The hydrodynamic characteristics of modified rectangular flat plates having aspect ratios of 1.00, 0.25, and 0.125 and operating near a free water surface

Kenneth L. Wadlin, John A. Ramsen, Victor L. Vaughn, Jr.

Report presents the results of an investigation conducted to determine the hydrodynamic forces and moments acting on modified rectangular flat plates with aspect ratios of 1.00, 0.25, and 0.125 mounted on a single strut and operating at several depths of submersion. A simple method has been developed by modification of Falkner's vortex-lattice theory which enables the prediction of the lift characteristics in unseparated flow at large depths. This method shows good agreement with experimental data from the present tests and with aerodynamic data at all angles investigated for aspect ratios of 1.00 and 0.25 and at angles up to 16 degrees for aspect ratio 0.125. Above 16 degrees for aspect ratio 0.125, the predicted lift proved too high.

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