In this work, a numerical method is presented for the hydrodynamic and hydroelastic analysis of Newton-Rader (NR) propellers (Newton & Rader 1961). The NR propellers are a well-known series of three-bladed propellers specifically designed, extensively tested, and well documented for high-speed crafts. The tests were conducted at the Vosper Cavitation Tunnel, and the propellers exhibit both face and back cavitation patterns (Newton & Rader 1961). The predicted fully wetted and cavitating performance agreed well with experimental measurements. The results indicate that the NR propellers can achieve high efficiency in both the fully wetted and cavitating regimes if the blades exhibit only back cavitation. However, significant reduction in efficiency was observed in all cases when face cavitation develops. The effects of varying blade area ratio on the hydrodynamic and structural performance are discussed. The importance of hydroelastic effects for both model-scale and full-scale NR propellers in uniform and wake inflow are presented.

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