Speakers: John Huisman (Project Manager Ships Dept.) and Do Ligtelijn (Consultant Ship Propulsion and Cavitation), MARIN.
The well-known Wageningen B-series of fixed pitch propellers was developed over a period of about three decades, starting from the mid 1930-ies. These propellers were designed for high propulsive efficiency, without considering cavitation-induced noise- and vibration excitation. This propeller series is still widely used throughout the world, mainly to select main propeller parameters, like diameter, number of blades and blade area ratio, and to estimate the propeller efficiency in the early design stages of a ship.