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Propeller design optimization for tunnel bow thrusters in the bollard pull condition

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dc.contributor.advisor Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis. en_US Wilkins, James R., IV en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US 2012-11-19T19:16:26Z 2012-11-19T19:16:26Z 2012 en_US 2012 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Nav. E. and S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2012. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 50-51). en_US
dc.description.abstract Tunnel bow thrusters are often used by large ships to provide low-speed lateral maneuverability when docking. Required to provide high thrust while essentially at a standstill, the design point for these thrusters is the bollard pull condition. Traditionally, the term bollard pull refers to the amount of force a tug can apply to a bollard when secured to a pier. Here, the bollard pull condition is used to describe a propeller with no flow over it except for that induced by its own rotation. Conventional propeller design is primarily performed for an optimal vessel speed or range of speeds. OpenProp, a propeller design code based on lifting line theory, is a numerical model capable of design and analysis of such propellers. It has been experimentally validated for standard design conditions in an external flow, but until now has been incapable of design with no external fluid velocity component applied. Recent updates to the model now allow for bollard pull design work. This project is the first application of the OpenProp model update. Propellers are designed for both open water and ducted (tunnel) applications in OpenProp. Propeller geometry design refinement by coupling MTFLOW, an Euler Equation viscous flow solver, with PBD-14, a lifting surface design program for marine propulsors is examined. An experimental apparatus is constructed to test the propeller designs and validate the OpenProp model. A range of off-design operating conditions are analyzed and results are presented. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by James R. Wilkins, IV. en_US
dc.format.extent 97 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title Propeller design optimization for tunnel bow thrusters in the bollard pull condition en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Nav.E.and S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 814544942 en_US

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