SWIFTTRIAL
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Minimum hardware required: PI 133, (64 Mb for Win NT)
Operating system(s): Windows NT, 2000, XP
Most recent version date & number: December 2005, 1.10
Number of installations:

 




 
  Description
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SwiftTrial is a tool for the management and analysis of sea trials (steady-state, overload and acceleration trials) for propeller-driven monohulls. Part of the SwiftWorks collection of marine performance tools, SwiftTrial has been developed for anyone who has the need to prepare, conduct and analyze sea trials.
It is not enough to document a trial - you must learn what is really happening with your boat, engine and propeller. SwiftTrial gives you the tools to reveal the true performance behind the numbers.


 
  Capabilities & Features
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This page provides a feature overview of SwiftTrial. It offers a summary of its important calculation, reporting, expert assistance and cost/benefit features. You can review program specifications and additional in-depth information in the associated pages.

Calculation features

SwiftTrial offers users an integrated platform for the management and analysis of:

  • Steady-state performance tests
  • Vessel overload tests
  • Acceleration tests

You will find a number of unique calculation features throughout SwiftTrial that are found only in HydroComp software. These include:

  • A "method expert" to evaluate and rank the various prediction methods, so that you can select a proper method based on proper engineering decisions
  • Extensive testing and validation of numerical methods, to insure reliable results
  • HydroComp's collection of commercial propeller models, to help you identify a proper model for your application
  • Analysis of the effect of propeller cupping [1]

Review the calculation specifications page for a listing of prediction methods and analyses.

[1] - MacPherson, D.M., "Small Propeller Cup: A Proposed Geometry Standard and a New Performance Model", SNAME Propellers/Shafting '97 Symposium, 1997.

Reporting options

You can review, print and save a variety of comprehensive, professional reports and graphs. SwiftTrial reports are created as HTML files, so that they may be viewed in any browser - and printed, saved or emailed to a client.

Look over the report manager and a basic graph page to see how a sample report looks when it is created by SwiftTrial:

Expert assistance

One of the ways that SwiftTrial helps promote a rapid learning curve is to provide "expert assistance" to the user in a variety of ways. For example, HydroComp has pre-configured a number of internal calculations to SwiftTrial to comply with recommended contemporary techniques. Other ways that SwiftTrial provides expert support include:

  • Automatic prediction method ranking
  • Extensive testing and validation
  • Interactive data estimates
  • A database of commercial propeller models
  • Dedicated on-line site for users
  • Focused technical reports
  • Expert tech support
  • Comprehensive help system

Cost/benefit

SwiftTrial provides outstanding value. The cost of SwiftTrial is US$695. If you conduct sea trials, you cannot afford to be without SwiftTrial.

Everybody will agree that sea trial data is valuable. The value and usefulness of this information, however, can be greatly increased when the data is analyzed.

Sea trial analysis is a critical process that can be used to provide a sense for how a boat is really operating. It can help fix problems when they appear, and better yet, it can be used in the design process of future boats to help avoid these problems from the outset. 

Without analysis, a boat test is just a table of numbers. SwiftTrial is a key tool for success.


 
  Why Do You Need SwiftTrial ?
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Review the following points to help you determine if SwiftTrial will serve your needs.

You need SwiftTrial if ...

... you perform Sea Trial Analyses.

  SwiftTrial offers users an integrated platform for the management and analysis of:

  • Steady-state performance tests
  • Vessel overload tests
  • cceleration tests

... you are in one of the following Marine Professions.

  SwiftTrial is built upon nearly 20 years of technical development by the experts at HydroComp. For additional background on some of the techniques employed in SwiftTrial, take a look through HydroComp's recent technical paper - Sea Trial Analysis: The Value In The Data.

If you don't need SwiftTrial, ...

... then maybe one of the other SwiftWorks tools is what you need.


 
  How Does SwiftTrial Work ?
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SwiftTrial employs many leading techniques for both its interface and calculations. This page offers a summary of each - a set of sample screens for the easy-to-use interface, and a description of the principal calculation techniques.

Calculation techniques

SwiftTrial is built upon nearly 20 years of technical development by the experts at HydroComp. As mentioned, SwiftTrial is a tool for the management and analysis of three types of sea trials:

  • Steady-state performance tests
  • Vessel overload tests
  • Acceleration tests

Review the calculation specifications page for a listing of prediction methods and analyses. For additional background on some of the techniques employed in SwiftTrial, take a look through HydroComp's recent technical paper - Sea Trial Analysis: The Value In The Data. [1]

 

[1] - MacPherson, D.M., "Sea Trial Analysis: The Value In The Data", International Boatbuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), 2003.

Review the calculation specifications page for a listing of prediction methods and analyses. For additional background on some of the techniques employed in SwiftTrial, take a look through HydroComp's recent technical paper - Sea Trial Analysis: The Value In The Data. [1]

[1] - MacPherson, D.M., "Sea Trial Analysis: The Value In The Data", International Boatbuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), 2003.

Interface

SwiftTrial was developed using the "Inductive User Interface" model. This new interface architecture builds upon a user's familiarity with navigation on the web. You will notice that the pages and navigation structure are similar to a frames-based web site. "Usability testing" which has been conducted on this interface model has determined that it promotes proper completion of necessary tasks and new (or infrequent) users can quickly master all tasks.

File-handling

SwiftTrial helps you manage your data though a logical file-handling system where you deal with project names and descriptions, rather than file names. Click the following graphics to review the file-handling in more detail.


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