The objective of this work is to investigate the performance of two pairs of negative dihedral surface-piercing (SP) hydrofoils designed especially for an unmanned surface vessel with a top speed of 120 knots in sea state two. Physical modeling of a 1/6-scaled model of the SP hydrofoil was conducted at the free-surface cavitation tunnel at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB). The SP hydrofoil feature a new type of super-cavitating profile with an annex tapered trailing edge to achieve good efficiencies in foil born conditions (60–120 knots, super-cavitating/ super-ventilated regimes), as well as at take-off speeds (25–40 knots, wetted and/or partial-cavitating regimes). Preliminary results showed interesting anomalies in the trends of the measured forces with respect to the cavitation number and angle of attack for a wide range of inflow speeds. Details of the experimental study are presented along with numerical predictions obtained using finite volume RANSE solver with a volume of fluid technique to allow for a mixture flow with air/vapor and water phases. Explanation of the anomalies in the hydrodynamic performance is given.
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Physical and Theoretical Modeling of Surface-Piercing Hydrofoils for a High-Speed Unmanned Surface Vessel
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Brizzolara, S, & Young, YL. "Physical and Theoretical Modeling of Surface-Piercing Hydrofoils for a High-Speed Unmanned Surface Vessel." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 31st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. Volume 4: Offshore Geotechnics; Ronald W. Yeung Honoring Symposium on Offshore and Ship Hydrodynamics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 1–6, 2012. pp. 831-837. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2012-84028
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