New premium option for HydroComp PropCad
05 Feb 2016by Riviera Newsletters
HydroComp’s PropCad software, which offers geometric modelling of marine propellers, is now also available in a PropCad Premium version
HydroComp’s PropCad software, which offers geometric modelling of marine propellers, is now also available in a PropCad Premium version, with a collection of major new capabilities. These supplement the existing features of PropCad with additional capabilities for the manufacture and inspection of marine propellers. A new PropCad Premium licensing option has been created for access to these new features.
The PropCad Premium licence will include:
- A floating network licence. All PropCad Premium licences will include, or be upgraded to, a one concurrent user floating licence – that is to say, a workgroup licence that admits one additional user.
- Scan Converter. This enables the entry of scanned blade surface data, in XYZ or polar format, and conversion into a PropCad design file. This information typically comes from a scanning measurement device, but it can be obtained by interrogation of a 3D CAD file. Users who have a separate Scan Converter add-on licence will receive full credit when they upgrade to PropCad Premium.
- Geometry Transforms. These enable repositioning of the blade about the shaft axis, along the reference helix, or about a spindle axis. Used in conjunction with Scan Converter, some of these can be useful for smoothing and positioning. The spindle axis transformation can be used to check off-design geometry of controllable pitch propeller (CPP) blades.
- Pattern Compensation. This helps to build pattern geometry from a PropCad design. It provides the means to create new pattern geometry with additional offset stock for machining and finishing, as well as user-defined scaling factors to account for distortion and shape changes during the casting process.
CPP Tip Clearance Check. This calculates the maximum extent of the propeller blade through a range of spindle axis rotation. It is useful for calculating clearance between CPP blades, as well as tip extent changes – for example, when in nozzles.