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A new approach in blade shape adjustment in PBD-14 design mode

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dc.contributor.advisor Justin E. Kerwin. en_US Chrisospathis, Aristomenis, 1969- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Ocean Engineering. en_US 2005-08-23T21:39:52Z 2005-08-23T21:39:52Z 2001 en_US 2001 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. and Nav.E.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Ocean Engineering, 2001. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 68-70). en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to develop a more efficient and robust algorithm for adjusting the blade shape as a part of a coupled lifting-surface design/analysis code for marine propulsors developed at MIT, known as PBD-14. The algorithm for adjusting the blade shape in the current version of PBD-14 works satisfactorily in most cases. However, with more complex schemes such as ducted propulsors and/or higher load distributions, the process has to be carefully monitored by the user and the blade surface can develop corrugations in the spanwise direction. A different approach investigated in this study is based on an idea of aligning the blade shape by tracing streamlines. In order to satisfy the kinematic boundary condition, the final blade shape has to exactly match the streamlines of the flow field in which the propeller blade operates. The algorithm that is developed traces streamlines by calculating the total velocity on a grid of points and then exactly fits the blade on this grid of points. Initial tests of this algorithm have demonstrated its robustness by producing accurate blade shapes both in uniform and in more complicated flow fields. Finally, propeller fabrication is investigated, and tolerance issues as well as propeller inspection methods, traditional and modem, are examined. A cost analysis is performed that investigates the economic impact of manufacturing an example propeller according to a certain tolerance system. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Aristomenis Chrisospathis. en_US
dc.format.extent 74 leaves en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Ocean Engineering. en_US
dc.title A new approach in blade shape adjustment in PBD-14 design mode en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M.and Nav.E. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Ocean Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 49340937 en_US

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