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Ben Keiser

Problems With Heat Exchanger Specified Heat Rate In Constants?

Using “Specified Heat Rate In Constants” for the thermal model of heat exchangers can often cause problems in system models.  The reason why is because this thermal model type causes the heat exchanger to act like an “assigned heat input” junction as does an assigned flow junction does for providing constant flow rates.  Another problem is that this thermal model can cause unrealistic temperature changes across a heat exchanger.  When the heat rate is specified and the mass flow rate and heat capacity are calculated based on the system solution, the temperature change will be whatever is required to maintain the...
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Des Aubery
Very useful tip. Thank you. In many heat-exchangers, the relationship between heat-transfer & flow-rate would have a curve with c... Read More
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:37
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Integrating Component and Fitting Losses into a Single Pipe on the Workspace

Many components, such as isolation valves, elbows, and adjacent area changes, do not need to be modeled graphically when a simple k factor will suffice. In these cases, the AFT Fathom user can simplify and avoid unnecessary workspace clutter by integrating this data into a single pipe specification, using the Fittings & Losses tab. Fathom has a built library of component loss data provided by Miller, Crane, and Idelchik. The Fathom user can quickly and easily pick from a database of components, enter the quantity, and click OK. It is important to note, however, that Fathom uses the size of the...
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Ray Cameron
Gerardo, thank you for your interest in our software. Free demo downloads are available by simply going to https://www.aft.com/dow... Read More
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 01:09
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Backup Files

All AFT Products automatically generate backup files each time you save your model. Backup files will be saved to the same location you have saved your model file to. They will have the exact file name as your model, but rather than having the extension *.fth, *.aro, *.imp, etc., they will have the extension *.001, *.002, *.003, etc. Every time you click save while working in your model, a new backup file will be created. If the maximum number of backup files already exists, the new backup file will overwrite the oldest backup file. The maximum number of backup files created...
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Ben Keiser

The Quickest Way to Learn AFT Products

After you receive your AFT software , you will probably wonder how to learn the software quickly so you can begin using it.  AFT provides a very handy Quick Start Guide for each software product in English Units and SI Units.  These quick start guides are short, concise, would take maybe a day of your time, and are extremely powerful to assist you in producing highly accurate and advanced models! With larger companies, sometimes the AFT software will go straight to the IT department for installation and the engineer may never see the hard copy of the quick start guides.  Not...
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Ben Keiser
Hi Max, No problem! You can email your model file to us at support@aft.com. Also, we have included several (about 76) different... Read More
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 19:37
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How to Fill as Quadratic

Filters and screens impose a pressure drop that varies with flow rate. The variation is non-linear, but manufacturers will often provide only one data point for pressure loss at the design flow rate. Using a single point, or constant pressure drop, can produce significant inaccuracies in your model. With this in mind, AFT offers the “Fill As Quadratic” option for entering loss data.   Using only a single point, “Fill As Quadratic” will create two additional points for you. This first is simply 0,0; zero flow produces zero pressure drop. The second point is 2 x Flow and 4 x Pressure...
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Printing Input and Output

You can print all of or select portions of your model data window in order to have a hard copy of your input. Likewise you can print all of or select portions of your output window in order to have a hardcopy of the output. Printing both of these windows allows you to have hardcopies and backups of everything you would need to perform calculation checks on your model. After building your model and entering all of the required data, browse to the Model Data window and click “View/Model Data Control”. After setting up the input data to be displayed, click...
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