Effects of Blade Tip Foil Thickening on Tip Vortexes in Ducted Propeller
- 10.2991/ic3me-15.2015.323How to use a DOI?
- Tip clearance, tip leakage vortex, ducted propeller, foil thickening
A thick tip foil blade was designed to reduce the tip leakage flow and weaken the tip vortexes in ducted propeller 19A/Ka4-55. The thick tip foil was constructed by normal extrusion of the original tip foil. The maximum thickness of the foil increased from 1.64% chord length to 7.64%. The commercial CFD code CFX was employed to simulate the flow field of the two ducted propellers. From the performance curves, it could be concluded that the tip foil thickening will not affect the thrust and torque of the ducted propeller much. The tip leakage vortex (TLV) in the thick tip foil propeller was obviously weaker than that in the original propeller. The pressure drop in TLV middle chord position decreased by 32.8%. In the tip clearance, both propellers have the tip clearance vortex. The difference is that the tip clearance vortex in the thick tip foil propeller could form an expansionary channel in the tip clearance, which made the tip leakage flow slow down, and hence weaken the TLV.
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TY - CONF AU - Lei Mei AU - Junwei Zhou PY - 2015/08 DA - 2015/08 TI - Effects of Blade Tip Foil Thickening on Tip Vortexes in Ducted Propeller BT - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Material, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering PB - Atlantis Press SP - 1672 EP - 1680 SN - 2352-5401 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/ic3me-15.2015.323 DO - 10.2991/ic3me-15.2015.323 ID - Mei2015/08 ER -