TBT Webinar – Developing Reliable, High Performance, Advanced 3D Blades

It’s Throwback Thursday which means we have another one of our favorite past webinars! This week’s is called Developing Reliable, High Performance, Advanced 3D Blades. It was the first of three in a special Steam Turbine Series

Since 1884, steam turbines have been exemplary turbomachines that have improved throughout the years with modern design advances. As steam turbines became common, the competition heated up and today efficiency continues to be a hot topic. One trending technique that makes steam turbines most efficient is advanced 3D blading. (more…)

POWER-GEN 2014 – What you’ll see from SoftInWay

Powergen 2014December is already upon us, which mean Power-Gen International is right around the corner. As we finalize preparations, we’d like to share a sneak peek at what we’ll be showing at this year’s conference. SoftInWay has just released a new version of its design, analysis, and optimization software. AxSTREAM V 3.3 consists of enhancements and fully new features to improve the turbomachinery design process. These updates are the result of our client requests and collaborations. Here’s a look at a partial list of the new features:

  • Users can now design radial turbines at the conceptual design phase in rotor + stator + volute configurations.
  • They can calculate the influence of the heating working fluid through the compressors walls and the option to add radial heat exchangers in the flow path.
  • AxSTREAM V 3.3 has a new fluid toolbox allowing the creation of fluid files using NIST-defined pure and mixed fluid, as well as model combustion gases using custom fuels.
  • Users can calculate both the interference diagram for various rotation speeds and the stress in sections while accounting for root, shroud, disk, lashing wires, and even splitter blades.
  • There is a new library of attachments in AxSTRESS to allow shorter design time due to existing root and the opportunity to update blade geometry while maintaining predefined attachments.

Stop by booth #4854 to learn more about these features! SoftInWay CEO, Dr. Leonid Moroz, will also be speaking at the conference on Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 1:30. He will be presenting his latest paper, “A New Concept to Designing a Combined Cycle Cogeneration Power Plant,” written with SoftInWay Director of Engineering, Dr. Boris Frolov, and Mechanical Engineer, Dr. Maksym Burlaka.

Interested in scheduling an appointment with us at Power-Gen? Contact us at info@softinway.com. We’ll see you there!

TBT Webinar – Design of Impulse and Reaction Turbines

This week’s TBT webinar, Design of Impulse and Reaction Turbines Webinar #2: Applications for Supercritical CO2 Cycle, discusses important considerations for using high-density working fluids with small turbine sizes. Structural constraints and performance are considered and the full design process is demonstrated.

video2This webinar covers:

  • Supercritical CO2 cycle overview
  • Estimation of impulse and reaction turbine application rationality in modern supercritical CO2 cycles taking into consideration structural requirements and performance goals
  • Comparison of CO2 and steam turbines (impulse and reaction) for the same boundary conditions
  • Detailed flow path design with AxSTREAM

Who should watch:

  • Mechanical and aerospace engineers working on conceptual turbine design
  • Operation/Overhaul/Engineering managers seeking to increase energy efficiency
  • Everyone interested in how SoftInWay Inc., and AxSTREAM can help them with creating more efficient Turbomachinery

You can find the recording here, in our video center. Not registered for our center? Not a problem, just register and you’ll be emailed access info for all of our free learning materials.

TBT Webinar – Supercritical CO2 Cycle – Advanced Power Conversion Technology

It’s Throwback Thursday and we’re sharing another webinar!

Are you looking for ways to increase your energy cycle efficiency?

Do you want to enhance your thermal or nuclear electricity generation project with advanced power conversion technologies?

Are you interested in expanding into the Supercritical CO2 Cycle business?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, watch “Supercritical CO2 Cycle – Advanced Power Conversion Technology,” which we recorded and put in our resource center! Learn more about technological advantages and most effective solutions in S-CO2 Cycle Turbine design!

