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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.

As Global Sales Manager, Reinaldo manages the international Channel Partner network for Applied Flow Technology and teaches seminars at these locations throughout the year. He was an AFT Channel Partner himself for many years in Venezuela, and he also served as the Latin American sales manager for Bentley Systems. Reinaldo holds a BSME (1982)...

As Global Sales Manager, Reinaldo manages the international Channel Partner network for Applied Flow Technology and teaches seminars at these locations throughout the year. He was an AFT Channel Partner himself for many years in Venezuela, and he also served as the Latin American sales manager for Bentley Systems. Reinaldo holds a BSME (1982) from Instituto Universitario Politecnico de las Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales, a master's degree in Mechanical Systems Design (1984) from Simon Bolivar Universty, and an MBA (1997) from Simon Bolivar University. 

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Q&A: Calculating Transient Forces for Pipe Stress Analysis

In June 2020, AFT's Reinaldo Pinto presented the webinar Calculating Transient Forces for Pipe Stress Analysis. The webinar focused on generating unbalanced forces due to surge in AFT Impulse and exporting them to CAESAR-II. During the webinar, 28 questions were asked. Below are the responses.  Download the presentation: www.aft.com/...

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Determine Your Pumps BEP and Know API-610's Recommendations

What is BEP & why is it important? Every pump has an ideal range of operation where the pump is most efficient. The peak of the efficiency curve is known as the best efficiency point (BEP). Determining how far your pump is operating from its BEP is critical to increasing pump reliability and efficiency as well as meeting API 610 recommendations. AFT Fathom models pump curves with efficiency data and will determine the margin between the simulated operation of the pump and the actual best efficiency point. Our friends at Empowering Pumps shared an article titled, "Some Effects of Operating Pumps Away from Best Efficiency Point" which...

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Workshop Visit to Beijing, China

It was an honor to visit our friends in Beijing, China to provide our Channel Partner, AECsoft Engineering Software (AECSOFT), two days of complimentary workshops. During these workshops, attendees had a hands-on experience with AFT Software as well the opportunity to discuss relevant hydraulic topics. Each attendee also received a 15-day free trial license to review topics discussed in the workshop. The first workshop, held August 21-22, hosted 65 attendees from twenty-nine companies. The workshop focused heavily on technical orientation to the AFT software.         The second workshop, held August 24-25, was dedicated exclusively to the biggest state...

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How AFT Impulse Can Help Engineers Comply With ASME Codes

Summary Engineers are often responsible to design systems to comply with codes and standards. In recent years codes that apply to waterhammer and surge pressures have become more prominent. Increasingly AFT Impulse is being used to help engineers comply with such codes. Once AFT Impulse has calculated the maximum pressure due to a transient event, what shall the designer do with this value? The answer to this question depends on the code that is being used as the piping design basis. In this article, we’ll be discussing how two important piping design codes - B31.4 and B31.3 - deal with surge...

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