Otterboard hydrodynamic performance testing in flume tank and wind tunnel facilities
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© 2017 Elsevier LtdTwo pelagic otterboards, previously tested in a wind tunnel, have been tested in a flume tank prior to their analysis in real working conditions in sea trials. This intermediate step aims at providing guidance for sea trial planning and a basis for otter board performance analysis from real campaign data. The doors were rigged in working-like conditions in the flume tank, with onboard-mounted attitude sensors to provide at the same time a noisy environment as expected in sea trials and accurate measurement of all quantities relevant to precise determination of hydrodynamic angles and forces. The trends found in flume tank experiments closely match wind tunnel results, although systematic offset has been observed that can be ascribed to deviations between nominal and real water velocity, due to inhomogeneous velocity distribution in the cross-section.
CitationMellibovsky, F., Prat, J.; Prat-Farran,J.A. ; Prat, J.A., Notti, E., Sala, A. Otterboard hydrodynamic performance testing in flume tank and wind tunnel facilities. "Ocean engineering", 1 Febrer 2018, vol. 149, p. 238-244.