Component Velocities and Turbulence Intensities within Ship Twin-Propeller Jet using CFD and ADV

Yonggang Cui, Wei-Haur Lam, How Tion Puay, Muhammad S.I. Ibrahim, Desmond Robinson, Gerard Hamill

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This study presents the decays of three components of velocity for a ship twin-propeller jet associated with turbulence intensities using the ADV measurement and CFD methods. Previous research has shown that a single-propeller jet consists of a zone of flow establishment and a zone of established flow. Twin-propeller jets are more complex than single-propeller jets, and can be divided into zones with four peaks, two peaks, and one peak. The axial velocity distribution is the main contributor, and can be predicted using the Gaussian normal distribution. The axial velocity decay is described by linear equations using the maximum axial velocity in the efflux plane. The tangential and radial velocity decays show linear and nonlinear distributions in different zones. The turbulence intensity increases locally in the critical position of the non-interference zone and the interference zone. The current research converts the axial momentum theory of a single propeller into twin-propeller jet theory with a series of equations used to predict the overall twin-propeller jet structure
Original languageEnglish
Article numberjmse-1021481
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2020


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