A pressure jump method for modeling waterjet/hull interaction
Journal article, 2014
A fast and robust method for the simulation of waterjet hull interaction is presented. Balancing the thrust force of the waterjet unit with the hull resistance, a method is developed for the prediction of the flow rate through the unit. The method is called the Pressure Jump Method and may be used in combination with both potential flow/boundary layer methods and more advanced viscous flow methods, for instance of the RANS type. In the present work the potential flow/boundary layer approach has been used. Validation of the method is accomplished through comparison of predicted results with measured data. The inlet velocity ratio, nozzle velocity ratio, gross thrust and thrust deduction are all within the experimental scatter. For the case studied the force and moment created by the waterjet unit cause the hull to sink deeper and attain a bow down trim compared to the bare hull case. The thrust deduction fraction is positive both in the computations and the measurements.
Thrust deduction fraction