Come home. Book your ticket for the Turbo & Pump Symposia

The 43rd Turbomachinery and 30th Pump Symposia are quickly approaching. The 3-day event will begin on September 22nd in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Symposia are organized in order to promote professional development, technology transfer, peer networking and information exchange among industry professionals. The event serves as a premier training and networking opportunity for professionals in both the turbomachinery and pump industries.

2013 Symposia
Source: Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

In ancient Greece, a symposium was a drinking party. Hosted by Socrates and philosophers alike, they were used to celebrate and discuss matters most vital to the universe. The “symposium” was a source of pride for the ancient aristocrats. (more…)

What’s Going to Happen to the Service Market?

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Source: Business Week, “GE Said to Covet Alstom Business Servicing Power Plants”

GE considers buying Alstom but so is Siemens. What’s going to happen to the service market?

Currently Alstom covers 25% of the world’s service market and is the world’s third largest provider of equipment and services for power generation. (Source: Alstom)

Power plants are aging as we speak, so the service market is attracting the attention from different service providers.
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Sustainable Turbomachinery

iStock_000015544357MediumThis past Tuesday was the 44th celebrated Earth Day. On Earth Day, more than 100 countries join together to literally stop and smell the roses, appreciate the splendor and beauty of Mother Nature and take extra efforts to be more conscientious for our shared home.

Turbomachinery, though not always the first thing that comes to mind when speaking on the subject of green technology, plays an important role toward our efforts for a more sustainable environment.
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Formula 1 Racing is Turbocharged

turbochargerinengineYes, the Formula 1 races have begun. The world is three races in with the fourth Grand Prix scheduled for April 20 in China.  As the world watches in awe at the versatility and speed (let’s face it, the races are all about the cars, right?), engineers marvel at the aerodynamics, energy recovery systems, turbochargers and internal combustion engines (because we love engineering).

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Designing Supercritical CO2 Power Plants

The supercritical CO2 power cycle is one of the most promising power technologies. It is not by chance though, because carbon dioxide (CO2) has a unique combination of attributes, such as a low critical temperature, an environmentally natural origin, a high standard of safety and a low cost. Carbon dioxide is also thoroughly studied, therefore there is sufficient information surrounding it. But on the other hand, the supercritical CO2 cycle has a high energy conversion factor, such as high thermal efficiency.
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Which gas turbine is the best for my combined cycle power plant conversion?

combinedcyclesThe goal of this test case is to find the gas turbine necessary to produce 58 MW of total net power for the conversion of a steam turbine to a combined gas-steam cycle while providing the highest level of cycle thermal efficiency.

The exhaust gases from the gas turbine are used to heat up steam through three HRSGs (Heat Recovery Steam Generators) in series. The steam is then used in the studied steam turbine which is comprised of two “cylinders” in series.
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SoftInWay April Events and Why You Should Attend

supercriticalco2inaxcycleMarch just really flew by!

We’re kicking off April with our new Heat Balance Calculation with AxCYCLE online classes this month. Here’s three good reasons you should attend:

1. You’ll get to learn, understand and dive into our new conceptual cycle analysis tool that has built-in customizable OEM turbine and ICE libraries (perfect for engineers involved in waste heat recovery) (more…)

Co-generation Power Plants

The Kendall Cogeneration Station in Cambridge, MA
The Kendall Cogeneration Station in Cambridge, MA

Co-generation power plants are very popular in Europe compared to the U.S. market. It will be interesting to see if this type of application will take off in North America, but I’d like to share a little background information on co-generation first.
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Radial versus Diagonal Diffusion in Multi-Stage Pumps

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Radial and Diagonal Diffusion

Although crossover design has only a secondary effect on pump efficiency, it too should use every available trick to achieve the best possible results.

This picture (left and below) shows short and long configurations of the two basic types of crossovers normally used on multi-stage pumps. Both have been tested by the West Coast pump companies and the results of these tests indicate that the radial diffusion type is approximately one point more efficient than the diagonal diffusion type. Here’s why: (more…)

Let’s Talk About Centrifugal Compressors

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Centrifugal Compressor Design

We all know by now that no machine is perfect. Turbines have carryover losses, pumps experience cavitation phenomena, and compressors certainly have their fair share of pros and cons. We’re on the hunt for some common design problems – perhaps problems that you have experienced yourself, with centrifugal compressors. We scoured through our technical papers and presentations and searched the web for some. Here’s a list of frequent concerns and questions we ran into: (more…)