Experimental analysis of tip vortex cavitation mitigation by controlled surface roughness
Journal article, 2020

This study presents the results of experiments where roughness applications are evaluated in delaying the tip vortex cavitation inception of an elliptical foil. High-speed video recordings and laser doppler velocimetry (LDV) measurements are employed to provide further details on the cavitation behavior and tip vortex flow properties in different roughness pattern configurations. The angular momentum measurements of the vortex core region at one chord length downstream of the tip indicate that roughness leads to a lower angular momentum compared with the smooth foil condition while the vortex core radius remains similar in the smooth and roughened conditions. The observations show that the cavitation number for tip vortex cavitation inception is reduced by 33% in the optimized roughness pattern compared with the smooth foil condition where the drag force increase is observed to be around 2%. During the tests, no obvious differences in the cavitation inception properties of uniform and non-uniform roughness distributions are observed. However, the drag force is found to be higher with a non-uniform roughness distribution.




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Urban Svennberg

Kongsberg Hydrodynamic Research Centre

Abolfazl Asnaghi

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Robert Gustafsson

Kongsberg Hydrodynamic Research Centre

Rickard Bensow

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Journal of Hydrodynamics

1001-6058 (ISSN) 18780342 (eISSN)

Vol. 20 73

RoughProp - reduced radiated noise to the oceans through surface roughness

VINNOVA (2018-04085), 2018-11-19 -- 2020-05-31.

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Other Mechanical Engineering

Applied Mechanics

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics



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