Happy New Year! The holiday season and 2015 have come to a close, and it has been quite a year. In this post, we are taking a look back at some of the greatest developments we have accomplished this year at SoftInWay. Take a look at the list and see if you missed anything, and stay tuned for a look at some of our plans and goals for 2016!
1. SoftInWay Turbomachinery University
Early in 2015, we launched STU, an innovative learning portal that provides online training for optimal turbomachinery design and analysis. STU consists of video courses on a variety of subjects, and corresponding exams. We have added 4 full courses in the past year. STU also features all recorded SoftInWay webinars and discounted versions of our software. Find STU here.
2. Software Upgrades
Our Software Platforms, AxSTREAM and AxCYCLE have become even more sophisticated in the last year. AxSTREAM, now version 22.214.171.124, has seen the addition of brand new capabilities, including Rotor Dynamic analysis and Bearing design.
AxCYCLE, now version 4.230, saw a major upgrade at the end of 2015 in the form of a new Module for Economic Analysis. The Module performs the estimation of cost and economic efficiency of power plants. It is the first tool of its kind in the industry.
3. Growing Team
SoftInWay expanded it’s team this year with new members in three of our offices. We have grown both our sales and technical teams for more efficient client communication and project execution. We are so happy to welcome our new teammates, and look forward to adding even more in 2016!
4. And more!
There are too many things to list! So here are a few more:
– We had our most successful webinars this year with a record number of registrants and attendees.
– We attended old and new conferences all of the world and at them published a number of papers and presentations.
– Our networking event at Turbo Expo in Montreal was a huge success. We hope to host more events in 2016 in new locations, including New York City!
We wish everyone a very happy New Year. We’re looking forward to 2016 where we will continue to innovate and grow.
The processes of power plant design, enlargement, and redesign must consider certain factors, such as technological scheme, basic cycle parameters, equipment configuration, and fuel type. These factors have long reached beyond the scope of the technical and physical, and must consider economic criteria. Economic indicators are fundamental when selecting a specific solution. Therefore, even at the initial stages of a project, engineering problems should be considered in parallel with the assessment of economic efficiency. In addition, a power plant is a very complex entity, and introductory capital costs cannot be the only economic criteria considered. The economic indexes over the entire lifecycle of the plant must be accounted for.
The modern world has seen extensive investment in the field of cost estimation. The approximate estimation of cost and economic efficiency of a power plant, however, is a complicated and time-consuming process. It demands a high level of knowledge and information.
In order to simplify this process, and make it available for the engineering community, SoftInWay, a leading turbomachinery solutions provider, developed the new AxCYCLE Module for Economic Analysis. This webinar will demonstrate the module and discuss its extensive capabilities and applications.
We look forward to a great webinar and your challenging questions. Please register ahead of time and if you have any specific questions, let us know during the registration so that we can try to incorporate the answers into our presentation.
Will we see you at POWER-GEN 2015?
POWER-GEN International 2015 is only one month away! We are finalizing plans for our trip to Las Vegas, where we will be exhibiting and demonstrating our latest company developments.
SoftInWay has had several major recent developments that we will be featuring at the conference. Here are a few:
We will be releasing our newest module DURING Power-Gen! This new AxCYCLE economic module provides power plant equipment cost estimation as well as investment analysis of plant construction. The module features opportunities for user-defined data use, the incorporation of the user’s models for equipment cost estimation, and comparisons of cash flow charts with alternative projects. It will be a key tool for turbomachinery industry decision-makers, who must not only consider machine efficiency, but also the price of construction, redesign, or component replacement. The module will be launched and demonstrated at the conference.
In September we released three new modules: AxSTREAM Bearing, Rotor Design, and RotorDynamics. These modules allow for the design of turbomachinery rotors and bearings, and for rotor dynamic analysis.
Come to booth 1014 to learn more about these, and other, developments. Or stop in for a short demonstration of our software. Would you like to schedule an in-depth meeting with our team during the conference? Email us at email@example.com.
Innovation Strategy: How to Leverage Turbomachinery Reverse Engineering
SoftInWay will be hosting its next free webinar on Thursday, November 12! This webinar will delve into the complicated world of reverse engineering and demonstrate the best methods and tools.
Reverse engineering of Turbomachinery is extremely important for the partial replacement of turbines or compressors that have operated for many years, especially for owners, operators, and non-OEM service providers.
Documentation for a significant amount of these machines is not available due to different reasons, thus replication/reproduction becomes costly and time consuming. In the owner/operator scenario, one of the options is to buy new, modern machinery (as a replacement), but this is often significantly more expensive than performing overhauls & optimization of the flowpath, while maintaining the casing and other components. For OEMs looking to study a competitor’s machine, things become even more complicated.
SoftInWay’s turbomachinery software platform, AxSTREAM, has a unique capabilities for extracting turbomachinery geometry and profiles from scanned data, thus streamlining the reverse engineering, benchmarking, duplication, and optimization process. Additionally, by leveraging the extensive experience of SoftInWay’s 60+ person engineering team, customers are able to benefit from our techniques and software for different types of overhaul, rerates, cycle changes, and other sophisticated projects.
The webinar will include:
An introduction to the reverse engineering of turbomachinery including its origins and modern trends
The significance of special software and specialized experience for reverse engineering of turbomachinery
Information on how to leverage reverse engineering and modern software to improve existing turbomachinery performance
Examples of reverse engineering-based improvement, innovation, and modification
Who should attend:
Engineering professionals performing or involved in reverse engineering projects
Engineering professionals working in the mechanical, aerospace, automotive, marine, or power generation industries seeking to renovate or improve existing turbomachinery equipment
Engineering professionals working in turbomachinery operation who want to renovate or improve their equipment performance
Engineering students looking for comprehensive and state-of-the-art approaches for turbomachinery reverse engineering
Register for this webinar by clicking the link below! Can’t attend? Register and we will make sure you receive a recording of the presentation.
