Date of Award

Spring 5-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering


Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Major Professor

Birk, Lothar

Second Advisor

Guillot, Martin J.

Third Advisor

Taravella, Brandon M.


This thesis work started as an attempt to create a computational tool to model hydrodynamics problems involving lifting flows. The method employed to solve the problem is potential flow theory.

Despite the fast evolution of computers and the latest developments in Navier-Stokes solvers, such as the Ranse methods; potential flow theory offers the possibility to create or use existing computational tools, which allow us modeling hydrodynamics problems in a simpler manner. Navier-Stokes solver can be very expensive from the computational point of view, and require a high level of expertise in order to achieve reliable models.

Based on the above, we have developed a lifting flow modeling tool that we hope can serve as the starting point of a more elaborated method, and a valuable alternative, for the solution of different hydrodynamics problems.

Key words highlighting important concepts related to this thesis work are: Vortex, circulation, potential flow, panel methods, Sources, doublets.


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