SoftInWay Looks to Change Turbomachinery Design Methodology and Toolsets in Latest SBIR Grant

Turbomachinery R&D company shifts turbomachinery engineering AI program into high gear for NASA SBIR project with far-reaching impacts.

Burlington, MA, September 8, 2020 – Start spooling your jet engines and your computer fans, because SoftInWay is embarking on a new R&D project thanks to its latest SBIR award from NASA. SoftInWay will seek to improve the methodologies and workflows that are currently used to develop highly complex turbomachinery.

Compressor efficiency is one of the most important factors in developing an efficient gas turbine engine. Often, it can take years of designing, building, and testing a compressor before a proper design is found which operates both reliably and efficiently.  With the AI and machine learning technology being developed by the SoftInWay team, optimizing a compressor, or any turbomachine for that matter, to function at optimal performance will be possible in weeks instead of years.

Naturally, creating an autonomous program that can accurately optimize a compressor’s operating efficiency and generate performance maps is a daunting task. At the heart of the program, however, will be the AxSTREAM platform, more specifically, the AI capabilities being created in AxSTREAM ION. This new AI-based workflow will be trained using AxSTREAM, but it can also be trained using proprietary software and third-party codes such as those at NASA. These programs will be able to automate performance data generation for compressors in this test case. When subsequently combined with data gathered from test rigs, the autonomous AI program will be able to generate accurate turbomachinery performance data, with minimal error percentages; significantly shortening the time required to design a complex machine such as a multistage compressor.

The potential impact on the industry that this project offers cannot be understated. Every manufacturer from industry stalwarts such as General Electric and Siemens to startup companies are all looking for ways to cut development time and costs on advanced turbomachinery projects. This technology will go beyond axial compressor R&D, into applications such as turbopump design for liquid rocket engines, as well as turbocharger design. While all of these machines are very different, the engineers creating them all share a common challenge, which is being able to create more powerful, efficient, designs which operate optimally in ever-shortening time frames.

Dr. Maksym Burlaka, the Project Leader, said that while the project is daunting, SoftInWay’s engineering team is more than up to the task. “We’re not ones to back down from a challenge. The big objective for us will be to streamline this workflow with our AxSTREAM platform and the other tools at our disposal and allowing them all to work in tandem. AxSTREAM will of course be critical in this project, as it is the foundation upon which this infrastructure will be built, and it’ll be relied upon to optimize the compressor’s performance and operating conditions in this test case as well as countless other turbomachinery in future projects. Obviously we will be handling the design work as well, however the operation performance and optimization will be sanity checked by AxSTREAM, and in turn we will be sanity-checking the iterations given to us by AxSTREAM.” Dr. Burlaka added that they aim to prove that while complex turbomachinery designs are the future of mechanical engineering, a long development period is something that can be left in the past.

SoftInWay’s engineering team is confident that the framework being developed here for predicting and optimizing compressor operation will set a precedent in turbomachinery R&D going forward. With the successful completion of this project, the era of spending years developing one turbomachine will end.

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About SoftInWay, Inc.

SoftInWay, Inc. is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems by offering its integrated and automated software platform, AxSTREAM ® for all steps of the turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization process (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation). SoftInWay also offers a number of engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

SoftInWay is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 certified and committed to providing our customers with products and services that meet international quality standards.

SoftInWay supports more than 450 companies worldwide, and works closely with universities, research laboratories, and government organizations. You can find more information at www.softinway.com

 

SoftInWay Inc.
1500 District Avenue
Burlington MA 01803 USA
Phone: 1-781-685-4942
Fax: 1-781-685-4601
E-mail: info@softinway.com

SoftInWay Unveils Co-Simulation Environment in the Latest Release of AxSTREAM ION

Leading R&D engineering company releases the newest version of its co-simulation program , enabling companies to develop better products quicker with less iterations and lower development costs.

Burlington, MA, June 16, 2020 – SoftInWay, Inc. announced today the latest release of AxSTREAM ION for use both inside and outside the realm of turbomachinery engineering. The release marks the next step in a move towards complete workflow digitization and automation to shorten project times and lower manpower demands through use of digital twin technology and AI.

