Analysis of Propeller-Hull Interaction Phenomena on a Self-Propelled Axisymmetric Body
Paper in proceeding, 2017

The Reynolds Transport theorem for energy is used to study propeller-hull interaction effects by analyzing different components of energy flux through a control volume around a self-propelled vessel. These components are the axial kinetic energy, the transversal kinetic energy, the turbulent kinetic energy, the internal energy and the pressure work. This energy balance approach is here used to study the influence of propeller diameter on the propulsive power. To this end, propellers of different diameters have been studied in behind condition. In order to keep the incoming wake into the propellers as simple as possible, an axi-symmetric hull shape is employed. The energy fluxes are calculated employing a RANS approach to solve the momentum transport and continuity equations together with the energy equation (the heat transfer equation in fluid). The latter equation is solved to compute the internal energy. The results show a minor difference on interaction effects. However, analyzing the energy flux components and their contribution to the total energy provides an extra tool for better understanding of the interaction effects.

control volume

energy balance


Propeller-hull interaction


Arash Eslamdoost

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Marine Technology

Jennie Andersson

Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2)

Rickard Bensow

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Marine Technology

Robert Gustafsson

Rolls-Royce (Swe)

Marko Hyensjö

Rolls-Royce (Swe)

5th Int. Symposium on Marine Propulsor

Analysis and optimisation of marine propulsion systems

Rolls-Royce (Swe), 2014-10-06 -- 2017-09-30.

Swedish Energy Agency (38849-1), 2014-10-06 -- 2017-09-30.

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C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)

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Vehicle Engineering

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics

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