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Compressor Design : Axial, Mixed, or Radial?

Compressor Design : Axial, Mixed, or Radial?

By Mark R. Anderson, CTO of Concepts NREC
Feb 25, 2022

With so many papers out there, I like to pass the word along when a particularly good one comes my way. My favorite paper for 2021 was titled “SELECTING A COMPRESSOR MERIDIONAL TOPOLOGY: AXIAL,...

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Performance v. Durability: The Eternal Turbomachinery Design Grudge Match

Performance v. Durability: The Eternal Turbomachinery Design Grudge Match

By Steve Kohr, Director of Software Product Management & UX
Nov 12, 2021

It is not a secret that when designing turbomachinery components there is a trade-off between the performance and durability. I challenge any aero or structural designer to highlight a geometric...

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Meet Claudio Raia

Meet Claudio Raia

By Kate Guerrina, Marketing Manager
Sep 17, 2021

Dave Schowalter, Director of Global Software Sales, introduces you to Claudio Raia, our newest team member and the Managing Director of Concepts NREC Europe. Welcome Claudio!

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2020 Software Release Feature Highlight: Streamlining the Optimization Process in TurboOPT II™

2020 Software Release Feature Highlight: Streamlining the Optimization Process in TurboOPT II™

By Steve Kohr, Associate Director, CAE Product Management
Nov 20, 2020

Concepts NREC’s TurboOPT IITM product was created to provide designers a link between Concepts NREC meanline and 3D design products and 3rd party optimization products. The use of optimization in...

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2020 Software Release Feature Highlight: Importing FINE™/Open Grids and Starting CFD From a Previous CFD Run in pbPost™

2020 Software Release Feature Highlight: Importing FINE™/Open Grids and Starting CFD From a Previous CFD Run in pbPost™

By Steve Kohr, Associate Director, CAE Product Management
Oct 30, 2020

Concepts NREC’s pbPost™ product was created to provide designers a turbomachinery-specific pre- and post-processing tool to link our flagship 3D design product, AxCent®, and our partner NUMECA...

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2020 Software Release Feature Highlight: Axial Design in AxCent®

2020 Software Release Feature Highlight: Axial Design in AxCent®

By Steve Kohr, Associate Director, CAE Product Management
Oct 16, 2020

AxCent® has long been recognized as the premier 3D design software for turbomachinery components.

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2020 Software Release Feature Highlight: Aungier Model Calibration in COMPAL®

2020 Software Release Feature Highlight: Aungier Model Calibration in COMPAL®

By Steve Kohr, Associate Director, CAE Product Management
Oct 2, 2020

In 2019, the Aungier model was added to COMPAL®, our compressor meanline design and analysis product. The Aungier model is a globally accepted, physics-based loss approach to aid in the design of...

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Optimization using Dakota in Concepts NREC’s TurboOPT II

Optimization using Dakota in Concepts NREC’s TurboOPT II

By Rachel Moore, Senior Software Engineer
Sep 11, 2020

Automated optimization is becoming more and more common place in the turbomachinery industry today.  What was once exclusively the domain of academics and high-end researchers, has become much more...

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Super Critical Carbon Dioxide Turbomachinery Design

Super Critical Carbon Dioxide Turbomachinery Design

By Mark R. Anderson
Nov 8, 2019

Why supercritical CO2?   Super critical carbon dioxide (sCO2) is one of the hottest topics in the turbomachinery world right now.  From my own experience, I remember when the subject occupied a few...

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In Thermodynamics: “What Goes Around-Comes Around” is a Good Thing

In Thermodynamics: “What Goes Around-Comes Around” is a Good Thing

By Francis A. Di Bella, P.E.
Jun 28, 2019

When discussing the efficiency of transforming one form of energy to another, circularity is the way to go. Anyone who has spent even a little time studying engineering thermodynamics knows that the...

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7 Turbomachinery Themed Valentine’s Day Cards – Which is Your Favorite?

7 Turbomachinery Themed Valentine’s Day Cards – Which is Your Favorite?

By Barbara Shea
Feb 8, 2019

Valentine’s Day is February 14, and while some cynics refer to it as a “Hallmark holiday”, most people commemorate the day in some way. One of the biggest challenges is finding a card that perfectly...

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Do You Design Turbomachinery with a Pocketknife or a Sushi Knife?

Do You Design Turbomachinery with a Pocketknife or a Sushi Knife?

By Thiago Ebel
Dec 21, 2018

Years ago, I got a pocketknife as a gift, and I absolutely loved it, still do. It came in handy during my college years, when I was really into camping and trekking. As the years went by, it stayed...

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The Wright Stuff for Turbomachinery

The Wright Stuff for Turbomachinery

By Dr. David Schowalter
Dec 14, 2018

As an engineer, you probably have at least some familiarity with the story of how two bicycle mechanics, named Orville and Wilbur Wright, invented controlled-powered flying machines at Kitty Hawk,...

