THE PROPELLER BLADE STRUCTURAL PROBLEM AND ITS SOLUTION BY FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

The ever-increasing use of large diameter, skewed propellers on large and/or high-powered ships and a number of recent blade failures in service have directed renewed attention to the problem of blade structural behavior. A brief discussion is first given of methods for predicting blade loadings, earlier approaches to blade stressing and the need for realistic design criteria. Using a consistent formulation of blade geometry, a finite-element model of the blade structure is then displayed. A description is given of DYNAPROP, a special-purpose computer program that has been developed for the routine prediction of blade natural frequencies and mode shapes, stress distributions, blade deflections and fatigue life. Computed results are given for a plate, a destroyer propeller that has been tested in the model scale and a moderately skewed blade. The paper concludes with lessons learned from the use of this method and with the nature of several related problems that demand early solution.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the New England Section of SNAME, January 1972.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

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    Jersey City, NJ  USA  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • BRADSHAW, R
    • Vassilopoulos, L
  • Publication Date: 1972-1

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  • Accession Number: 00032717
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 1972 12:00AM