Case Studies

Title Product Industry Application
Dust Collection Systems Rebalanced After Manufacturing Facility Data Matches AFT Arrow Models General Manufacturing Dust Collection

2014 - Jeremiah Osborn, maintenance engineer at TruStile Doors, used AFT Arrow to model three systems used for dust collection. Essential for avoiding explosions and preventing long term eye and respiratory disease, Osborn used AFT Arrow to accurately balance the airflow in the dust collection systems. He submitted the project to AFT’s Platinum Pipe Award (PPA) contest and received the 2014 award for the Correlation to Test/Field Data category.

AFT Fathom Results Agree With Power Plant Field Data - Temperature Control Problem Resolved Power Generation Cooling Water

2013 - Stephen Williams, consulting engineer at Ameren Missouri, used AFT Fathom to model a circulating water system at the Sioux Power Plant, a supercritical coal-fired power plant located near St. Louis. AFT Fathom allowed the engineer to model multiple valve selections and configurations to determine what control scheme would provide best temperature control over the range of flows and resultant pressure drops.

AFT Impulse Allows Space Launch System Expansion with Minimal Environmental Impact Aerospace Rocket Launch Facility

2013 - William Allred, EI, and Joseph Deitz, PE, were asked to modify a real Space Launch Complex Launch Water System to accommodate a large launch vehicle that has two addition liquid cores. They used AFT Impulse to model both the existing and modified systems. Allred and Deitz submitted the project to AFT’s Platinum Pipe Award (PPA) Contest and received the 2013 award for the Operational Benefits and Sustainability category.

Campus Steam System Redesign Moves Forward After Data Matches AFT Arrow Model Campus & Educational Facility Distribution HVAC

2013 - Michael Martino, project engineer at Schuyler Engineering, used AFT Arrow to confirm a previous study recommending that existing medium-pressure steam supply could be converted to a low-pressure system for space heating, domestic hot water, kitchen steam kettles, humidification and sanitizing for the Rockland Psychiatric Center. He submitted the project to AFT’s Platinum Pipe Award (PPA) contest and received the 2013 award for the Correlation to Test/Field Data category.

Crude Oil Booster Pump System Waterhammer Field Problem Solved with AFT Impulse Oil & Gas Pipeline

2013 - Beta Machinery Analysis was asked to investigate a waterhammer and valve slamming problem after pump shutdown in a Canadian crude oil booster pump station that sends product from tanks to a transportation pipeline. Jordan Grose, pump systems manager, modeled the system with AFT Impulse and gathered field measurements for model calibration. He submitted the project to AFT’s Platinum Pipe Award Contest and received the 2013 award for the Software Features and Model Creativity category.

Mine Dewatering System Design Validated Using AFT Fathom Mining & Metals Dewatering

2012 - Geoffrey Stone, principal at Blenray Pty Ltd, used AFT Fathom to model a proposed modification to a mine dewatering system in Indonesia. The model allowed the implementation of a cost-effective solution using materials and equipment that the operators were familiar with. Stone submitted the project to AFT’s Platinum Pipe Award (PPA) Contest and received the 2012 award for the Software Features and Model Creativity category.

AFT Fathom Provides Accuracy and Confidence at Ameren Missouri Power Generation Hot Water

2012 - Jeff Shelton, performance engineer at Ameren Missouri, used AFT Fathom to model the gravity drain systems from the lowest pressure heaters at two coal-fired power plants, Rush Island and Labadie. AFT Fathom allowed Shelton to identify a previously unknown design flaw with the original drain line configuration.

District Heating System Modernized Using AFT Fathom Commercial Building District Heating & Cooling

2012 - Energoprojekt Katowice was responsible for basic engineering in a project of modernizing a district heating system in Poland. Adam Klepacki, engineer at Energoprojekt, used AFT Fathom to model the heating water system for many heat loading and unloading cases in the wintertime and summertime. Klepacki submitted the project to AFT’s Platinum Pipe Award (PPA) Contest and received the 2012 award for the Use of Software Features category.

