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Erin Onat

That was EASY! Quickly Change Pipe and Junction Input Data into AFT models using Excel Change Data

Users and potential users of AFT software frequently ask how they can expedite the model input process so that they can get the results they need as rapidly as they need. I’m pleased to report that AFT software has an abundance of features that make the model input process tremendously efficient: global pipe and junction editing, copying input data from other pipes and junctions, and finally, importing data using the Excel Change Data parameters spreadsheet (which is what we are discussing in this blog). The Excel Change Data feature works by importing data from an Excel spreadsheet populated according to a...
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Judy Hodgson
Nice! Thanks for the links to the files -- made the post 100% more useful.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:49
Erin Onat
Hi Judy! Thanks for the comment. I'm very glad that made the post helpful.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:02
RACHIT JAIN
That's Very well explained. I'm expecting something over "GIS Shapefile Import".
Friday, 24 March 2017 07:43
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Jeff Olsen

The World in Motion - Understanding Results Through Animated Graphs

Previously, we talked abo ut the Graph Guide and how to create Stacked Graphs and Dual-Y graphs. With AFT Impulse and with AFT Fathom’s XTS module, a great way to see how parameters ch ange over time is through animated graphs. For the purpose of continuity, I am going to again start with the AFT Impulse model, ‘Pump Startup With Event Transient.imp’, which is installed in the Examples folder, and use the ‘One Pump Start With One Running’ scenario. In the previous blogs, we used a Stacked Graph and a Dual-Y Axis Graph to examine the pressures and flows at two...
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Erin Onat

Getting your Pressures Right: How to Account for Changing Ambient Pressure with Elevation

Scuba divers and casual swimmers alike are all too familiar with the discomfort (and sometimes outright pain) experienced in their ears as they descend deeper into the water. This discomfort is experienced for good reason: for each 33 feet you descend into the water, you experience considerably more pressure (about 1 whole atmosphere) due to the hydrostatic pressure of the water. As the pressure of the surrounding water increases, the air trapped in the middle ear remains at atmospheric pressure, but the pressure in the outer ear is significantly higher, which puts significant force on the eardrum. Anyone who has ever...
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Ben Keiser

Putting Out Fires with AFT Fathom's NFPA Calcs & GSC

If you are performing a hydraulic analysis on your fire system, chances are high that you are working hard and maybe scratching your head in order to adhere to the NFPA codes .  The good news is that you can streamline the calculations outlined in the codes with AFT Fathom ! NFPA 15 is the standard for fixed water spray systems that are used in fire protection.  AFT Fathom has been able to perform all the standard hydraulic calculations for a fire protection analysis for a long time, including the usage of Hazen-Williams factors.  But now with AFT Fathom 9, you...
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Ben Keiser
Hi Pavlo, the best thing for you to do is to update to the latest release of AFT Fathom 9 which can be downloaded here, http://www... Read More
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:22
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Erin Onat

A Clever Way to Mitigate Waterhammer During a Valve Closure

One of the most common causes of waterhammer in pipelines is a valve closure. As the valve closes, the flowing liquid is forced to stop, resulting in a transfer of kinetic energy to potential energy, which ultimately causes a pressure increase. If this increase in pressure is large enough, extremely severe damage can result in the pipeline. Engineers frequently mitigate this waterhammer by selecting a valve that closes slowly enough to prevent the pressures from getting too high. However, a valve that closes too slowly can cause problems elsewhere in the pipeline or result in other undesirable outcomes in the process....
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Ben Keiser

Using Equivalent Lengths in AFT Fathom

One of the new features in AFT Fathom 9 was the ability to model equivalent lengths instead of K factors for various types of fittings. Since AFT Fathom's existence, the standard K factor loss models have been used to quantify the pressure losses across a fitting such as an elbow, a valve, etc.  One of the reasons why the K factor method is very useful is because it is broad and applicable to a wide range of different fittings.  However, the equivalent length method is also a way that engineers will typically quantify the losses through their fittings and they will...
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Ben Keiser

Overcoming New Heights - System Priming Before Siphon Effect Can Help

The process of sizing a pump for the application of priming a piping system as well as for normal operation is slightly more involved than if the system was already primed and the pump was to be sized for a liquid full system.  For a system priming application, the intermediate elevations at high points in a piping system are relevant in regard to the pump that is used.  If a pump is not able to generate enough head in order to overcome the high intermediate elevation points in a system, then the pump will provide no benefit to the system, even...
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Geoff Stone
Such a system is most likely to experience column separation on pump trip. Therefore it may be necessary to install restriction or... Read More
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:07
Ben Keiser
Those are some great points Geoff and I absolutely agree that it would behoove the engineer to perform a proper waterhammer analys... Read More
Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:25
Ben Keiser
Hi Jose, Thank you for reading the blog and yes, you are correct in that if the static pressure drops below vapor pressure, then ... Read More
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 22:22
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