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Water Jet Propulsion

Water Jet Propulsion

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The calculations are made with a constant rotational speed of the pump and a
varying ship speed. In this way a relatively large range of IVR conditions is
covered. The variation in volume flow rate will be much smaller, as indicated
by the results presented in figure 2.9 on page37.

The calculated volume flow rate through the waterjet is compared with the
results of WPNL-select. To a large extent, this program is based on the theory
as discussed in chapter 2. The loss coefficients in this method are empirical
values taken from experimental data. Further fine-tuning is made with
additional empirical data. The accuracy of the method is continuously
increased by adding the measured performance of newly installed waterjet
installations. Since the currently sailing fleet performs according to the

Figure 7.1

Mesh of the complete waterjet installation, number of cells is
about 1.2 million.

inlet
side

nozzle
exit

pump

7.3 Evaluation of waterjet thrust

Numercal analysis of a waterjet propulsion system

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predictions, it is assumed that the accuracy of the performance prediction
software is adequate.

It is shown in equation (2.52) that the thrust is related to the square of the
volume flow rate. Consequently, a relatively small error in the prediction of the
volume flow rate can lead to a large error in the thrust of the installation. It is
believed that the prediction of thrust in WPNL-select is quite accurate, and
consequently the prediction of the volume flow rate will be accurate as well.

Differences between the results of WPNL-select and the CFD analyses are
within 1%. According to the expectations, only a rather limited difference in
volume flow rate is found between the low and high ship speed condition.
This trend has been captured well by the numerical method.

Agreement is satisfactory and it appears that the numerical method is
suitable for further use to investigate the flow phenomena in the waterjet
installation.

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