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1 Performance Evaluation of Sailboat Rudders
MIDN 1/C Huebner EN495 10DEC01

2 Background Goals- Compare a new spade rudder to the existing rudder and variations of both. Based on testing propose and design a new rudder for the new Navy 44s.

3 Design Background Create a scale model of the existing rudder for use with existing models From this I calculated how much lift would be generated at an angle of attack of 4 degrees Using that lift as a target I designed a new rudder with a higher aspect ratio, which allowed me to use less area

4 Design Goals Maximize lift for a given area Maximize aspect ratio
Drag is a result of area, so minimizing area also minimizes viscous drag, but increases induced drag. the tradeoff for less viscous drag is worth it. More lift generated on the rudder translates into more sideforce The keel has to provide less of the total sideforce which means less overall drag Maximize aspect ratio Hand in hand with maximizing lift Limited by depth of rudder

5 Design Concerns Running aground and damaging or immobilizing the rudder This is the limiting factor for depth of rudder 70-80 percent of draft 3° from keel Skeg vs. Spade Ventilation Keep the rudder away from the surface The effective aspect ratio is doubled if the rudder butts against a flat plate More lift is generated Mid-Proofing

6 Rudders Tested Existing Hull Midn 44 Hull

7 Planform Comparison Old Hull Midn 44 Hull
N. B. The elliptical rudder on the Midn 44 Hull is 3.5” deeper than the existing rudder on the old hull.

8 Testing Setup Tow Post Yaw Arm

9 Testing Setup Rudder Adjustment

10 Testing in the 120’ Tank Resistance + Yaw + Sideforce Velocity

11 Testing in the 120’ Tank Running Downwind at 9.5 Knots
Sailing Upwind at 6.5 Knots Note the rudder ventilation

12 Results From Model Testing
What defines the better rudder? Upwind tests – Most sideforce for least rudder angle and drag Upright Tests – Most yaw moment for least rudder angle and drag Tactical diameter tests – Smallest radius and most speed carried

13 Upwind Testing For all conditions the existing rudder provides more
0.522 lbs predicted from VPP For all conditions the existing rudder provides more Sideforce for the same drag.

14 Sideforce Problems The required sideforce was not obtained within the rudder angles tested. This was due to an optimistic prediction of yaw angle from the VPP (1.8o) Extrapolation of rudder angle data provided values of 5 degrees for the elliptical spade and 10 degrees for the existing rudder. This gave model drag values of and pounds respectively, correlating to speeds of 6.2 and 6.0 knots. A 0.2 knot speed increase. Additional runs at 3o of yaw showed a linear relationship between yaw and sideforce, realistic rudder angles and a consistent difference in relative drag values.

15 Upright Testing Here the spade rudders show more yaw moment
for the same rudder angles.

16 Upright Testing Again, the spade rudders perform better than the existing but the elliptical planform also looks better due to its more efficient shape.

17 Tactical Diameter Testing
Free release Testing in the 380’ tank Full scale testing with existing Navy 44

18 Tactical Diameter Testing
Existing Rudder vs. Elliptical Spade Existing Rudder Elliptical Spade

19 Tactical Diameter Testing
Result Summary: The elliptical spade Lessens the turning radius Even with a longer waterline

20 Conclusions Upwind Tests Upright Tests Tactical Diameter Tests
Elliptical planform provides more sideforce for less rudder angle, which means less drag. Skegs were more efficient than spades at low angles of attack. Upright Tests Elliptical planform provides more yaw moment for a given rudder angle, which means faster response. Tactical Diameter Tests Elliptical planform turns tighter due to larger yaw moment. Spade rudders carry more speed through the turn, a benefit for collision avoidance and also for tacking nad rounding marks in racing conditions. Improved turning radius is a primary concern as the new 44 will have a longer waterline.

21 Questions?

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