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Lisa Converse

Workshop Materials & Live Stream

Welcome to the AFT Software Workshop! If you are following along on our Facebook live stream , please find the materials for each topic below. The live stream videos will be posted here shortly after the sessions have concluded. Conflict Resolution: Pump & System Interactions (12:45-2:15 p.m. MDT) Workshop materials Suppress Your Surges: Surge Suppression Fundamentals (12:45-2:15 p.m. MDT) Workshop materials Video coming soon! Size Matters: Picking the Right Size of Piping System Components (2:30-4:00 p.m. MDT) Workshop materials Video coming soon!
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Jake Miller

NPSH got you under pressure? This’ll get you pumped!

Cavitation is an important subject in piping systems. Quite often, cavitation is an operating condition that is to be avoided, such is the case with pumps. Not only can cavitation cause serious decreases in pump performance, but it is also a maintenance nightmare if left unaddressed. Such issues are costly and may lead a system to be deemed unsafe. As you are likely aware, cavitation exists when the local pressure falls below the vapor pressure of operating fluid. Overtime the pressure may increase again so that the cavity formed then collapses. When this collapse occurs on the vanes of a...
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Jake Miller

Blast off with a revolutionary feature, Rotational Acceleration!

The success of rotating hydraulic systems could revolve around the methods employed, make sure to use only the best when modeling such a system. As the surge of space travel innovation continues, safety always comes to mind.  All too often the hazards of traveling through the colloquial final frontier prove the necessity of double checking calculations and the validity of the adage, units kill.  With the large number of piping networks that can rotate around an axis in the absence of the earth’s typical gravitational pull rotating objects involved in space flight, these systems are no exception to the hard-learned...
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Jake Miller

Swing Check Valves: As Easy as Pie

What is a Pi-day without a Tips and Tricks blog? That's the $64,000 question today as you are undoubtedly preparing yourself three slices and a sliver of the delicious delicacy. Well the answer is, it's just not as great of a celebration as it could be; so today we are bringing you the scoop on modeling swing check vavles in AFT Impulse ! Last month I published a blog about hydraulic ram pumps and how they work along with tips to model them in Impulse. If you haven’t read that yet, go check it out here. In the blog, I...
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Trey Walters

2000 Years of Roman Pipe Technology and 100 Years of American Pump Technology

This past week I and Jeff Olsen, AFT’s V.P. of Technology, attended the annual conference of the Hydraulic Institute . The Hydraulic Institute (HI) was founded in 1917 and is America’s premiere pump organization. At this year’s meeting HI held a centennial celebration . For a technology organization like HI, 100 years is quite a feat and was rightly celebrated at the annual meeting this year. Many of you are familiar with HI through the standards HI creates. These standards show up in AFT Fathom in several places: Intake design  (pump submergence to avoid vortex formation) Pump viscosity corrections Slurry...
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Jake Miller

Making a Difference, No Power Needed

The annual letter from Bill and Melinda Gates to Warren Buffett was released just two days before I wrote this. In 2006, Warren Buffett made what will surely be the largest philanthropic donation by a single person in the foreseeable future. This helped to cause the resources available to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explode overnight. So in commemoration and in gratitude they write an annual letter addressed to Warren. In their most recent annual letter , the foundation celebrates helping over 122 million children survive in the past 25 years due to their amazing efforts with the...
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Reinaldo Pinto

AFT Hosts Workshop in Bogota, Colombia

This month we teamed up with our channel partner in Colombia, XSYSTEM , to host an AFT software workshop in the country's beautiful capital, Bogota. Attendees from seven different companies gathered for three days of intensive work to discuss topics such as sonic choking, surge forces, pump sizing, B31 code compliance, and more.  Workshops are a free and effective way for customers and prospects to get a hands-on experience with AFT software products and engage in technical discussion. We have more workshops in the queue for 2017--from Houston to India--with our next one in the Denver Tech Center on Thursday,...
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