AxSTREAM ION has 4 core functions: program integration and automation, multi-disciplinary optimization, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and complete digital twin capabilities. AxSTREAM ION enables users to transfer data to and from different software programs automatically, iterating between design and analysis steps for new product development as well as visualize the digital version of a machine to investigate reliability and equipment aging against real world conditions. This provides engineering teams with additional capacity to work on new, cutting edge concepts and evaluate those concepts in an autonomous digital environment without sacrificing employee time and resources.

According to SoftInWay’s Chief Operating Officer Valentine Moroz, AxSTREAM ION is the way forward if companies wish to remain competitive. When asked to elaborate, Moroz said “The main benefit of the Industrial Revolution that took place almost 200 years ago, was the newly found ability to create goods on a mass scale quicker than ever thought possible. Fast forward to the present, the Digital Revolution, which ushered in the rise of computer aided engineering and design over 50 years ago, is now entering the next phase of progress: making digital engineering faster, and requiring less labor to do it. It’s not enough anymore to be able to create a turbomachine’s flowpath, perform CFD using the latest programs and meshing capabilities or even to run basic automation. You must make the process autonomous and use prior experience and machine learning to differentiate good designs from poor designs.  Do this and you’ll have: a long-lasting high-quality machine; spend less in development costs; and most importantly, have a happy customer. Like many others, we’ve been chasing the triangle of ‘good, fast, and cheap’. With AxSTREAM ION, we feel we finally achieved it.”

Moroz concluded by saying that this release will mark a new milestone for AxSTREAM ION. The capabilities being described above go well outside turbomachinery, empowering companies to develop a wide range of technology across many disciplines and industries. Through AxSTREAM ION, engineers will be able to simulate the full spectrum of operating conditions, from the time a product comes off the production line in the factory, to the end of its operating life cycle; making it easier to anticipate breakdowns, plan maintenance, and test the product at different operating conditions. AxSTREAM ION has already turned heads in the aerospace and defense industry as well as the automotive engineering world and is projected to spread in other fields following the launch of the newest version in quarter 2 of 2020.

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About SoftInWay

SoftInWay, Inc. is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems by offering its integrated and automated software platform, AxSTREAM ® for all steps of the turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization process (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation). SoftInWay also offers a number of engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

SoftInWay is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 certified and committed to providing our customers with products and services that meet international quality standards.

SoftInWay supports more than 450 companies worldwide, and works closely with universities, research laboratories, and government organizations. You can find more information at www.softinway.com

SoftInWay Inc.
1500 District Avenue
Burlington MA 01803 USA
Phone: 1-781-685-4942
Fax: 1-781-685-4601
E-mail: info@softinway.com

SoftInWay Announces “No Turbomachinery Engineer Left Behind!”

Engineering R&D Company enters its finest hour, offering free educational software and courses to engineers affected by the Covid-19 outbreak

Burlington, MA, March 31, 2020 – What began as a short campaign to give engineers an opportunity to learn while working remotely has reached hundreds of engineers all over the world. As a result, SoftInWay is announcing a new campaign to help engineers who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic which has left untold numbers of individuals jobless and many more on unpaid leave.

The campaign, called “No Turbomachinery Engineer Left Behind”, started as a promotion by SoftInWay to give engineers who were working remotely something to do with the extra time they now had, with many being ordered to stay home in order to help “flatten the curve”. Anyone who shared SoftInWay’s newsletter with information on staying safe during the pandemic, or the accompanying post on LinkedIn, was eligible to receive free access to a self-paced course of their choosing on SoftInWay’s Turbomachinery University. The promotion was met with overwhelming success and popularity and has been extended for an extra week to allow more engineers to take advantage of this offering as more stay-at-home orders are taking affect and social distancing becomes more important.

The campaign will now take on a more expanded meaning, as SoftInWay will be offering its proprietary AxSTREAM® educational software platform to engineers who have either lost their job or been indefinitely laid off as a result of the covid-19 outbreak and its affect on the economy. AxSTREAM EDU is currently utilized by hundreds of universities worldwide to foster learning the ins and outs of turbomachinery design in a non-commercial application in the same interface; this makes it a great tool for engineers and students to brush up on their design skills as well as get them familiar with the widely used AxSTREAM® platform.

