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After-market Modification of Propellers to Achieve Performance Objectives

Propeller hydrodynamics can be complicated and messy, and sometimes the combination of propeller, vessel shape, gearbox, and engine are less than perfect. Age or lack of maintenance can also compromise performance – frequently causing an overload of the engine and a reduction in RPM. In such cases, it may be possible to relieve some of the problems and shift the operational RPM through a variety of propeller modification techniques, such as re-pitching by blade twist, diameter reduction, or even trailing-edge trimming and grinding. Join Adam Kaplan for this 30-minute webinar explaining the objectives, expectations, techniques, and limitations of propeller modification to achieve performance objectives. Is a new propeller needed to solve a performance problem? Maybe, but not always.
Thursday 29 April, 2021

Hull-Propeller Interaction – Part 2: Propeller Performance

This two part series on Hull-Propeller Interaction concludes with a session on Propeller Performance (Part 2). We discuss “wake-adapted” propeller design and analysis, as well as differences between steady and unsteady performance and calculation. Propeller design tips are introduced for operation in unsteady wake fields (including typical criteria for propeller blade-to-hull clearance), and we illustrate how estimates of Effective wake properties can be used when ship-specific values are not available. Join Don MacPherson for this 30-minute webinar that will introduce some of the key concepts about wake-adapted propeller performance that are needed by naval architects and designers to ensure best outcomes for noise & vibration, propeller efficiency, and overall performance.
Thursday 25 March, 2021

Hull-Propeller Interaction – Part 1: Wake Fields

This two part series on Hull-Propeller Interaction complements our previous webinar on propeller-radiated noise with a focus on Wake Fields (Part 1) and Propeller Performance (Part 2). We discuss in Part 1 how velocities into the propeller are affected by the hull and are defined as a “wake field”. We further explain the various types of wake fields, break them down into useful “quality” parameters, and introduce recommended criteria for wake parameters and hull-propeller geometry. Join Don MacPherson for this 30-minute webinar that will introduce some of the key concepts about wake fields that are needed by naval architects and designers to ensure best outcomes for noise & vibration, propeller efficiency, and overall performance.
Thursday 4 March, 2021

Propeller radiated noise: Meeting challenges for design and mitigation

The evaluation of Propeller Radiated Noise (PRN) has always been part of the assessment of internal noise, vibration, and habitability. In recent years, PRN has become a focal point for international regulatory efforts to reduce Underwater Radiated Noise (URN). While difficult to quantify analytically, there are ways to easily characterize PRN as well as common sense practices that can help designers reduce both internal and underwater PRN. This half hour webinar with Don MacPherson will introduce key principles of PRN, universal ways to reduce and mitigate PRN, and the hydroacoustic evaluation utility in NavCad that can be used to provide measures of influence for different mitigation strategies.
Thursday 11 February, 2021

Surface-Piercing Propellers: Geometric Modeling with PropCad

Surface-piercing propellers (SPPs) have a very specific blade form, with cleaver shaped outlines, high pitch-to-diameter ratios, and carefully crafted wedge-shaped sections. As a result, successful surface-piercing propellers require the use of unique design elements. This webinar will cover the characteristics of SSP blade design and demonstrate how PropCad provides an extremely effective environment for SSP CAD modeling. Join Adam Kaplan in this half hour webinar to help you unlock the secrets of surface-piercing propeller design.
Thursday 28 January, 2021


Surface-Piercing Propellers: Performance Calculations with NavCad

Surface-piercing propellers (SPPs) are typically designed for high speed applications. Unlike conventional fully-submerged propellers, they encounter highly varying thrust-making regimes across the speed range. Understanding how each regime of SPP performance is influenced by speed, RPM, shaft angle, and propeller pitch is critical to successful SPP operation. This half hour webinar will introduce key principles of SPP performance, including NavCad’s new “cleaver-style” SPP propeller series as well as its prediction of the “critical transition”. Spend a few minutes with Don MacPherson to ensure best SPP outcomes for your clients and customers.
Thursday 14 January, 2021


Performance Prediction for Sailboats Under Auxiliary Power

While the primary objective of most sailing vessel designs is performance under sail, auxiliary propulsion is also an important consideration. Often, the heaviest non-structural components on a sailing vessel are the engine and its fuel. Since weight reduction is key to sailboat performance, accurately sizing the engine and fuel tanks are critical to meeting performance objectives both under sail and power. Join Alex Walker for this half-hour webinar to discover how HydroComp NavCad® can be used for quick, accurate performance prediction of auxiliary-powered sailboats to appropriately size the engine, fuel consumption, and even a folding propeller to meet your design goals.
Thursday 12 November, 2020

Towpull: System Analysis and Component Sizing

Tugs, trawlers, and other workboats require the ability to generate thrust for more than their own transit. They need supplemental thrust – known as “towpull” – to pull nets or push other boats. More than just “bollard pull”, towpull requires a properly functioning Vessel-Propulsor-Drive system. How does bollard pull differ from towpull? What design choices can ensure effective towpull? Join Don MacPherson for this half-hour webinar that will review how towpull is generated, its relation to bollard pull, and practices for propeller and driveline sizing.
Thursday 22 October, 2020

Tunnel thrusters: function, sizing, and design

Tunnel thrusters are an invaluable asset for maneuvering and docking. But how do they really function? Did you know that inlet and discharge geometry can be as important as the thruster propeller itself for a successful installation? What about thruster noise? This half-hour webinar will introduce the hydrodynamic function of a tunnel thruster, as well as practices for sizing and design. Spend a few minutes with Don MacPherson to review the thrust-making capabilities of a tunnel thruster, techniques for inlet and tunnel design, and tips for the sizing and design of thruster propellers.
Thursday 25 June, 2020


