FAIRED TOWLINE HYDRODYNAMICS

A theoretical analysis (termed boundary layer loading functions) for determining the hydrodynamic forces on a faired towline was developed. The analysis required that the hydrodynamic forces (loading functions) acting on an element of the towline be defined as functions of the towline's local inclination angle to the flow and the Reynolds number. The analysis was based on the consideration of the boundary layer formed on the airfoil-shaped cross section used for the towlines. The Reynolds Number effect on the loading functions was derived using momentum theory, and the pressure distribution around the airfoil section was defined. When potential flow theory was used, it gave excellent results when compared with the pressure distribution measurements made on models. The theoretical loading functions were compared with model data obtained from water channel, tow tank, and wind tunnel tests. The analytical results showed excellent correlation with the data.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Naval Undersea Research and Development Center

    San Diego, CA  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Calkins, D E
  • Publication Date: 1971-2

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  • Pagination: 61 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00016704
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NUC-TP-221
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1972 12:00AM