OPTIMAL SELF-PROPULSION OF A DEFORMABLE PROLATE SPHEROID.

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Abstract

The problem of self-propulsion of an elongated deformable body moving in an infinite medium of inviscid fluid is considered. A prolate spheroid is chosen as a model shape, and a particular deformation pattern which maximizes the Froude efficiency is sought. The Froude efficiency in this context is defined by the ratio of the kinetic energy of the body to the total kinetic energy of the system comprising the body and the fluid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-130
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Ship Research
Volume27
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1983

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