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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.
Trey Walters

Did you know that New Jersey is a barrier in Spain?

It is true. New Jersey is a barrier in Spain. I saw it with my own eyes. Bear with me and I will explain.

When I travel internationally I find the people, cultural and language differences fascinating. Last month I was fascinated once again. My blog last month was written while on an airplane as I travelled to Europe (see my July blog When Pipe Stress Analysis Meets Waterhammer Hydraulics: New Waterhammer Guidelines for Engineers). Before going to the ASME PVP conference in Prague (check out this video one of our staff made) I stopped in Spain for 4 days. While there I was fortunate to visit the location of an AFT Impulse project by one of our customers that was a Platinum Pipe Award Winner this year. This case study was published in April. See AFT Impulse™ Matches Data For Pumping Station Check Valve Closure. That pump station photo in the case study is where I visited. Below is a photo of me and the PPA winner David Lozano Solé of AQUATEC – SUEZ Group. For those interested, this project is being presented as a technical paper by David at the 2018 Pressure Surges Conference in Bordeax, France in November. I will be there to help and also present two other papers of my own. So where does New Jersey come into this?

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Nicholas Matthews
I grew up in Nebraska, far from the influences of Spain and from as far back as I can remember, we called those blocks "Jersey Bar... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:17
Trey Walters
Wow, I have lived in California, Ohio and now Colorado and this is news to me! I am sure Pedro will be happy to here this!
Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:36
Guest — Javier Garrido
The aunt of my father introduced the "new jersey" protections for the roads in spain! At that moment he was the President of high... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2018 19:27
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Trey Walters

When Pipe Stress Analysis Meets Waterhammer Hydraulics: New Waterhammer Guidelines for Engineers

I am sitting on an airplane at this moment somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean and I am excited. Something that has been in the works for 22 years will happen next Monday, July 16 in Prague, Czech Republic. That is where the ASME PVP 2018 Conference will happen and I get to make a presentation.

Last year I helped AECOM, an AFT customer and AFT Impulse user, develop a set of pragmatic internal design documents for their project on handling radioactive fluid transport. Two of these documents provided their engineers guidance on interpreting and applying transient cavitation predictions. 

We proposed these two documents to the ASME PVP Division and they liked them enough to allow us to publish two new papers at their conference. I will be presenting these papers on behalf of AECOM and AFT.

But why I am so excited about this?
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Guest — Colin D.
Is there anyway to get the complete papers? All I'm seeing are the Abstracts. Regards, Colin, DuPont Engineering... Read More
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 14:25
Trey Walters
Yes, the link in the blog now points to the full papers here: http://www.aft.com/technical-papers... Read More
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 14:47
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Stephanie Villars

Get More Flexible With Your Fluids

Here at AFT we are always looking for more ways to bring more convenience and accuracy to our model files. One of the ways we are doing this is with NIST REFPROP, the new fluids database that we have incorporated into AFT Fathom 10 and is coming soon in AFT Arrow 7 and AFT Impulse 7. Unlike Chempak, REFPROP is included at no additional cost to users. In this blog I will highlight a few reasons why you may want to take advantage of this database.

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Can we use AFT Impulse for Surge Analysis of Sludge Pipeline?
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 05:16
Stephanie Villars
Thanks for your question! Yes, you can model non-newtonian fluids such as sludge in AFT Impulse using one of the non-newtonian vis... Read More
Friday, 22 March 2019 17:43
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Applied Flow Technology

Iso love the new Pipe Drawing Mode!

Have you ever wanted to show the three-dimensional nature of your piping system in AFT applications? Maybe you are building a model from an isometric reference drawing. Or maybe you are incorporating your model into a report and want to represent the x, y, AND z axes.

Whatever the reason may be, the great news is that AFT Fathom 10 includes a new Isometric Pipe Drawing Mode!

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Trey Walters

How a Russian Hydraulics Handbook Gained the Respect of the American Nuclear Industry

We are all shaped by our experiences as engineers. Our early experiences as young engineers are especially influential. 

I first worked in the aerospace industry for five years and then the nuclear industry for two years. At each of these companies we relied heavily on a handbook written originally in Russian by a Russian engineer. I am talking about the Handbook of Hydraulic Resistance by I.E. Idelchik. This book is my "go to" book on any unusual pipe system configuration hydraulic calculations and, especially, with calculations at tees and wyes.

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Guest — Randal Ferman, PE, Principal, Ekwestrel Engineering Consulting
Nice article! If I may contribute to this...my first exposure to Idelchik's Handbook of Hydraulic Resistance was perhaps the early... Read More
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:58
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Trey Walters

What is Pogo and Why On Earth Would Anyone Want To Suppress It?

The time was almost 30 years ago and it is fair to say I was not quite out of the "still wet behind the ears" stage for an engineer. I had been working in industry for about three years and I was just given a project that would change my career direction and, in fact, my life. The project? I was assigned to evaluate a new concept Pogo suppressor on a cryogenic rocket engine liquid oxygen (LOX) feedline. 

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Trey Walters

Shhhh! Suppressing Sound Waves From Rocket and Space Shuttle Engines

In case you have not noticed, rockets can be really loud. Sound suppression on vertically launched rockets (and the Space Shuttle, back when it was flying) is more important than most of you would think. And for a different reason than most of you would guess.

Every so often I get to talk about my first job which was in the aerospace industry where I first learned about sound suppression systems. Today AFT software is used on several of these systems by our customers in the aerospace industry as well as NASA. 

The flowrate of water used in the sound suppression process is enormous. Which is why they are often called "deluge systems".

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