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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.
Ben Keiser

Problems With Heat Exchanger Specified Heat Rate In Constants?

Using “Specified Heat Rate In Constants” for the thermal model of heat exchangers can often cause problems in system models.  The reason why is because this thermal model type causes the heat exchanger to act like an “assigned heat input” junction as does an assigned flow junction does for providing constant flow rates.  Another problem is that this thermal model can cause unrealistic temperature changes across a heat exchanger.  When the heat rate is specified and the mass flow rate and heat capacity are calculated based on the system solution, the temperature change will be whatever is required to maintain the...
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Guest — Increasing Heat Exchanger Accuracy for Large Temperature Differences and Non-Linear Heat Capacity | Applied Flow Technology Blog
[...] use for each heat exchanger (see the following link for a discussion on this type of thermal model http://www.aft.com/suppor... Read More
Friday, 31 August 2012 20:13
Applied Flow Technology
Very useful tip. Thank you. In many heat-exchangers, the relationship between heat-transfer & flow-rate would have a curve with c... Read More
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:37
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Trey Walters

My 50th Anniversary Visit to the Site of John Glenn’s First American Flight Into Space

Many of you probably saw in the news that today, Monday, February 20th, is the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s flight into space. The flight was aboard a Mercury-Atlas rocket dubbed Friendship 7. This historic event was a significant step on the way to the Apollo missions to the moon.

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Guest — The Future of Engineering – Part 2 | Applied Flow Technology Blog
[...] I was teaching a training class a few months ago at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and had the good fortune to get a guided... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2012 19:35
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Trey Walters

Why I Like Bill Gates More Than Steve Jobs

I have an iPod - to which I am very attached. I hike frequently in the Colorado Mountains near where I live and I can’t do it without my iPod. I can’t work out at the gym without my iPod. I can’t drive my car without my iPod.

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Guest — Khristiam Alvarez
Nice point of view. Question: Was the "mentality" about software openness changed by the same Jobs when he returned to Apple in 19... Read More
Thursday, 02 February 2012 21:16
Guest — Trey Walters
When I started using the iPod and iTunes I was always suspicious of Apple. i think with all the iPhone and ipad app developers out... Read More
Sunday, 19 February 2012 15:41
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Integrating Component and Fitting Losses into a Single Pipe on the Workspace

Many components, such as isolation valves, elbows, and adjacent area changes, do not need to be modeled graphically when a simple k factor will suffice. In these cases, the AFT Fathom user can simplify and avoid unnecessary workspace clutter by integrating this data into a single pipe specification, using the Fittings & Losses tab. Fathom has a built library of component loss data provided by Miller, Crane, and Idelchik. The Fathom user can quickly and easily pick from a database of components, enter the quantity, and click OK. It is important to note, however, that Fathom uses the size of the...
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Guest — Gerardo Pantoja
Deseo tener acceso para probar el programa
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 13:24
Applied Flow Technology
Gerardo, thank you for your interest in our software. Free demo downloads are available by simply going to https://www.aft.com/dow... Read More
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 01:09
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Backup Files

All AFT Products automatically generate backup files each time you save your model. Backup files will be saved to the same location you have saved your model file to. They will have the exact file name as your model, but rather than having the extension *.fth, *.aro, *.imp, etc., they will have the extension *.001, *.002, *.003, etc. Every time you click save while working in your model, a new backup file will be created. If the maximum number of backup files already exists, the new backup file will overwrite the oldest backup file. The maximum number of backup files created...
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Trey Walters

It’s the Economy, Stupid. Or Is It?

A few months ago I attended a CEO forum in Colorado where a big topic on the minds of the 1000 CEOs in attendance was the state and direction of the US and global economy. The keynote speaker Brian Beaulieu began his presentation with this assessment of the economy from TIME magazine:

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Ben Keiser

The Quickest Way to Learn AFT Products

After you receive your AFT software, you will probably wonder how to learn the software quickly so you can begin using it.  AFT provides a very handy Quick Start Guide for each software product in English Units and SI Units.  These quick start guides are short, concise, would take maybe a day of your time, and are extremely powerful to assist you in producing highly accurate and advanced models! With larger companies, sometimes the AFT software will go straight to the IT department for installation and the engineer may never see the hard copy of the quick start guides.  Not to...
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Guest — Max
Ben,good evening! How can i contact you in order to clarify some results about quick start example and my hand made example? I wo... Read More
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:31
Ben Keiser
Hi Max, No problem! You can email your model file to us at support@aft.com. Also, we have included several (about 76) different... Read More
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 19:37
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