In a Joint Industry Project (JIP) a standard series of fixed-pitch propellers will be developed which encompasses design features of contemporary propellers. The new series will be designed for best achievable efficiency, while simultaneously taking into account requirements on cavitation, noise and vibrations.
The need for the series results from the growing awareness of safety, ecological and comfort aspects in ship design, and the increasing electrification of ship propulsion systems.
STATE OF THE ART TOOLS
Multi-objective optimisation tools, in combination with both Boundary Element Methods (BEM) and Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) CFD methods will be used in the design stage.
All propeller models will be manufactured on a new 5-axis milling machine, and tested in open water conditions using the quasi-steady measurement technique, which was successfully deployed for the previous CD-series propellers.