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EN457: Hydrofoil & Propeller Design

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EN457: Hydrofoil & Propeller Design (3-0-3)

This course provides an introduction to hydrofoil and marine propeller design.  Students consider lifting-line and lifting-surface theories, as applied to marine hydrodynamics and naval applications.  Computer-aided design work and tow-tank experimentation supplement recitations.


  • Principles of Naval Architecture: Resistance, Propulsion, and Vibration (Lewis, 1988)
  • Marine Rudders and Control Surfaces (Molland & Trunock, 2007)
  • Marine Hydrodynamics (Newman, 1977)
  • Hydrodynamics of Ship Propellers (Breslin & Andersen, 1994)
  • Various Handouts & Selected Technical Papers


  1. Understand applications of computer-aided engineering tools within the field of modern naval architecture.
  2. Understand basic lifting-line and lifting-surface theories, as applied to hydrofoil and marine propeller design.
  3. Understand tow-tank experimentation processes for hydrofoil and marine propeller design.
  4. Develop a greater understanding of fundamental hydrodynamics concepts.
  5. Develop the ability to generate basic three-dimensional models/simulations.
  6. Develop the ability to compare/understand empirical, experimental, and numerical hydrofoil and propeller design outputs.


  • EN353, Resistance and Propulsion, OR
  • Approval of NAOE Department Chair

Class Topics

  1. Ship Resistance & Propulsion Fundamentals
  2. Basic Marine Hydrodynamics
  3. Lifting-Line & Lifting-Surface Theories
  4. Hydrofoil Design Process
  5. Propeller Design Process
  6. Tow-Tank Experimentation
  7. Developing Basic Optimization Routines/Algorithms
  8. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Fundamentals
  9. Design Application of Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Tools

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 and customized hydrofoil/propeller design software.

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