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AFT Blog

Welcome to the Applied Flow Technology Blog where you will find the latest news and training on how to use AFT Fathom, AFT Arrow, AFT Impulse, AFT xStream and other AFT software products.

Space Debris, Forever Chemicals and Zombie Movies - the Quest for Sustainability

I love post-apocalyptic movies. My first introduction to the genre may have been the original Planet of the Apes I watched with my father as a young child. Today I will admit to really enjoying The Walking Dead. Most of these shows assert a disaster happened that was often man-made. While Hollywood scares us in an entertaining fashio...

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It's a Pump! It's a Turbine! It's a Pump as Turbine!

Pumps and turbines may serve opposite purposes, but fundamentally, they operate under the same principles. Both pieces of equipment convert between usable work and fluid energy, and both often use an impeller to make the conversion. Differences between the two pieces of equipment quickly start to appear as they are examined with more detail. A pump...

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Looking Behind High Gasoline/Petrol Prices – Trends in Oil Refining

The price of gasoline is at a record high. What is going on? How long will it last? Unlike in recent years, today there are some easily identifiable world events and trends causing this. And refining is a big one. That is the main reason that refining company Valero Energy has the second-best growth among S&P 500 stocks in 2022 (as of May ...

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Get in Control with Control Valves

Having some trouble getting your modelling under control? This blog will discuss some tips on how to properly use a control valve in AFT Fathom and how to interpret some common control valve warnings. For simplicity this blog will primarily discuss control valves in the context of AFT Fathom. However, the concepts discussed in this blog also apply ...

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Russia, War and Big Changes for Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)

Wow, have things changed a lot in the last two months! Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukraine in February has literally changed the world. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ukrainian people who are experiencing unimaginable suffering. Tens of thousands of people have died and many more have had their lives upended. Now two months later Sweden and...

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What Does the Ukrainian Fluid Flow Term “Hydro Udar” Mean?

In 2018 I attended an ASME conference where I met Igor and his son Andrii. They were the first and only Ukranians I have ever met. Both were very likeable and smart. When Russia attacked Ukraine last month I thought of them and their safety. At a conference dinner one night I was sitting next to Igor and asked him a question I often do when I meet ...

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Know Your Surge Codes and Use AFT Impulse: ASME B31.4

 Unnecessary Background Codes and standards are not sexy topics, nor are they liked by the rebellious at heart. Whether you love or hate them they are a part of the world and aim to make it a safer place. One of the largest organizations to compose standards is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). They have been around sin...

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