Flow Coefficient and Work Coefficient Applications

by Mark R. Anderson on Mar 29, 2018 4:10:49 PM

In my last blog, I explored the concept of the flow and work coefficient.  In this blog, I will explore the practical application of the two parameters in machine selection and optimization. 

Flow Coefficient and Work Coefficient

by Mark R. Anderson on Mar 22, 2018 12:00:25 PM

Two often used quantities to characterize turbomachinery are flow coefficient and work coefficient.  The two are generally represented as Φ for flow coefficient and φ for work coefficient.  The mathematical definition for the two quantities are as follows:


What is a Consortium, and Why Would You Join One?

by Dr. David Schowalter on Mar 16, 2018 11:14:20 AM

Merriam-Webster’s definition is, “an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member.”  The word is Latin, derived from “con” (together) and “sors” (fate).  In commercial industries that rely on technology development, a consortium can be a way to share the cost of research and development among several companies that would benefit from the resulting technology. Consortia can also be commercial in nature.  One example would be the company, Airbus, which was originally a consortium of European aerospace manufacturers. It eventually evolved into a standalone company, Airbus, SAS. 

Reaction Versus Impulse Type Turbomachinery

by Mark R. Anderson on Mar 8, 2018 9:43:00 AM

The universe of turbomachinery consists of many different design concepts that are radically different from one another. Each class of machine has a particular flow and power range that is best suited for that design class.  In general, a machine type that is not well suited to an application, cannot be refined sufficiently to perform well outside its normal range. 

The (Contemporary) Art of Engineering

by Francis A. Di Bella, P.E. on Mar 2, 2018 2:40:04 PM

Boston, MA is known as a walkable city. Boston’s downtown area is very small, relative to those in other cities. However, the walkable size provides you with a special opportunity to explore the many interesting venues that the city has to offer. One such opportunity arose when an engineering meeting with a colleague was postponed for several hours due to “unforeseen circumstances”. This gave me a golden opportunity to tour the Museum of Fine Arts, a short walk from Northeastern University where my meeting was scheduled.  

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