During this 1-hour webinar you’ll learn about:

  • Overall S-CO2 Cycle Overview
  • Heat balance simulation in modern software
  • Most common modern turbomachinery design challenges
  • Leveraging AxSTREAM to help you with S-CO2 Cycle design

Who should watch:

  • Engineering managers interested in developing S-CO2 Cycle turbomachinery
  • Mechanical and aerospace engineers working on CO2 Cycle / Super Critical Carbon Dioxide Brayton Cycle and looking for optimization strategies
  • Scientists and developers in the field of alternative energy sources (research and study)
  • Everyone interested in how SoftInWay Inc. and AxSTREAM can help you with advanced Turbomachinery Design

You can find the recording here, in our video center. Not registered for our center? Not a problem, just register and you’ll be emailed access info for all of our free learning materials.

Power Gen 2014 is Right Around the Corner

PGIPower Generation Week is fast approaching and engineering companies throughout the world are frantically preparing. From December 7th to the 11th, over 1,400 power generation companies with 22,000 power professionals will be gathered in Orlando, Florida to exhibit their latest developments and to see what the rest of the industry is up to.

POWER-GEN International is not just a chance for companies to exhibit. The conference features more than 200 of the industry’s top speakers, upwards of 50 educational conference sessions, and variety of networking events.

SoftInWay will be at POWER GEN in booth 4854. We will be showing visitors the new AxSTREAM V 3.3 and its pool of new upgrades and capabilities. We are redefining the meaning of Turbomachinery Optimization and pushing efficiency further than previously believed possible.

Our new AxSTREAM features have grown from the needs and desires of our clients, who shape each and every one of our engineering goals. At SoftInWay, we view helping our clients as a means of improving our products and services, and continuing to better the turbomachinery industry.

Will you be at Power Gen? Stop by and see us at booth 4854!

Throwback Thursday Webinar – Green Energy and ORC

It’s #ThrowbackThursday and we’re sharing one of our past webinars called “Green Energy – Turbomachinery for Organic Rankine Cycles.”iStock_000015544357Medium

Growing global demand for energy coupled with environmental concerns from the prevalence of fossil fuel usage has created a strong demand for new sources of clean energy. This demand has inspired scientists and engineers to search for and propose new solutions to generate greener, cleaner energy. One of the new methodologies which has been proposed is generating electricity from low temperature heat sources, the Organic Rankine Cycle being among the most widely used. Such popularity encouraged innovation in the area, and inspiring various design modifications in conjunction with low temperature heat sources and with a wide range of power rates. (more…)

Free Webinar: Maximizing Turbocharger Boost with Advanced Design Features

turbochargerinengineTurbochargers, nowadays, are becoming increasingly common in the internal combustion engines of automobiles in order to improve fuel economy and meet government emission regulations. A turbocharger must provide a designed increase in pressure under load condition (design point) while generating enough power at the low end (loss mass flow region). Internal combustion engine working characteristics, however, prevent a centrifugal compressor from generating enough boost at the low end when radial turbine rotational speed is low. (more…)

Siemens to Acquire Dresser-Rand

desserIt was announced this week that Siemens, a German electronics and engineering company, has made a deal to purchase Dresser-Rand, a US-based oilfield equipment manufacturer. This agreement concludes a bidding war between Siemens and Sulzer, a Swiss pump manufacturer.

siemensThe deal, worth $7.6 billion, will give Siemens direct access to US domestic oil production, a sector currently booming from new extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing. Houston, Texas is a primary hub for the oil industry and this location is an ideal place for Siemens to enter the growing US market. Siemens has already played a role in the US power industry, mainly with its production of gas turbines. The company is also purchasing Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC’s energy gas turbine and compressor business, including its Houston operations. (more…)

Mini and Micro Gas Turbines

Mini and Micro gas turbines are becoming increasingly relevant among today’s research of power production technologies. These turbines are smaller, lighter, less-polluting, and less expensive than traditional power generation units. Gas turbines have high-grade waste heat, low maintenance costs, and low vibration levels. The micro versions of these turbines play a key role in micro combined heat and power (CHP) and micro power generation. (more…)