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The effect of speed and geometry on the characteristics of the plume generated by submarine masts


Conway, AST and Ranmuthugala, D and Renilson, MR and Binns, JR, The effect of speed and geometry on the characteristics of the plume generated by submarine masts, Papers from WARSHIP 2017: Naval Submarines & UUV's, 14-15 June 2017, Bath, United Kingdom, pp. 1-6. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.3940/


Due to operational requirements, submarines are required to pierce the free surface with a mast whilst underway, generating a significant plume structure which greatly increases the submarine’s probability of detection. Therefore, accurately modelling and understanding the flow regime which generates the plume is critical in order to improve the mast shape and configuration to reduce the plume size and its visual signature.

This paper reports on a numerical and experimental study to investigate the plume generated by a surface piercing mast. A validated numerical model is used to investigate a number of mast shapes and double mast configurations as possible options to reduce the plume size. It is seen that the use of a smaller forward mast can significantly reduce the plume size generated by the masts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:LES, free surface, bluff body, plume profile
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Naval architecture
Objective Division:Defence
Objective Group:Defence
Objective Field:Maritime
UTAS Author:Conway, AST (Dr Alexander Conway)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Renilson, MR (Professor Martin Renilson)
UTAS Author:Binns, JR (Professor Jonathan Binns)
ID Code:121995
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-10-25
Last Modified:2018-05-22

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