FluidProp ReadMe

Additional installation notes for Microsoft Excel

If you like to use FluidProp in Microsoft Excel, you need to install the FluidProp Excel Add-In. To do this in excel versions 2003 and below:

  1. Start Microsoft Excel
  2. Select "Add-Ins..." from the Tools menu.
  3. In the dialog box showing the available Add-Ins, click the Browse button.
  4. Browse your folders and select the file FluidProp.xla in the FluidProp folder.
  5. After clicking "OK", "FluidProp Add-In 2.x.x.x" appears in the dialog box showing the available Add-Ins.
  6. Click OK to close this dialog box as well.

Now a FluidProp category appears every time you use the Excel Function Wizard (Insert -> Function). If you select this category, you can use all the FluidProp functions from Excel.

To do this in excel versions 2007 and up:

  1. Start Microsoft Excel
  2. Select "Options" from the File menu/Office-button and go to the "Add-Ins" tab.
  3. From the "Manage:" drop-down box select "Excel Add-ins" and press "Go...".
  4. In the dialog box showing the available Add-Ins, click the Browse button.
  5. Browse your folders and select the file FluidProp.xla in the FluidProp folder.
  6. After clicking "OK", "FluidProp Add-In 2.x.x.x" appears in the dialog box showing the available Add-Ins.
  7. Click OK to close this dialog box as well.

Now a FluidProp category appears every time you use the Excel Function Wizard (Insert Function button). If you select this category, you can use all the FluidProp functions from Excel.

These procedures have been illustrated with screen shots in the FluidProp help file.The help file can be found from the start menu, under FluidProp or in the FluidProp installation folder.

Examples of client programs for the FluidProp COM server

This folder contains examples of client programs for the following programs or development environments:

  1. Borland C++
  2. Borland C++ Builder
  3. Compaq Visual Fortran
  4. Intel Visual Fortran
  5. Microsoft Visual Basic
  6. Microsoft Visual C++
  7. Microsoft Excel
  8. Mathworks Matlab
  9. MapleSoft Maple
  10. Modelica

In all examples the same calculations are executed. The Visual Basic and C++ Builder examples are applications based on MS-Windows scrollable windows, while the Fortran, Visual C++ and Borland C++ client are just console applications. Once FluidProp is installed, you can run all the executables.

In order to adapt or extend an example you must have the corresponding programming system and open the enclosed project file.

In order to use C++ Builder as we did, special installation steps should be accomplished. See the Readme.txt file in the C++ Builder folder.

For the C++ examples the names of the source files are the same. However, the contents of the files are slightly different. This mainly has to do with the need of different libraries to handle string variables that depends on the different programming environments and a couple of other minor differences. Nevertheless, methods have been added in each example, so that FluidProp can be used in the same way.