A Three-Dimensional Panel Method for the Simulation of Sheet Cavitation in Marine Propeller Flows

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This paper presents a three-dimensional panel method based on potential flow theory for the modelling and simulation of sheet cavitation in marine propeller flows. Sheet cavitation is a physical effect where the pressure in the flow falls below the vapour pressure such that a vapour sheet occurs on propeller blades. Sheet cavitation can influence the flow characteristics on propeller blades significantly and can lead to a decrease of propeller thrust as well as noise and vibrations on the ship hull. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

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