Analysis of hydrophobic painting in model-scale marine propellers

Abstract:

This paper aims to perform a numerical analysis of application effects of a superhydrophobic paint by completely coating the blades of a model-scale marine propeller in order to make it a superhydrophobic surface (SHS). First, a two-dimensional study was conducted. Two foils were analyzed for several hydrophobic conditions, varying the slip length. Pressure and skin friction distributions were shown. There is an increase of liftto- drag ratio with hydrophobicity, but followed by an increase in suction pressure. In three-dimensional case, a propeller was simulated for several hydrophobic conditions, comparing thrust, torque and efficiency coefficients and pressure and friction distribution. Results with propeller showed that an increase in slip length is not always followed by an increase in efficiency, with an apparent efficiency gain limit. For the imposed simulation conditions, from the limit of gain, efficiency no longer increases with hydrophobicity, but its area of low pressure continues to grow.


Reference:
KATSUNO, Eduardo Tadashi; DANTAS, João Lucas Dozzi; SILVA, Emilio Carlos Nelli. Analysis of hydrophobic painting in model-scale marine propellers. In: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OCEAN, OFFSHORE AND ARCTIC ENGINEERING, 37., 2018, Madrid. Proceedings… 10 p.

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