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EN457: Hydrofoil and Propeller Design

Catalog Description

EN457: Hydrofoil and Propeller Design (3-0-3).

The analysis and design of hydrofoils and marine propellers are presented.  Lifting-line and lifting-surface theories are applied to naval devices.  Design and towing-tank work supplements recitations.


Class handouts, lecture notes, and selected technical papers.


  1. Understand basic propeller design concepts and procedures.
  2. Understanding lifting-line and lifting-surface theories.
  3. Understand basic hydrofoil design and associated hydrodynamic principles.
  4. Apply course lectures/principles to the design and/or analysis of a unique propeller and/or hydrofoil shape.
  5. Understand design optimization principles, as applied to propeller and/or hydrofoil design.


EN353 or Approval of Department Chair

Class Topics

  1. Resistance and Propulsion Review
  2. Propeller Design/Sizing Fundamentals
  3. Lifting-Line Theory
  4. Lifting-Surface Theory
  5. Hydrofoil Design Principles and Applications
  6. Computer-Aided Design of Propellers and Hydrofoils
  7. Computational Fluid Dynamics
  8. Tow-Tank Testing of Propellers and Hydrofoils

Computer Usage

Students will apply a variety of computational tools in this course, including (but not limited to) Microsoft Excel, MATLAB, and RHINOCEROS.  The course will also discuss the use/implementation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software.

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