A study into the effect of tip clearance on ducted propellers was carried out. Two series of propellers, namely B-series and Kaplan-series, were used. The gap between tip of propeller and ducted was varied from 2mm to 5mm. The study was conducted numerically using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach. The solver is based on the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) solutions and two turbulence modelling, i.e. k-ω SST by Menter and explicit algebraic stress model (EASM), were applied in order to find out the optimum results. This paper objective to discuss energy efficiency on ships by investigating variations of propeller tip clearances. Overall results showed that EASM demonstrated better score (particularly in term of thrust and efficiency) than the k-ω SST. The highest thrust, torque and efficiency were achieved at 3mm tip clearance for both series. Moreover, Kaplan-series showed better results than the B-series propeller indicating that the use of ducted propeller using Kaplan-series is more appropriate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012038
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event7th International Conference on Marine Technology, SENTA 2022 - Surabaya, Indonesia
Duration: 20 Oct 2022 → …


  • B-series
  • Kaplan-Series
  • ducted propeller
  • energy efficiency
  • tip clearance
  • turbulence modelling


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