MER - April 1999 Issue
The latest generation
of SmartEngine from HydroComp and its partner Design
Systems & Technologies includes
the SmartEngine Control System. The system is designed to operate
an engine at a pre-set output while maintaining optimum fuel efficiency.
A key feature of the new
system is its ability to acquire hydrodynamic, performance and navigation
information. The control algorithms calculate output instructions
based on incoming system data, allowing a dynamic response to the
constantly changing propulsive requirements of a vessel at sea.
The system supports unlimited practical application in all aspects
of vessel operation. Data files allow an operator to interrogate
every aspect of the propulsion system efficiency, both at sea and
on shore. The effect of a SmartEngine installation is reduced fuel
consumption, reduced gas emissions, reduced machinery wear and tear
and improved preventative maintenance.
Another new software package from HydroComp improves the preparation,
sizing and analysis of work boat and pleasure craft propellers.
The system called PropExpert 4.0 can determine the optimal diameter,
pitch, blade area and rev/min for most inboard propellers with two
to five blades from 450mm to 2.5m, and can be used to access the
propeller performance of yachts, tugs, trawlers, patrol craft and
sport fishing boats.
Marine Engineers Review (MER) is the flagship magazine of the Institute
of Marine Engineers.