The Flettner rotor ship in the light of the Kutta-Joukowski theory and of experimental results

Frank Rizzo
naca-tn-228
Oct 1925


In this paper the fundamental principles of the Flettner rotor ship (Reference I) are discussed in the light of the Kutta-Joukowski theory and available experimental information on the subject. A brief exposition of the Kutta-Joukowski theory is given and the speed of the rotor ship Buckau computed, first by using effective propulsive force obtained by the above theory, and then by direct application of wind tunnel data.

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