Upon successful completion of any SoftInWay Turbomachinery Course, engineers will be given a certificate. Additionally, SoftInWay will help engineers find new careers via customer referral, allowing those who have become familiarized with AxSTREAM through “No Turbomachinery Engineer Left Behind” the opportunity to put their turbomachinery education to work for a company as soon as possible.

Kim Squillante, Director of Marketing for SoftInWay commented on the new campaign saying, “ This is a dark time for a lot of people, especially those who are being affected by this sudden and severe economic downturn that is paired with the coronavirus pandemic. We feel that offering our courses and software to engineers to help them learn new skills or improve their current repertoire is the least we can do. If it means more people will stay home, help to flatten the curve, and be able to find work with these certifications, we want to be part of that.”

Squillante believes that this new campaign will be “just what engineers need right now”, and hopes that by running this campaign during one of the darkest hours in recent memory, things will look a shade lighter than they had before.

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About SoftInWay

SoftInWay, Inc. is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems by offering its integrated and automated software platform, AxSTREAM ® for all steps of the turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization process (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation). SoftInWay also offers a number of engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

SoftInWay is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 certified and committed to providing our customers with products and services that meet international quality standards.

SoftInWay supports more than 450 companies worldwide, and works closely with universities, research laboratories, and government organizations. You can find more information at www.softinway.com

SoftInWay Inc.
1500 District Avenue
Burlington MA 01803 USA
Phone: 1-781-685-4942
Fax: 1-781-685-4601
E-mail: info@softinway.com

SoftInWay Group Begins Strategic Partnership with Avio SpA

Turbomachinery and Aerospace dream-team is formed in European Space Race

Zug, Switzerland, March 23, 2020 – SoftInWay Group and Avio SpA are pleased to announce a partnership in which they will work together to develop new propulsion systems for small satellite launchers. This new generation of technology aims to transform private and government access to space for research and commercial purposes.

For 2 decades, SoftInWay has been helping companies like Avio to develop more efficient and reliable turbomachinery and propulsion systems for applications in power generation, aerospace and space exploration, marine, and many more. With SoftInWay’s best-in-class software platform, AxSTREAM®, and engineering services, the company’s clients have been able to iterate conceptual propulsion systems and improve existing machines at an unprecedented rate regardless of if these clients are major aerospace players such as Boeing, Safran, and NLR, or smaller startups such as Orbex, and Reaction Engines.

Since its inception in 1908, Avio S.p.A. has been bringing cutting edge technology to the aerospace and defense industry. With its strong commitment towards product excellence in the global arena, Avio has been placing its focus on making space more accessible, cost effective, and environmentally friendly. Some of the notable projects undertaken by Avio include working on the ESA’s Vega space program for low earth orbit (LEO) missions as well as the Ariane mission backed by ESA with the Ariane Group as the main contractor.

“We’re very much looking forward to continuing our work with Avio.” said Valentine Moroz, COO of SoftInWay. “Both our teams have been focused for several years now on expanding our technological reach beyond traditional propulsion systems, to more advanced fluids, configurations, speeds and load capabilities. In any partnership, it is important to work together as a unit and with a track-record of successful collaboration between our two teams combined with a shared passion and dedication for innovation, we’re thrilled to see what’s in store for the new decade.

Both SoftInWay and Avio are excited about the opportunities this partnership will bring as they usher in a new era of launcher technology.

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About SoftInWay Group

SoftInWay Group is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems by offering its integrated and automated software platform, AxSTREAM ® for all steps of the turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization process (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation). SoftInWay Group also offers a number of engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

SoftInWay supports more than 450 companies worldwide, and works closely with universities, research laboratories, and government organizations.

You can find more information at www.softinway.com 

SoftInWay Group Inc.
Baarerstrasse 2 – 6300
Zug, Switzerland
Phone number: +41 44 586-1998
switzerland@softinway.com

About Avio S.p.A.

