A procedure is described for predicting the performance of a propeller numerically to within the accuracy of tunnel and open-water model tests. Given the geometry of the propeller, ship speed, wake fraction distribution and rpm, the thrust and torque characteristics are calculated. The procedure gives good results not only for "normal" propellers but also for such abnormal cases as a variable-pitch propeller operating at off-design pitches. The possibility exists of extension of the method for calculation of spindle torques, stresses, and cavitation inception.

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