The method is systematically validated through a series of tests varying the geometry from the simple 2-D profile to 3-D rectangular foil and propeller and also covering the steady and unsteady cavitation phenomena. The numerical formulation and procedure is evidenced robust and stable.
The cavity behavior predicted for the propeller operating behind a model ship and that operating in screen-generated wake shows good correlations with experiments.
The CPU for a typical six-bladed propeller is about 4 hours on the CRAY YMP2(16 GFLOPS) supercomputer for 5 rotations of propeller. This is the only drawback of the current procedure, which may still be considered to be a strong and reliable candidate to substitute the model experiments in saving the cost and time.
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