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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.

Using Animated Graphs in AFT Impulse

As will all AFT flow modeling software, AFT Impulse includes comprehensive graphing capabilities. Most users are familiar with the traditional time and profile graphs, the first graphing a selected parameter vs. time and the second vs. distance (along a selected flow path). Animated graph output provides a means to view both at the same time. To generate animated graphs all of the stations of the pipes in the flow path to be graphed must be saved. By default AFT Impulse saves the pipe inlet and outlet data to the output file. To change this go to Analysis / Transient Control. Increasing...

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Setting the Workspace Size

All of AFT's piping system modeling software allows the user to set the Workspace size from the View menu. The Workspace Size window graphically displays the size of the Workspace as blocks. When a new model file is created the size is initially set to 1 x 1. If you're model is bigger than this, you'll need a bigger Workspace size. Before changing the Workspace size it's worthwhile to remember how it relates to the model size. An analogy is a building and plot size, where the building is analogous to the model and plot size analogous to the Workspace size....

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Viewing the Output on the Workspace

You probably already know that you can quickly view a summary of the input data for any object in your model with the Inspection Window. Simply place the cursor over a pipe or junction and 'right click' your mouse ('left click' for you lefties). Think how handy it would be if you could also see a summary of output information on the Workspace. You can and it's as easily done as viewing the Inspection Window by holding the 'ctl' key down as you right click. P.S. - In case you didn't already know, holding the 'shift' key down while right clicking...

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Is This Valve Choked?

Under sub-sonic gas flow conditions, loss models can use the familiar K, Cv or resistance curve methods. At choked flow, however, the dynamics of compressible flow require a different method to characterize the loss, which AFT Arrow users will see as the optional 'CdA' input value on the valve and other junctions specifications window. The product of coefficient of discharge and effective flow area under choked conditions, AFT Arrow can directly calculate the CdA for some cases, such as at the discharge from a pipe. For other components, such as valves, determining these values is most commonly done through flow testing....

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Preferred Fluid Database for Optimization

Whenever possible, use AFT Standard fluids when performing optimization because they are much faster. Final optimization runs can be performed with more detailed fluid models such ASME Steam or Chempak.

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Displaying the Fluid Name in Chempak Excel Add-in

If you are using multiple fluids in the same Excel Add-In worksheet, you display which fluid or fluid alias is used in an Excel cell by using the "Fluid" or "FluidAlias" function.

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Adjusting Ambient Pressure

We're not talking about literally adjusting atmospheric pressure here, rather, the ambient reference pressure used in AFT software. The default value is 1 standard atmosphere, but can be changed as desired. Open System Properties either from the Analysis menu or by double clicking the System Properties check box in the status bar, and select the System Data tab. Enter the desired value in the 'Atmospheric Pressure' field and select the appropriate pressure unit in the adjacent unit drop down box. Gauge pressures, NPSHA and cavitation calculations will reflect this specified atmospheric pressure. Note that this does not change the value of...

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