Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Orca3D 1.3 WIP Update Available

This new Orca3D version (1.3 WIP 2012-05-15) adds back in the Stability Criteria Evaluation that was removed from the 1.2.3 Release and includes the beginning of a Longitudinal Strength analysis capability.

The new command, OrcaLongitudinalStrength, continues to be developed. It has been created to facilitate a simple beam bending model by computing shear force/bending moment using the existing Orca3D buoyancy and weight computation capabilities. This new command should be considered as “under development” and currently has limited functionality. Development will continue through future Orca3D WIP releases. As with all Orca3D WIP releases, your feedback on the Stability Criteria Evaluation and Longitudinal Strength analysis is welcome.

A new command to import FastShip files has been added. Both .pex and .srf files are supported. When using Rhino's open, insert, or import commands, you can select either file type in the file type filter. Surface trimming information is not currently imported.

Also, the hydrostatics CSV output has been modified to include a separate condition number and condition name where the number is used as reference in the section and righting arm output. The default condition names are now "Condition x" instead of "Load Case x."

This WIP will expire on July 1st. Either the final version of Orca3D 1.3 will be released before then, or a new WIP will be released.

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