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Old   August 21, 2017, 06:01
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Hi,

I am looking for a general potential flow solver that is able to:
- Explore easily design variations of appendages (PSS, Ducts, etc - varying, chord, lenght, camber, etc);
- Generate and be able to export/import to/from StarCCM propeller forces and induced velocities (for an hydrid approach of self-propulsion tests);
- Analyse motions and accelerations (not only of the ship, but its appendages).

The only potential flow solvers I know are specific for airfoils: XFOIL (http://web.mit.edu/drela/Public/web/xfoil/) and CMARC (http://www.aerologic.com/cmarc.html). They seem very limited on their applications: we can use for design 2D-3D foils forces, but not for simulating a propeller nor hull motions, for example. There is also 3DDynaFlow more aligned with ship hydrodynamics (http://www.dynaflow-inc.com/Products...ce-3DynaFS.htm). There is also other HydroComp software for propeller simulations (http://hydrocompinc.com/tasks/propeller-design). In summary, I couldn't find a general 3D potential solver.

Does anyone has a suggestion? My main interest is to be able to do a hydrid RANS-potential flow simulation of self-propulsion tests with ESD.

Thank you
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