Boat performance predictions made easy with Volvo Penta’s Marine Propulsion Software

Marine Propulsion Software (MPS) is a unique sales tool, developed by Volvo Penta. By entering relevant information about the boat hull into the system, the user gets an instant performance prediction from MPS. This allows the user to try out various propulsion types and engine configurations, in order to find the one best suited for a particular application and hull.

Make easy or advanced boat performance predictions, quickly

MPS contains two separate but similar sets of calculation modules: Easy Modules and Advanced Modules. The Easy Modules allow for particularly quick calculations for which propeller type you should use, based on your boat’s hull dimensions, weight, and driveline configuration. Or you can choose a certain speed and define the driveline in order to get a propeller recommendation. The Easy option also provides a visual overview of the propellers relevant to you, based on your input.

The Advanced Modules contain a wide range of parameters, and the ability to make more specific calculations (including catamarans, joystick operation, and bollard pull). In addition to the boat’s propulsion type and maximum solution speed, you can also make your calculations based on factors such as displacement, deadrise angle, the number of drivelines, and many more. MPS will provide the user with predictions on estimated maximum speed, propeller type and propeller efficiency, drag/thrust, effective power, fuel consumption and porpoising speed. It is even possible to interact with more sophisticated methods and tools, such as CFD simulations (Computational Fluid Dynamics), through import and export functionality.

The system includes several Volvo Penta products that have been discontinued, but that are still widely used among our customers. You can use this when comparing the hull performance of a new product with that of a legacy product..

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Graphs make for easy comparison of calculation results

The results of your calculations are immediately displayed in graphs. A drop-down menu allows you to select the graphs that are of greatest interest to you; fuel consumption at different speeds, power vs. speed, propeller efficiency, for example. 

These graphs provide quick graphic representations of the solutions that are the most ideal for a particular boat or application. 

Another point of reference is the boat reference database embedded in our Marine Propulsion Software. Here, you can compare your theoretical calculations with data from thousands of actual boat tests that Volvo Penta has conducted. The graphs display calculated cases alongside real-world tests. This is immensely useful in order to verify the calculated performance of your designs. 

For whom is our Marine Propulsion Software useful?

MPS can be useful both from a design perspective and a sales perspective. Naval architects and boat designers, along with technical consultants that supply boat builders with boat designs, should find the quick, elaborate calculations to be a very beneficial tool in their work. It is also of great help when you want to confidently choose the correct Volvo Penta drivelines for specific hulls.

In addition, technical sales representatives that sell Volvo Penta products can quickly test and try out different drivelines along with different hulls, thanks to MPS. This can be valuable in individual business-to-consumer sales, as well as for larger business-to-business orders. The fuel consumption calculation aspects can be highly useful in other contexts too. When using an operational profile, for example, in order to calculate the energy consumption during a specific operation.

A Volvo Penta dealer can use the MPS Easy Modules to recommend the correct propellers to a customer.

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Key benefits of using our Marine Propulsion Software

  • Make quick, elaborate calculations to find optimal boat performance, engine configuration and propeller type solutions.
  • Experiment effortlessly with different parameters to compare and contrast, with immediate results.
  • Get solid predictions on everything from boat performance to trim angle and fuel consumption

If you want to know more about our Marine Propulsion Software, or get access to it, contact me at jon.m.wingren@volvo.com. Visit our Volvo Penta Professional Power Blog for more articles on related subjects, such as operational profiles, different marine propeller solutions, and optimised inboard propulsion systems.

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