Date of Award

Summer 1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mathematics and Statistics


Computational and Applied Mathematics

Committee Director

John Tweed

Committee Member

John H. Heinbockel

Committee Member

Fereidoun Farassat

Committee Member

Thomas Jackson


A technique is presented for the solution of a linear, two dimensional, singular, Volterra integral equation of the first kind. The integral equation, originally developed by Farassat and Myers, is derived from the basic equations of linearized acoustics and models the lifting force experienced by an infinitesimally thin surface moving tangent to itself. As a particular application, the motion of modern high speed aircraft propellers (Advanced Technology Propellers) is considered. The unknown propeller blade surface pressure distribution is approximated by a piecewise constant function and the integral equation is solved numerically by the method of collocation. Certain simplifying assumptions applied to the propeller blade model lead to a radical reduction in complexity of the solution methodology.

This research is motivated by the need to obtain accurate, cost efficient propeller blade surface pressure information to be used as input to Advanced Technology Propeller Noise Prediction methods. Currently, these data are supplied by state of the art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods which require the calculation of the entire flow field. Though these methods yield highly accurate solutions, they are considered by the aeroacoustician to be time consuming and expensive from a computational point of view. The above integral equation method, on the other hand, involves only surface calculations, requiring much less computational expense relative to CFD methods. Results are presented that demonstrate the validity of the integral equation model and the solution procedure. Propeller noise predictions using results from the method presented here are in excellent agreement with those obtained from CFD methods.