Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2760

Full Length Research Paper

1Emergency Department of Second Affiliated Hospital, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China. 2Central Laboratory, Shantou University Medical College, Xinling Road 22, Shantou, Guangdong 515041, China. 3Clinical Laboratory of Affiliated Tumor Hospital, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China. 4Central Laboratory, Shantou University, Shantou, China.

A. B. Abdullah1,2*, S. M. Sapuan2, Z. Samad1, H. M. T. Khaleed1 and N. A. Aziz2
1School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Engineering Campus14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang, Malaysia. 2Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 23 December 2011
  •  Published: 16 January 2012


Recently, faster and energy saving propeller have become the focus of attention in the marine industry. Furthermore, changeability of the blade is also taken into account for faster replacement and repair works. The objective of the paper is to present the error assessment of the designed Autonomous Underwater Vehicle(AUV) propeller blade. The paper briefly discusses the design steps involved including optimization and fabrication process. The error is assessed based on geometrical and dimensional accuracy of the forged blade utilizing the conventional measurement equipment and finite element analysis. The discussion is focused on the error caused by the manufacturing process. The error was measured based on the thickness and twist angle deviation as compared with the nominal model. The error committed during the assembly in the pin head is also presented.


Key words: AUV, cold-forging, geometrical-defect, material-flow.