Nuclear Power Station Service Water Pump NPSH Hydraulic Model Using AFT Fathom Nuclear Cooling Water

2011 - Duke Energy used AFT Fathom to model the pump suction piping in a Nuclear Service water system and analyze its corrosion. Duke Energy was able to benchmark corroded pipe performance, and accurately model the potential pressure recovery after cleaning the pipes.

Hydraulic Analysis: Dry Fire Line Piping Network for Twin Tunnel Subway Design Project Using AFT Fathom General Facility Fire Protection

2011 - Hatch Mott MacDonald used AFT Fathom to model a Dry Fire Line piping system for the design of a subway expansions and a new Light Rail Transit system. AFT Fathom allowed the company to study the pressure drop in the system by regulating the input pressure at grade and output pressure at the farthest set of fire valves in the tunnels.

High Accuracy Modeling of Copper Mine Pipeline System Using AFT Fathom Mining & Metals Leaching

2008 - Arturo Saenz, mechanical design engineer at Southern Peru Copper’s Central Project Office, used AFT Fathom to evaluate alternate system configurations and improve pumping efficiency at the Toquepala copper mine in Peru. Saenz submitted the project to AFT’s Platinum Pipe Award (PPA) Contest and received the 2008 award for the Correlation to Test/Field Data category.

Flue Gas Desulfurization System Expansion Design Optimized with AFT Arrow Power Generation Desulfurization

2008 - Energoprojekt Katowice was charged with designing the expansion of the flue gas desulfurization systems at a coal-fired power plant in Poland. Adam Klepacki, engineer at Energoprojekt, used an AFT Arrow fluid database to model the unique properties of the flue gas and the Arrow GSC Module to simulate the induced draft fan speed control to maintain a controlled furnace exit pressure.

Cooling System Surge Analysis with AFT Impulse Liquefied Natural Gas Cooling Water

2005 - Chicago Bridge & Iron’s Process Engineering Division was tasked with developing the design for a gasification system serving an LNG off-loading terminal. Doug DeGraaf, senior engineer, used AFT Impulse to create a true model of the system and determine discrepancies in predicted and measured parameters.

Water Reclamation System Modeling with AFT Fathom Water & Wastewater Water Distribution

2005 - Sreenivas Garikipati, principal engineer at CH2M Hill’s New Delhi office, used AFT Fathom to model a water reclamation system for Singapore’s Public Utilities Board.

AFT Fathom Instrumental in District Cooling System Planning, Development & Operation Commercial Building District Heating & Cooling

2004 - NRG Thermal Corporation used AFT Fathom to model their District Cooling System serving downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the years of using the AFT Fathom model, a new plant, eight chillers and several customers have been added to the system.

Campus Chill Water System Improved Through Hydraulic Modeling with AFT Fathom Campus & Educational Facility Distribution HVAC

2004 - TME Energy Services Division developed an AFT Fathom model of an existing, energy-intensive district cooling system serving the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. They were able to achieve annual energy savings of 1.9 million KWHr, $67,000 in pumping power, and $1.2 million in annual chiller electrical and gas energy savings.

AFT Arrow Powers Gas Turbine Analysis at Fern Power Generation Gas Turbine

1999 - Fern Engineering, Inc. was contracted by a major refinery to reduce the exhaust gas temperature variations of their gas turbine fleet. They purchased AFT Arrow specifically for this assignment, using it as a benchmark for sonic choking predictions against test data.

AFT Fathom Provides Critical Accuracy at Dupont Chemical & Petrochemical Absorber System

1999 - Judy Hodgson, pump consultant at DuPont, used AFT Fathom to solve a circulating pump failure at DuPont’s Experimental Station. With no historical data available to indicate where the pump was operating, Judy modeled the caustic circulation system’s sump, circulating pump, heat exchanger, spray nozzles and interconnecting piping. AFT Fathom was later standardized at DuPont.

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