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Aerospace Industry

AFT in the Aerospace Industry

In the New Space Race, maintaining a leading edge over the competition requires quality, confidence, and consistent performance. Luckily, AFT software helps you ensure your system will perform reliably under any sort of scenario. It's not rocket science to see how AFT software makes your mission a success.

AFT In Action

Deluge System

AFT Impulse Simplifies Design of Complicated
Water Deluge System

Company: Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc.

Problem: Water deluge system design for ISS rocket launch. Water system would aid in sound suppression and launch pad cooling.

Product Used: AFT Impulse modeled the hypothetical system design to determine flow rates and valve opening times. The Scenario Manager feature allowed for “what if” scenarios. The transient force data was exported to CAESAR II for pipe stress analysis.

Solution: Reynold, Smith & Hills, Inc. designed a water deluge system to suppress sound at a fictitous rocket launch facility, sizing pipes and exporting forces for stress analysis. They determined the system could meet flow design requirements with proper pipe sizing, nozzle sizing, and valve opening times. 

Deluge System

AFT Impulse Allows Space Launch System Expansion
with Minimal Environmental Impact

Company: Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc.

Problem: A space launch water system must accommodate a new, larger vehicle, requiring additional flow. Accommodations had to minimize new infrastructure and environmental impact.

Product Used: AFT Impulse modeled the transient requirements for a post-launch deluge system primarily used to break up damaging acoustic waves, provide cooling, and cryogenic abatement.

Solution: Reynold, Smith & Hills, Inc. expanded a launch pad deluge system to meet a significantly increased flowrate demand with minimal environmental impact. A new 200-psi (1380 kPa) pressurized tank sufficiently supplied a flow capacity increase of more than 600%.


"Test Drive" operating conditions and scenarios to determine sizes, pressures, temperatures, etc... to fix or upgrade systems


Accurately simulate component-system interactions prior to constuction to ensure cost-effective and efficient designs


Avoid redundant model building by importing GIS, PCF, EPANET, or CAESAR II Neutral files


Automate data transfer with the Excel Export Manager, organizing your model's results exactly how you want them

Engineers of all levels and background use AFT pipe flow analysis software to model and analyze their piping and ducting systems. Here are the top 5 ways AFT can help you:

1. Size pipes, rotating/reciprocating equipment and valves

We help specifying engineers properly size pipes, pumps, fans, compressors, control valves and relief valves. Read More...

2. Save energy and improve equipment reliability

We help consulting, facility and pipeline engineers evaluate options in fluid systems to reduce energy and improve reliability of pumps, fans, compressors and components. Read More...

3. Solve operational problems

We help facility and pipeline engineers identify the root cause of operational problems in fluid systems. Read More...

4. Mitigate waterhammer

We help engineers improve safety by predicting waterhammer/surge transient pressures, evaluating potential operational changes to mitigate waterhammer, and enabling engineers to size and locate surge suppression devices. Read More...

5. Mitigate pulsation issues

We help engineers predict acoustic natural frequencies and determine undesirable positive displacement pump speeds which excite those frequencies. Read More...

Determine the Optimal System

Pump performance, BEP, fluid transients, force calculations,  
detect sonic choking, and so much more...
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Quickly Build Models You Need

Excel integration, automatically size systems, model importing ... and 17
other features that help engineers efficiently analyze their system.
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Reports & Presentations

Report-ready graphics, animations, and confirming code compliance are just a few reasons to invest in quality flow analysis software.
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