation Theory for Cycloidal Propellers


James, Edwin Charles (1971) A Small Perturbation Theory for Cycloidal Propellers. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/Z979-K031.


A hydromechanical theory is developed for cycloidal propellers for two limiting modes of operation wherein U » ΩR and U « ΩR, with U the rectilinear propeller speed (speed of advance) and ΩR the rotational blade speed. A first order theory is developed from the basic principles of the kinematics and dynamics of fluid motion and proceeds from the point of view of unsteady hydrofoil theory.

Explicit expressions for the instantaneous forces and moments produced by blade motions are presented. On the basis of these results an optimization procedure is carried out which minimizes the energy loss under the constraint of specified mean thrust. Under optimal conditions the propeller is found to possess high Froude efficiencies in both the high and low speed modes of propulsion. This efficiency is defined as the ratio of the average useful work obtained during one cycle of propeller operation to the average power input required to sustain the motion of the propeller during the cycle.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Engineering Science)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Wu, Theodore Yao-tsu
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:28 May 1971
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Naval Ship Research and Development FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:03242015-131614633
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ID Code:8802
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:24 Mar 2015 21:41
Last Modified:21 Jun 2024 23:55

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