Modeling of cavitating flow through waterjet propulsors

Jules W. Lindau, Christopher Pena, Warren J. Baker, James J. Dreyer, William L. Moody, Robert F. Kunz, Eric G. Paterson

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A computational-fluid-dynamics-based modeling effort to capture flow through an axial flow waterjet propulsor is presented. The effort covered the waterjet flow over a wide range of flow coefficients and into cavitation-driven breakdown. The computations are presented in cavitation at two values of flow coefficient through a series of decreasing operating inlet total pressure. The computational results are compared to experimental measurements. Suction-surface and tip-gap cavitation patterns are presented and compared to experimental photographs. Presented computational solutions are blade-passage steady and periodic. The computational results apply a powering iteration methodology to facilitate coupling of rotor, stator, and inflow and outflow ducting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number716392
JournalInternational Journal of Rotating Machinery
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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