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Performance and modeling of an existing propeller: Reverse engineering
- The user default design, to create an optimum propeller, by entering the fluid speed.. The rotation speed can then be imposed or calculated. The construction of the propeller blade at "optimum twist" is then made, by adjusting the twist to provide the maximum profile lift/drag ratio, taking into account the calculated induced velocities.
- A calculation of performance "offdesign"" is then available to evaluate the performance of the propeller when it operates outside its operating point design ....Design phases are then defined by the specifications of the propeller.. For more on the design phase of the optimized propeller for a given operating point.
- Heliciel also offers a way "reverse design" which is actually a performance calculation "off design", but for modeling and quickly calculate the performance of an existing propeller.
Mode, reverse engineering, is designed for testing the performance but also the reproduction of an existing propeller. You can then modify certain parameters to create a new propeller, derived from model. When you enter data pitch and geometry found on the propeller, the 3D model of the propeller may be created , you can also edit 3D files igs or solidworks for designing your prototype propeller .....
Example of use of reverse engineering methodTo begin we will select a default project that best fits our project for this example, we will take a boat propulsion propeller:
Then under the tab optimize, we set the number of blade to match to our existing propeller:
In the Geometry tab we select the "Reverse Engineering" mode:
When moving in reverse engineering, some functions are not available (such as the choice of law in profile, or thickness of the profiles) because the profiles will be selected and manually forced.
As for the other way of design, the dimensions of the chords and the length of the blade are controlled in the upper part of the blade dimensions tab. Enter the radius blade tip found on the propeller, and adjust the slider to the radius at the blade root.Then adjust the chords at tip and blade root, and use the cursor "distribution chords" and buttons to adjust the intermediate chords in order to correspond (at best) to your existing propeller.
Now you can select the profiles of each of the elements describing your blade: Buttons "choose profile" select the respective element and displays your database.
Select the desired profile from your database and then click "apply as basic profile forced to the element" pitch input column is filled by default with the optimum pitch calculated during the last reconstruction of optimum twist. It is in this column that you can impose the pitch corresponding to the pitch of your choice made on your existing propeller. Retro engineering mode allows, mixing methods, starting for example by calculating the optimum twist in the normal mode,then move in reverse engineering, to change the pitch of some elements ......
When your blade definition is complete click"performance testing (reverse engineering)". Heliciel reconstructs the 3d model to pitch defined, then re calculating the performance of your propeller. You can change the rotational speed and velocity of the fluid, then repeat the test to find new performance to other operating points.