Hydrodynamic and Structural Effects on Faired Towcable Kiting

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection
Artist or Author: Bruce D. Cox
Creation Year: 1975
Summary: A theory for faired towcable kiting is presented. Geometric relationships and equilibrium equations are derived based on a think elastic rod-high aspect ratio hydrofoil analytical model. The fairing section is characterized by torsional and flexural rigidities and hydrodynamic lift, drag and moment coefficients. The presence of asymmetry (camber) also is accounted for. Predictions of towing configurations are presented. It is shown that small angles of attack (.15 degrees) can result in kite angles up to 60 degrees and catenary depth losses of 10 50 15 percent. Remarkably small camber (.1 percent of chord) is sufficient to cause significant kiting. Stability criteria are developed based on an analysis of the torsional buckling problems associated with the structural rigidities. The results have important implications in the design of towcable strength members and fairings. ADA01978628 pages 11 December 1975 Naval Material Command US Navy David W. Taylor Naval Ship R and D Center Bethesda, Maryland 20084
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Geographic: United States
Kite Type: Inflated
Materials: Ripstop
Significance: Scientific