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Reverse Engineering - Going from Part to Art

Reverse Engineering - Going from Part to Art

By Sharon Wight
Dec 7, 2018

Have you ever needed to know the exact geometry of a compressor that has been running for years in your process plant? Perhaps you need to analyze how it would perform if the process fluid had to be...

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20 Great Gifts for Engineers from $10 to $2 Million

20 Great Gifts for Engineers from $10 to $2 Million

By Barbara Shea
Nov 23, 2018

Gifts for Engineers can usually be segmented into a few categories: Things you have to put together, science fiction, gaming, new technology, and witty phrases printed on stuff. A Google search of...

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Designing Turbomachinery is like Solving a Rubik's Cube

Designing Turbomachinery is like Solving a Rubik's Cube

By Barbara Shea
Sep 21, 2018

I think we can all agree that designing turbomachinery is hard. There are just so many moving parts (pun intended) in the design process, and they are all interconnected.  When you change the blade...

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Investing in Designing Gas Turbines for Power Generation

Investing in Designing Gas Turbines for Power Generation

By David Teal
Sep 14, 2018

Gas turbines (or GTs) are important in the power generation sector due to their high efficiency, cleaner emissions and faster startup than old coal-powered plants. These power generators can range...

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The Challenges & Cures of CFD Solution Failures

The Challenges & Cures of CFD Solution Failures

By Mark R. Anderson
Aug 3, 2018

Computational fluid dynamic analysis (CFD) has become a standard part of the turbomachinery design process. Within Concepts NREC’s Agile Engineering Design System, FINE/Turbo, from our Partner NUMECA...

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Why You Need CAE & CAM Software Specialized for Turbomachinery

Why You Need CAE & CAM Software Specialized for Turbomachinery

By Dr. Peter Weitzman
Feb 2, 2018

Concepts NREC just had its most successful year ever in software sales. Why? It really comes down to two things, the first is our team, we have some incredibly talented people developing our software...

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Robot Engineers?

Robot Engineers?

By Barbara Shea
Dec 14, 2017

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the profession that is creating all the robots was eventually replaced by them? It could happen. Engineering is all about applying laws, measurements, facts, and analysis to...

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The Value of Visualizing Velocity Vectors

The Value of Visualizing Velocity Vectors

By Mark R. Anderson
Nov 9, 2017

Beyond being a fun tongue twister, visualizing the velocity vectors is probably the most useful and intuitive information available in turbomachinery design. Many fundamental parameters can be...

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What Next for Wider Flow Range Centrifugal Compressors?

What Next for Wider Flow Range Centrifugal Compressors?

By Dr. Colin Osborne
Sep 21, 2017

Flow range is an essential consideration in the design of any centrifugal compressor system, regardless of the application. Adequate flow range is necessary, not only to assure that various...

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Where Does CAD fit in the CAE Process for Turbomachinery?

Where Does CAD fit in the CAE Process for Turbomachinery?

By Dr. Peter Weitzman
Sep 7, 2017

A common struggle for mechanical engineers using Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools is the time-consuming process of moving geometry between the CAE system and Computer Aided Design (CAD)...

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Shrouded or Open Impellers for Compressor Chillers - That is the Question

Shrouded or Open Impellers for Compressor Chillers - That is the Question

By Steve Kohr
Aug 2, 2017

One of the most important design choices facing a chiller compressor designer is whether to utilize open or shrouded impellers. The impacts of this verdict are wide ranging, which arguably makes this...

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Improving the Efficiency of Supercritical CO2 Power Systems

Improving the Efficiency of Supercritical CO2 Power Systems

By Francis A. Di Bella, P.E.
Apr 27, 2017

The contemporary gas turbine engine, developed in the 1940’s by Sir Frank Whittle (pictured), is still considered to be among the most efficient, external combustion engines. Today, there is a...

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The Need for Computational Tools for Predicting Compressor Performance in Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles

The Need for Computational Tools for Predicting Compressor Performance in Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles

By Mark R. Anderson
Feb 7, 2017

Supercritical CO2 cycles have the potential to significantly improve efficiency and reduce emissions in power generation. However, the unique fluid dynamic properties of supercritical CO2 that enable...

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The Future of Turbomachinery Software

The Future of Turbomachinery Software

By Mark R. Anderson
Sep 9, 2016

The turbomachinery and software industries have evolved, in tandem, to high levels of maturity. On the engineering side, improved modeling capability and access to more powerful computational...

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Agile Engineering Design System for Steam and Organic Rankine Cycle Turbines

Agile Engineering Design System for Steam and Organic Rankine Cycle Turbines

By Concepts NREC
Sep 1, 2016

Expanding design capabilities for advanced high-performance turbines for steam and organic Rankine cycle power generation is a constant area of focus in developing Concepts NREC’s Agile Engineering...

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Benefits of the Cooled Turbine Airfoil Agile Design System

Benefits of the Cooled Turbine Airfoil Agile Design System

By Concepts NREC
Sep 1, 2016

Achieving optimum performance and efficiency in a gas turbine engine requires pushing operating temperatures as high as possible. In fact, many gas turbine engines in service today operate at hot-gas...

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