A Company Snapshot of 2019 – Looking Back and Looking Forward

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In what feels like the blink of an eye, 2019 has come to a close (well, almost). In the last decade, we have seen technology make leaps and bounds with advancements in everything from electric vehicles and propulsion, to artificial intelligence, to the microsatellite industry, and supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles. We’ve even seen the rise of the elusive and mysterious impossible burger. For engineers working in the field of technology as well as the SoftInWay team, it has been an exciting year full of new developments and growth; and we’d love to share a recap of our year with you, our readers!

So what has SoftInWay been up too this year?

Liquid Propulsion Systems Seminar:

Earlier in the year, we hosted a liquid rocket engine design/development seminar in Huntsville Alabama, AKA Rocket City USA. We had a good turnout from companies in the area that included Teledyne Brown, ATA Engineering, as well as other businesses large and small that call the Rocket City home. This event allowed us to show off our latest software development in the aerospace industry, AxSTREAM.SPACE, and how quickly and simply an engineer can design a turbopump for a liquid rocket engine as well as design/optimize the cooling channels in the engine’s nozzle, and perform the rotordynamics analyses for the turbopump.

Turbo Expo:

In June we had seven members of our team travel to Phoenix for the ASME Turbo Expo. There, our team was able to catch up with old friends and make new ones; introducing some of the industry’s best and brightest to our AxSTREAM® platform and engineering services in addition to our educational offerings and classes. Additionally, we hosted a Lunch and Learn on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world of turbomachinery, specifically how it can be leveraged to design/iterate these machines and their components faster than ever before, while also eliminating the human-error factor.

turbo Expo

Micro Gas Turbines:

As micro gas turbines are being seen as a way to save fuel, reduce emissions, and generate electrical power, more conferences are being hosted on this innovative technology. In that spirit, Dr. Dmytro Maksiuta of SoftInWay gave a keynote speech at the Micro Gas Turbine Forum in Stuttgart, Germany. Dr. Maksiuta spoke about the different applications for micro gas turbines in transportation, from range extenders in electric cars to hybrid propulsion systems in planes, trains, automobiles, and boats. The Q&A session which took place afterwards, led to some exciting discussions on the direction of this industry which we are thrilled to be a part of.

Figure 2 - AxSTREAM Platform for Radial Turbine Design

Plot A New Course! Radial Outflow Turbines Are in STU!

This year we rolled out the much anticipated Radial Outflow Turbine Design self-paced video course, now available on our online learning platform, SoftInWay Turbomachinery University ( STU).  Topics and modules covered during this training include custom fluid creation using Fluid Designer, radial outflow turbine preliminary design, meanline/streamline analysis, profiling and 3D blade design, and AxCFD™ for performing 3D CFD analysis. In addition, this training also teaches attendees how to import an existing design into AxSTREAM for analyzing its performance. If this topic is of interest to you, we definitely encourage you to have a look!

Radial-inflow turbine on the left; Radial-outflow turbine on the right
Figure 1: Radial-inflow turbine on the left; Radial-outflow turbine on the right
Webinar Records Smashed!

We hosted a variety of webinars this year on topics from multiphase-flow analyses, turbocharger design with AxSTREAM in conjunction with our partner Gamma Technologies and their GT SUITE software, applying API standards to lateral rotor dynamics analysis, and cryogenic centrifugal pump design. While we hoped these were enjoyable topics, a lot of you must have thought they were really interesting, because we broke our webinar registration and attendance records multiple times this year! On that note, a big thank you to all of you and your continued interest in SoftInWay’s webinars and AxSTREAM!

HRSG Flows Direction

Training Courses:

A big part of our work involves training, whether we’re giving some customers a refresher on AxSTREAM or hosting a workshop. In 2019 we held several workshops and training sessions where attendees got to learn more about what goes into developing turbomachinery components for aviation engines, to waste heat recovery systems, to liquid rocket engines (a popular topic this year!) We also hosted training classes for customers around the world in our offices.

2019 was such a busy year for us, that it’s hard to condense everything into 1 article.  On that note, we’re going to publish part 2 of our year in review tomorrow, discussing our technological advances, partnerships, team-growth, and 2020! Come back Thursday for our wrap-up on the year. Hope to see you then!

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