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Performance and modeling of an existing propeller: Reverse engineering

Héliciel has several design methods adapted to different case of propellers studies: Reverse engineering mode, we will describe here,allows to enter directly pitch of the profiles (angle between the chord and the plane of rotation), to select the profiles of the blade, and define the dimensions of the chords for each element:

calcul et conception d'une hélice existante

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 method
To begin we will select a default project that best fits our project for this example, we will take a boat propulsion propeller:

boat propeller

Then under the tab optimize, we set the number of blade to match to our existing propeller:

modification du nombre de pale de l'hélice


In the Geometry tab we select the "Reverse Engineering" mode:

calcul et conception d'une hélice existante

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.

definition de la géometrie de la pale

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.

zone de saisie des parametre de la pale en mode retro conception

Select the desired profile from your database and then click "apply as basic profile forced to the element"

base donnée de profils ailes helice

The 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 ......

calcul et conception d'une hélice existante

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.