Software Open Access
In the BladeX Python package, we implemented the bottom-up construction of blades given the radial distribution of pitch, skew, rake, chord, and camber of the sectional profiles. We also provide several tutorials showing how to construct or import sectional profiles in 2D and then how to generate the desired 3D representation of the blade. It is also possible to export the final design in CAD files such as iges and stl. Even if the focus is on marine propeller blades, the software is general enough to produce, for instance, aircraft wings or wind turbine blades. It is particularly suited for simulation-driven design shape optimization.