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AFT Product Tips

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.
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Calculating Properties for a Range of Values

To calculate properties over a range of values, select the Range tab on the main SteamCalc window. This tab allows you to enter a fixed point for the first property, and a range of values for the second property. The calculated values are displayed in the output grid based on an incremental range value that you specify. The values for a range calculation can be plotted graphically by selecting the Options | Create Graph menu item.
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Calculating Properties at Two Points

To calculate the properties of two points simultaneously, select the Two Points tab on the main SteamCalc window. This tab allows you to enter the property data for two points. The results for both points will be displayed simultaneously. In addition, the difference between the values calculated at each point is displayed in the output.
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Changing the Property Database

The property database used to calculate the water and steam properties in SteamCalc can be changed by selecting the appropriate database from the Options | Select Property Database menu item. The database currently being used is displayed at the bottom of the main SteamCalc window.
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Preferred Solution Method to Use for Optimization

Whenever possible, use the Lumped Adiabatic solution method when performing optimization because it is much faster. Final optimization runs can be performed with the default marching method.
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Morphing Junctions

If you hold down the CTRL key while you drag a junction onto the Workspace and drop onto an existing Workspace junction, the old junction will 'morph' (change) into the new one. Pipes will be connected to the new junction and related data will be copied into the new junction.
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Selecting English or SI Units

To choose only English or SI units for all parameters, select Parameter and Unit Preferences from the Options menu, then select the Unit Preferences tab, choose the Default Unit System and click the Apply Default Units button. This will use will the default units and change the preferred units.
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Limit Pipe & Junction Label Movement

You can specify that pipe or junction labels can only be moved on the Workspace when the Shift key is pressed. Sometimes the labels get in the way of selecting the pipes of junctions themselves and are moved accidentally. You can change this to use the Shift key in the Allowable Workspace label movements are in Workspace Preference (on the Options menu).
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