SoftInWay Year End Review – 2022 Edition

In what feels like two shakes of a lamb’s tail, we’re wrapping up 2022! The year has been both challenging and rewarding, largely due to our incredible team, customers, and partners. So, what did SoftInWay get up to this year, and what is on the horizon for 2023?

New AxSTREAM Developments

Since the very first version of AxSTREAM, our development strategy has always been centered around the needs of our clients. After all, in an industry undergoing rapid technological advancements, it’s critical to have the tools and support needed to hit your project goals and keep up with the growing demand

2D view of pipe diffuser in AxSTREAM (left) & 3D view of pipe diffuser in AxSTREAM (right)
2D view of pipe diffuser in AxSTREAM (left) & 3D view of pipe diffuser in AxSTREAM (right)

Here is an overview of some key capabilities added inside the AxSTREAM platform, which include:

AxSTREAM for Turbines

  • Features expanded capabilities in incorporating both drilled and milled nozzles in turbine designs

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AxSTREAM for Compressors

  • Is now capable of incorporating pipe diffusers into centrifugal compressor designs, enabling higher efficiency and performance in gas turbine engines

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­AxSTREAM RotorDynamics & Bearing

  • Has several new features including but not limited to the:
    • Addition of finite element method for steady-state isothermal analysis of herringbone grooved gas journal bearings
    • Addition of finite element method for steady-state isothermal analysis of spiral grooved gas thrust bearings
    • Automated calculation of stiffness required to model the rigid connection between rotors
    • Ability to apply custom stress concentration factors during torsional harmonic analysis for both reciprocating and turbo machines.
AxSTREAM System Simulation

While the official launch of our newest product, AxSTREAM System Simulation, is set for next year, we showed off the beta version of this product in September during a webinar on environmental control systems (more on that later).

  • AxSTREAM System Simulation brings together legacy 0D and 1D solvers into a new and intuitive interface for a powerful solution. Through the integrated reduced-order modeling of dependent multidisciplinary systems, AxSTREAM System Simulation can eliminate the interface gap that exists between siloed software or sub-systems, thus speeding up development and reducing associated costs. More to come next year so stay tuned for the official release!
New Partnership with Ansys

In the summer of this year, we announced a technological partnership with Ansys to enable seamless integration between our AxSTREAM Platform and Ansys’ simulation software. The Ansys-SoftInWay partnership supports further digitization of a very streamlined workflow, from the initial design in AxSTREAM to analysis using Ansys’ 3D physics solvers Ansys® CFX®, Ansys® Fluent®, and Ansys® Mechanical™. The new workflow enables the integration of the high-fidelity simulations and optimization studies needed through Ansys Workbench to automate the entire development process in one continuous chain. Through this partnership, companies can fully automate the development process from the initial stages all the way to the completed design in one environment; a must-have for any engineering team developing turbomachinery and propulsion technology.

AxSTREAM and Ansys

In-Person Training Courses are Back in Session!

After two years of online classes and seminars due to the pandemic, we were very excited to host an in-person pump training in the Fall of this year!  The training was held in our Burlington office and walked attendees through fundamental concepts of centrifugal and axial pump design such as flow path configuration selection, machine sizing, impeller design, cavitation problems, NPSH, noise and vibration issues. The course also explored practical pump design cases using AxSTREAM, giving attendees the opportunity to apply the learned theory to practical examples. The training was a success and we’re looking forward to hosting more in the new year! You can check out our in-person training schedule here.

Vlad Goldenberg & Fernando Pelcastre teaching our pump design training
New Webinar Topics Added to the SoftInWay Library

2022 was another great year for our webinar team, as the latest developments to AxSTREAM meant that more unique and challenging engineering topics could be tackled. During the year, we added 4 new webinars to our library, marking 150 webinars to date!

Topics covered included:

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We’d like to extend a big thank you to our loyal registrants and attendees who made this possible and have continually come to our presentations and webinars.

Support for Young Engineers

SoftInWay has a long history of supporting aspiring engineers, from our university partnership program to sponsorship of the AIAA Engine Design Competition in the US and the TEKNOFEST Turbofan Engine Design Competition in Turkey.  We’re constantly on the lookout for opportunities where we can help students get a head-start on their careers and it is along that vein that we’ve added AxSTREAM Office Hours. These sessions take place weekly and give students the opportunity to connect directly with our technical team to ask questions and get feedback on their projects.

Launch Canada and SoftInWay

We also announced our support of the Launch Canada competition earlier this year. Through this partnership, hundreds of students from universities across Canada will be able to leverage the same software used worldwide by engineering professionals in the space industry. With access to the AxSTREAM.SPACE software bundle as well as training materials and expert advisers, students in the competition will utilize the state-of-the-art design tools needed to make their creative rocketry ideas a reality. We are thrilled to be in a position where we get to help future rocket engineers and are very much looking forward to seeing their rocket designs hit the skies in 2023!   Check out the full press release here

New Office and New Faces!

2022 has been a year of growth, as we nearly doubled the size of our US team (resulting in a very speedy move to a brand-new office out of Burlington).  With the boom in innovative technologies that rely on the turbomachinery sector, ranging from propulsion systems based on fuel cells and hydrogen-producing technologies, to hypersonic and commercial space travel, we wanted to make sure our customers had the best support and tools in the industry. It is with this in mind that we’ve scaled up our engineering and customer support team, both in the US and in Europe.

Team Picture - 2022

Happy New Year from all of us at SoftInWay!

It has been an absolute joy getting to know our new colleagues this year.  Their hard work has been an integral part of SoftInWay’s success this year.  And we’re still hiring for several positions, so we’re looking forward to seeing even more new faces around the office in the new year! If you would like to become a member of our team, check out our career page.

Summary

2022 came with its own set of challenges this year, as it seems to be par for the course this decade. Despite what has arguably been the toughest year yet, especially for our European colleagues, we have also seen incredible growth. Thanks to the strength and tenacity of our team, we had our best year yet and cannot wait to see what 2023 brings.

To everyone who has been a part of the SoftInWay team, to our customers, our partners, our friends, and our followers thank you for being a part of our journey this past year. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with such amazing people and we look forward to supporting you in the new year.

Wishing you the very best as we head into 2023!

 

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