Study of the self noise generated by supercavitating vehicles
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This study investigates the self noise from a ventilated supercavitating vehicle. A ventilated supercavity is a gaseous envelope surrounding an underwater vehicle that significantly reduces the drag felt by the vehicle. But the hydrodynamic noise generated by the creation of the supercavity could impact the successful deployment of the vehicle. A principal source of self noise for these types of vehicles is sound created by the ventilating gas jets impinging on the air-water interface. Analytical models of the radiated sound through the interface have been developed. Sometimes jets impinging on the interface entrain bubbles beneath the surface. This thesis outlines a theory to predict the influence of bubbles near the interface. Experimental measurements were made at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, RI to test the accuracy of the model. These measurements include the unsteady force spectrum of a gas jet impinging on a rigid wall. The acoustic pressure spectrum of a gas jet striking the air-water interface was also recorded. The experimental results were compared to theoretical models for validation.