Discussion – Alien Signal or Radio Noise: Leveraging Turbomachinery

The Internet practically exploded early yesterday morning with talk of an extraterrestrial discovery after a signal was detected by a Russian telescope. The star in question, HD 164595 located a vast 95 light years away, sent out a strong radio spike that was picked up and sparked a boom of excitement. According to an article published by National Geographic, however, this signal may not be what it was first interpreted as.

Astronomers have pointed their radio telescopes towards the stars for over half a century, hoping to catch a glimmer of life beyond this planet. Short of a futuristic rocket ship, these telescopes seem to be the best bet for catching a peak of something out of this world. That is a main causStarse as to why this discovery is so tantalizing to both scientists and the rest of us earthlings. However, after further investigation, neither the Allen Telescope Array, commanded by the SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, nor the Green Bank Telescope, used by the Breakthrough Listen project, turned up additional signals or observations.

Another issue that has risen according to this article is that the signal did not repeat and could have been caused by something else. A source on Earth, such as a faulty power supply, military transmission, or arcing electrical fence for example. Another possible explanation could be that gravity from another object in space amplified a weaker signal. That being said, it would appear that HD 164595 is similar in many ways to our sun. It is composed of the same ingredients, is approximately the same age and has at least one planet in its orbit. This would suggest that theoretically, it would be plausible for life to exist within this system.

It’s safe to say that most of us hope to have an answer to the question of whether there is civilization somewhere in the sweeping unknown. Here at SoftInWay, we may not have a futuristic rocket ship stashed away, but we do hope to one day play a role in assisting these scientists find theiRocket Engine Thingyr answer. Perhaps, one day, SoftInWay can design and provide guidance on the rocket engine turbopump that will help us soar into new discoveries and exploration. Until then, we’ll provide the tools and guidance suited towards present needs  and future goals. If your branch of work falls under the scope of aerospace, or if you find rockets as cool as we do, our upcoming webinar will interest you. It is being offered towards the end of September and provides an overview of rocket engine turbopumps, from preliminary blade design to CFD and rotor dynamics using our AxSTREAM® platform.

 

Feel free to click on the link below for the full article. What are your thoughts on the matter discussed in the article? Share your comments below!

Article Link – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/seti-signal-sun-like-star-hercules-aliens-life-space-science/

 

Attend the Turbo/Pump Symposia 2015 in Houston, Texas

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.

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. Continue reading “Siemens to Acquire Dresser-Rand”

5 Steps to Advanced 3D Blade Design

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To decrease losses and increase performance of a turbine, we need to develop special (compound) geometries. Here’s your turbomachinery cheat sheet to advanced 3D blade design!

1. Optimizing plane profiling

There are several positive things that can give proper plane sections profiling: decreasing the profile losses, decreasing secondary losses and satisfying structural limitations. Continue reading “5 Steps to Advanced 3D Blade Design”