The momentum theory of moderately loaded propellers has been generalized to account for the effects of shear in the oncoming stream. A condition to determine the distribution of thrust for optimum efficiency is derived which generalizes a condition derived by Betz for a propeller in a uniform flow. This condition leads to a nonlinear integral equation, and a computer program has been developed for solving it. Results for a propeller of a given radius in particular wakes at different Reynolds numbers are presented and discussed.
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December 01 1979
Momentum Theory of a Propeller in a Shear Flow
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Goodman, Theodore R.. "Momentum Theory of a Propeller in a Shear Flow." J Ship Res 23 (1979): 242–252. doi: https://doi.org/10.5957/jsr.19220.127.116.11
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