We don’t currently have the tools and not yet measured the flow rate or flow speed of our thrusters. However, you are right that with some estimates and math we can get to a reasonable rough theoretical value for these, at least under ideal conditions.
The T200 propeller has a 76.2 mm outer diameter, and a 40 mm diameter central hub. It also has a pitch of 22.5° at 75% of its radius, and spins at about 3075 RPM full throttle 12 V, and 3600 RPM 16 V. Using the pitch and and RPM approximation, this results in a theoretical maximum flow speed of 4.45 m/s at 16 V, and 3.80 m/s at 12 V. The propeller has an area of about 0.00330373 m^2. Multiplying these area by the flow speed results in a volume of about 0.014702 m^3/s (or 14.7 liters/s or 3.88 gallons/s) at 16 V, and 0.012554 m^3/s (or 12.5 liters/s or 3.32 gallons/s) at 12 V.
Note that the 55 W power number you mention is not the power generated by the thruster, rather the electrical consumption. The actual mechanical power will be lower due to the efficiency of the thruster.
Bear in mind these speeds and flow rates are rough estimates based on some math and not true measurements, I would expect the real number to be lower. However, they should be reasonably accurate for estimation purposes. I hope this helps!
Thank you theoretical maximum flow speed calculation.
Can you please give the step by step calculation using pitch and rpm… somewhere I saw pitch into rpm multiplication but here pitch in degrees… how can we convert this into inches… I am electronics background, didn’t know the much details regarding this… Please explain the step by step process how u got 4.45m/s…
As the propeller spins, each blade can be thought of as moving through the water like the thread of a screw. In an ideal case (with no “slip”), the maximum flow velocity is exactly equal to the offset between the rotational velocity and the pitch angle:
Given the rough and maximal/ideal nature of the values, rounding down to the nearest 0.05 m/s seems reasonable to avoid too much false/inaccurate precision.
Note also that realistic flow rates depend on the relative incoming speed between each thruster and the water going through it, which is not considered or accounted for in the “theoretical maximum” calculations presented here.