rough DC motor sizing

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by ENG Student, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. ENG Student
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    ENG Student Junior Member

    Hi guys
    im no expert but this just doesnt seem right to me,
    Using CAD ive designed a basic hull outline which ive then imported into a CFD package to optimise the drag values.
    The Boat is a catamaran design the hull is roughly 9m LOA 1m Beam 1.5m depth and weighs approx 1800kg, without batteries or motors.
    From CFD i found the drag to be approx 300N using single phase flow (just the submerged part of the hull)

    Now using the instructions on this website

    calculated the required HP required to 2.75HP @ 7knots which relates to just over 2kW power.

    Now ive always liked the lynch electric motors so i chose a 3kW motor...which is startlingly small for the size of the boat

    Am i just being paranoid or are my calculations completely wrong

    PS this is a university assignment im not actually making a boat..just create and analyse the system
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    Guest625101138 Previous Member

    I have not checked your drag calculation but, if correct, the 2kW will be close. You may do better with a purpose made propeller.

    Rick W
  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    My 25' Coronado would get to about 5.5kt with a 3.5 outboard. I never optimized the prop which had a bit too much pitch. The displacment was about 4500lbs (2100 kg). With a strong head wind it dropped to about 1kt. I think that 3kw will give the adequate reserve power.

  4. jonr
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    jonr Senior Member

    High winds can easily require several times more thrust just to stand still than moving in normal conditions. I'd either overbuild or make sure you are ok with leeway or anchoring and waiting it out.
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