Propeller repitching: Maybe, maybe not…

Did you know that the pitch of a propeller can be modified? This process – half art form, half science – provides us some flexibility for correcting performance problems or even re-using propellers with different engines and gears after repowering.Join Adam Kaplan for this half hour webinar, where we will discuss how to identify a required pitch change, the practical limitations for repitching a propeller blade, and the physical geometric changes that occur during a propeller repitching. This webinar is appropriate for propeller repair shops, propulsion equipment vendors, naval architects, and boat builders.
Thursday 18 June, 2020

Designer Guided Hull Form Optimization

Vessel hull form drag is the principal system load that ultimately determines engine power, fuel consumption, and emissions, and we know that reducing this hydrodynamic “cost” is an important design objective. But is there a “best” hydrodynamic shape to achieve least drag? Probably. Can I use that shape? Probably not, since the other design objectives of hydrostatics and safety, structure and layout, even producibility and capital cost, typically have priority over considerations of speed and power. This half-hour webinar will review how “designer-guided hull form optimization” in NavCad helps point to the hull characteristics that offer drag reduction for a vessel design. Designers will then use this knowledge to optimize hull shapes that are compatible with their other design priorities. Spend a few minutes with Don MacPherson to review objectives, workflow, and a case study that used these techniques for substantial savings in fuel consumption and emissions.
Thursday 11 June, 2020

Waterjets in NavCad

We all know that waterjets are a very effective propulsor for high speed craft. But how do we model waterjet performance for speed-power calculations? What is the influence of hull form on their ability to drive a craft? How are waterjets different from propellers for key operational scenarios, such as acceleration or getting over the planing“hump”?This half-hour webinar will review how waterjet performance is defined and applied in NavCad, as well as provide special insights from a jet builder’s perspective. Spend a few minutes with Don MacPherson and special guest Jan Skorczewski of Alamarin-Jet to review how to properly model a waterjet-driven craft and achieve best outcomes for your clients and customers.
Thursday 4 June, 2020

Pushboats and propellers

Pushboats are the industrial workers of commerce, moving barges from place-to-place on rivers across the globe. And we appreciate their tireless transport of goods and cargo now more than ever. But what makes a pushboat different from a merchant ship or motor yacht? How do we use our propulsion design tools to ensure we give them the right propellers? This half-hour webinar will review some of the important characteristics of pushboat propellers, and illustrate how HydroComp’s propulsion design tools can be used for this application.
Thursday 28 May, 2020

Sea trials are how we document and validate that a vessel conforms to its expected performance. But we can also extract knowledge from a sea trial for design purposes. Do you focus on a particular vessel type or style? Would it be useful to identify specific hull performance characteristics for future projects? This half-hour webinar will review different ways to utilize and validate historical trial data for prediction of performance during new design. 
Thursday 14 May, 2020

We start May with a webinar focused on the interaction between propeller hydrodynamics and shafting calculations. Many naval architects and propulsion equipment professionals know the basics of shafting vibration and alignment calculations, but what about the way propeller hydrodynamics affect these calculations? This half-hour webinar will review the main types of shaft vibration on a ship’s driveline, and will introduce how to set up a numerical model of a driveline considering the propeller hydrodynamic parameters.
Thursday 7 May, 2020

Rated power and RPM will put an engine into a general category, but it does not tell the whole story about an engine’s power delivery. How do differences in engine power curve affect towing capability? Bollard pull? Or vessel acceleration over the planing hump? This half-hour webinar will review how a full engine power curve is needed to properly evaluate vessel performance in off-design and dynamic conditions.
Thursday 30 April, 2020

We all know that rudders are a vital piece of our vessel’s operational equipment. But what determines the best type of rudder to use? How do we ensure that the rudder and propeller function well together? Can we use analytical tools to optimize a design? This half-hour webinar will review practical aspects of rudder type and function, as well as describe techniques for a deeper analytical understanding of rudder performance. Spend a few minutes with Don MacPherson (HydroComp) and Adrian Sarasquete (VICUSdt) to review the practical and analytical aspects of rudder design.
Thursday 23 April, 2020

We all know about planing hull drag prediction and typical hull form parameters – such as deadrise, LCG, chine beam. But what about the longitudinal and transverse variation in deadrise? Or how catamaran forms affect planing predictions? What is the influence of propulsors on stern lift, trim, and resistance? This half-hour webinar will review how planing craft geometry is described in NavCad, as well as recent updates to its prediction models.
Thursday 16 April, 2020

Nozzles can be an incredibly valuable partner for a propeller. When used appropriately, these non-moving devices can supplement a propeller’s thrust for some applications – but not all. How can a non-moving device generate thrust? And what nozzle type is best for our application? This half-hour webinar will introduce the hydrodynamics of propeller nozzles and the implications of different nozzle styles.
Thursday 9 April, 2020

3D CAD models are the standard for communicating propeller design data. These are used in various forms for visualization, performance simulation, and manufacturing/machining operations. In this half-hour webinar, we will review the basic concepts for preparing propeller CAD models. This webinar is an excellent introduction for all marine engineers, researchers, and manufacturers working with propeller data, drawings, and CAD models.
Thursday 2 April, 2020

As we analyze or design a vessel, we use NavCad for hydrodynamic and propulsion system simulation. The Vessel-Propulsor-Drive system model is built upon predictions for the various component pieces of the system – resistance, propeller performance, hull-propulsor system integration. But how do we know that these predictions are accurate? What confidence can we have in the outcomes? This half-hour webinar will review how to use specific features and steps to ensure confidence in the system model and results.
Thursday 26 March, 2020