Last week, SoftInWay attended the Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia in Houston, Texas. The conference consisted of many fascinating displays and presentations. There was a lot to see and learn.
We noticed many new industry trends and patterns during our time in Texas, but some were more prevalent than others. One thing that caught our attention in particular: Utilities and Oil & Gas owners and operators want to do more with performance prediction independently of OEMs. This would cut out a middleman and allow owners and operators to cut time and costs within their projects.
Our tools provide modules needed to conduct performance prediction. Are you hoping to independently predict performance for your next project? We would love to talk to you. Send us an email to learn more about the capabilities of AxSTREAM and AxCYCLE.
Were you at the conference? Let us know what you noticed in the comments.
Our next webinar is on October 8th! Join us as we discuss Design of Waste Heat Recovery Systems Based on Supercritical ORC for Powerful Engines.
Waste heat recovery is a hot topic (pun intended) that SoftInWay embraced rapidly. Numerous projects have been successfully performed on both the thermodynamic and the turbomachinery components levels.
In this webinar, we will discuss the case of a powerful ICE that can now benefit from a 20% boost in power due to waste heat recovery using a supercritical organic Rankine cycle (SORC). Different configurations, levels of complexity and parameters are studied and compared for the thermodynamic cycle as well as different fluid. Moreover, to show you that SORC is the way to go the results obtained are compared to what would be obtained with a different type of WHR system; double-pressure water steam cycle.
The session will include:
Introduction to the powerful ICE considered and its waste heat sources
Working fluid and parameters selection for the waste heat recovery system (WHRS)
Comparison of different configurations of WHRS SORC
Preliminary design of the turbine(s)
Who should attend?
Engineers actively contributing to making their processes more efficient.
Engineers working in the mechanical, aerospace, automotive, marine, power generation industries who want to optimize their process equipment by utilizing untapped heat.
Engineering students looking for a comprehensive and state-of-the-art case study to optimize existing equipment allowing them to widen and deepen their understanding of waste heat recovery to meet the requirements of future employers.
Next month, the 44th Turbomachinery & 31st Pump Symposia will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston Texas. The exhibition opens on Monday, September 14th, until Thursday, the 17th. The symposia are hosted in order to inspire knowledge exchange among industry professionals, along with professional development, technology transfer, and networking.
SoftInWay will be attending the symposia and exhibiting in booth #2637. Here’s what we are looking forward to the most:
Training courses led by top industry experts
Lectures, tutorial, case studies, discussion groups, and short courses
Exhibits including full-sized equipment and the latest industry innovations
Networking and knowledge exchange with fellow turbomachinery and pump professionals
We are also excited to show attendees what we have developed in the last year. Here at SoftInWay, we are constantly building our industry knowledge and software capabilities. We’ll be offering extensive software demonstrations in our booth. Be sure to stop by (and ask about our portable phone chargers)!
Need a free pass to attend the exhibition? You can get yours here. We’ll see you there.
Join us for our next free webinar on September 3rd, 2015!
Rotor manufacturers seek design aspects which will lead to the maximum level of reliability. These aspects include support, which is most effectively provided by journal bearings, a vitally important component of a turbine. Without the journal bearing and rotor accurate analysis, it can be risk of catastrophic machine damage. Turbine components must be closely checked and kept stable for optimal and safe performance.
Our next webinar will highlight our emerging applications for turbomachines, compressors, and other mechanisms used with rotors and journal bearings. The interacting influence of bearings on the dynamic behavior (rotor dynamics) of machinery will be reviewed and illustrated by the construction of analytical models.
The session will include:
Brief introductions to Rotor and Journal Bearings construction and their roles in the turbomachinery industry.
Introduction to Rotor Dynamic and Journal Bearings analyses.
Program application presentation and description capabilities and properties.
Who should attend?
Engineers working in turbomachinery interested in calculating and optimizing machine rotor dynamics
Engineers interested in improving machine life and performance with optimal bearings
Engineering students interested in the future of turbomachinery design and optimization.
We hope you can attend! Register by following the link below.
We have just released the newest version of AxCYCLE, our software tool for thermodynamic cycle design and analysis. AxCYCLE 4.0 has some brand new features that will inevitably aid you in designing optimal Gas, Steam, Combined, Turbocharger, Supercritical CO2, Organic Rankine, and Waste Heat Recovery Cycles.
Take a look at the latest updates and additions:
Turbine Efficiency Calculation
In previous versions of AxCYCLE, efficiency was an input parameter that needed to be changed manually for each off-design condition. The Calculated Efficiency option will automatically recalculate the efficiency for off-design conditions.
Several new components were added to the AxCYCLE library for more sophisticated and customizable cycles.
Bearing: Used to simulate mechanical energy losses in bearings. The estimated mechanical losses are assigned as a power value and are accounted for in the total energy balance
Gearbox: Used to simulate the mechanical energy transfer between two shafts considering mechanical energy losses in the gearbox. These losses are measured using a gearbox efficiency value.
End Seal: Used to simulate seal leakage. The value of the leakage depends on the difference between the upstream and downstream pressure.
Steam Cycle Builder
AxCYCLE’s new wizard for the creation of basic steam cycles. It can be used for steam cycles with regenerative heating, optional moisture separators, and re-heaters. The Builder creates a cycle diagram with the correct fixed conditions and initial values, meaning the generated cycle is ready for calculation! It does all of the work for you!
Learn more about AxSTREAM and AxCYCLE on our website, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out exactly how we can help with your next turbomachinery project.