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A MODEL STUDY OF THE HYDRODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF A SERIES OF PADDLE-WHEEL PROPULSIVE DEVICES FOR HIGH-SPEED CRAFT

The report covers an investigation of the hydrodynamic characteristics of a series of scale models of paddle wheels with fixed radial blades, designed for speeds in excess of 20 knots. The results indicate that a six-bladed wheel has higher propulsive efficiency and thrust than a twelve- bladed wheel. Peak efficiency is in the neighborhood of 41 percent and occurs at slip values of 30 to 40 percent. Thrust increases with immersion depth, within the range tested ( 16 percent of the wheel diameter immersed ). There is a slight break in the thrust curve over a span of 10- percent slip, after which the thrust again increases with increasing slip. There is evidence of scale distortion, and it is felt that the present model, with a scale factor of 8.5 to 1, may have been too small. ( Author )

  • Corporate Authors:

    Stevens Institute of Technology

    711 Hudson Street
    Hoboken, NJ  United States  07030
  • Authors:
    • Wray, Gilbert A
    • Starrett, James A
  • Publication Date: 1970-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 119 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00007573
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Defense Documentation Center
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SIT-DL-70-1428 Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: DAAE07-69-C-0356
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1973 12:00AM