An analysis based on the lifting surface theory has been developed for evaluation of the vibratory velocity field induced by the loading of an operating propeller in both uniform and nonuniform inflow fields. The analysis demonstrates that in the case of nonuniform flow the velocity at any field point is made up of a large number of combinations of the frequency constituents of the loading function with those of the space function (propagation or influence function). A numerical procedure has been developed adaptable to a high-speed digital computer (CDC 6600), and the existing program, which evaluates the steady and unsteady propeller loadings, the resulting hydrodynamic forces and moments, and the pressure field, has been extended to include evaluation of the velocity field as well. This program should thus become a highly versatile and useful tool for the ship researcher or designer.

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