Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program



Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Major Professor

Birk, Lothar

Second Advisor

Taravella, Brandon

Third Advisor

Guillot, Martin J.


This report describes the governing equation and boundary conditions for a marine propeller operating in a uniform flow field of inviscid and irrotational fluid. A method is presented by which the velocity and pressure on the blade surface of the propeller can be numerically simulated, using hyperboloidal, constant strength source and doublet panels. Accuracy of the numerical method is verified through comparison with analytically known results and the ability of the numerical simulation to predict the thrust and torque on a propeller in open water is assessed through comparison with published experimental results. The thrust and torque results for the propeller are near the experimental measurements but do not converge to a common value as the panel size decreases.


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