HydroComp is a leader in hydrodynamic software and services for resistance and propulsion prediction and propeller sizing and design, serving naval architects, shipbuilders, vessel owners and operators, propeller designers, and builders.

VICUSdt acts as the HydroComp company’s software dealer in Europe. The main office, in Spain, is staffed by a fleet of naval architects, engineers, and designers.

The new Premium edition of NavCad includes an ‘operating modes analysis’ utility. By describing how a tug spends its life on the water, technical staff can look at comprehensive energy demands, total fuel consumption, and a variety of key performance indicators. HydroComp’s NavCad software now enables naval architects and engineers to investigate powering characteristics across a tug’s entire mission. The plots, pictured below, illustrate data points for each of a tug’s operational modes for a typical harbor duty profile. A comparison of the plots demonstrates the projected ‘before and after’ effect that a retrofit with a new high-efficiency nozzle, propeller, and rudders can have on engine load and fuel consumption. Predicted fuel volumes are represented by the area of each circle, with the engine’s power and rev/min marked by its position. Clients can build exactly what they need to meet objectives and requirements by using HydroComp NavCad’s powerful, yet easy-to-use, analytical capabilities.

Inspection features added to PropCad Premium

The latest addition, Inspection Maps, allows users to create customized layout templates for measuring blade coordinates, blade thickness, and local pitch!

It is common practice to inspect marine propellers to ensure the manufactured product meets the thickness and pitch specified by the design. PropCad Premium introduces a powerful tool for propeller builders and manufacturers – Inspection Maps.
HydroComp’s Inspection Maps is a tool to aid in the measurement and inspection of marine propellers during the manufacturing process. These maps provide guidance for propeller craftsman
and foundry workers, allowing them to quickly identify the inspection points on the blade and ensure appropriate thickness and local pitch values.

PropCad includes four inspection maps for determining inspection point location and inspection values for thickness and local pitch. These maps produce a template of the developed blade outline, which can often be directly laid on top of constant pitch propellers to approximate the inspection point position. Alternatively, the location maps can provide the exact location in 3D space.

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