Using elaborate propeller lifting line and lifting surface computer programs, it is demonstrated that existing criteria for optimum hydrodynamic pitch distribution are not adequate, especially for wake adapted propellers. The shortcomings in the derivation of these criteria are pointed out. Numerical calculations show that loading the tip region can increase propeller efficiency beyond the predictions using traditional criteria.
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On Optimum Propeller Performance
Paper presented at the SNAME Propellers '81 Symposium, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, May 1981.
Paper Number: SNAME-PSS-1981-014
Published: May 26 1981
Loukakis, Theodore A., and Gerasimos Politis. "On Optimum Propeller Performance." Paper presented at the SNAME Propellers '81 Symposium, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, May 1981. doi: https://doi.org/10.5957/PSS-1981-014
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