Avio is a leading international group engaged in the construction and development of space launchers and solid and liquid propulsion systems for space travel. The experience and knowhow built up over more than 50 years puts Avio at the cutting edge of the space launcher sector, solid, liquid and cryogenic propulsion and tactical propulsion. Avio operates in Italy, France and France Guyana with 5 facilities, employing approx. 1,000 highly-qualified personnel, of which approx. 30% involved in research and development. Avio is a prime contractor for the Vega programme and a sub-contractor for the Ariane programme, both financed by the European Space Agency (“ESA”), placing Italy among the limited number of countries capable of producing a complete spacecraft.

SoftInWay Gives Back to the Engineering Community

Turbomachinery Mainstay Donates Commercial Software to AIAA Competition for 9th year in a row.

Burlington, MA, March 2, 2020 – For the 9th year in a row, SoftInWay is sponsoring the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Undergraduate Engine Design Competition to design a gas turbine engine for a supersonic business jet. Engineering students from around the world come together for this competition and apply their talents and skills in a scenario very similar to what they will encounter in their professional careers.

Competitors will be challenged with designing a gas turbine engine to replace the current propulsion system on a supersonic business jet. The new engines should enable the plane to travel past the speed of sound and complete a transatlantic round trip in a day without generating sonic booms over land. Excess noise was part of the reason the famous Concorde supersonic airliner had to be retired, in addition to excessive fuel consumption and unaffordable airfare.

Using SoftInWay’s proprietary AxSTREAM® software platform, students will be able to design and analyze their supersonic engine concepts based on the required specifications while avoiding the pitfall of using multiple programs for different stages of the design process and needing to be proficient in multiple design programs.

“We love sponsoring these competitions, because it’s at the heart of what we do. We work with hundreds of colleges and universities supporting young engineers in their journey towards the professional world. Often, these students will go onto work for companies developing next generation aerospace technology such as a supersonic engine or turbopump in a rocket. And AxSTREAM will be there for them every step of the way.” Said Valentine Moroz, COO of SoftInWay, Inc. “What’s really exciting for us, is that previous winners in this competition used AxSTREAM to create their award-winning designs. The ideas these engineers develop today, can change the world tomorrow.”

“Thanks to SoftInWay’s software donation, students are able to use industry leading tools to simulate a real-world exercise. I have enjoyed their support in helping to develop critical thinkers as it applies to gas turbine engines through this competition.” Said Andrew Yatsko, Chair of the AIAA undergraduate engine design competition.

SoftInWay has a long history of working with educational and research institutes, supporting more than 300 universities around the world with its AxSTREAM® EDU platform. Additionally, SoftInWay has for years sponsored different competitions to design turbomachinery in the aviation industry as well as the space exploration business and power generation industry. Moroz concluded saying that the SoftInWay team is excited to see what these bright and talented engineering students will design in this competition, and proud to encourage creativity and innovation in these young engineers.

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About SoftInWay

SoftInWay, Inc. is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems by offering its integrated and automated software platform, AxSTREAM ® for all steps of the turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization process (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation). SoftInWay also offers a number of engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

SoftInWay is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 certified and committed to providing our customers with products and services that meet international quality standards.

SoftInWay supports more than 450 companies worldwide, and works closely with universities, research laboratories, and government organizations. You can find more information at www.softinway.com

SoftInWay Inc.
1500 District Avenue
Burlington MA 01803 USA
Phone: 1-781-685-4942
Fax: 1-781-685-4601
E-mail: info@softinway.com

SoftInWay Partners with Engineering Software Giant Siemens

Burlington, MA, February 14, 2020 –  SoftInWay Inc., the global market leader for turbomachinery design and analysis software has joined forces with the software arm of German powerhouse, Siemens. The new partnership with Siemens Digital Industries Software means a vast expansion of the software portfolio for SoftInWay’s clients. Dr. Leonid Moroz, CEO at SoftInWay commented: “In today’s digital world the design process is interconnected and interdisciplinary. We have seen through many of our clients that our own flagship software AxSTREAM is often embedded in a bigger digital design process. Whilst turbomachinery is the heart of our business, it is often a subsystem of larger systems. The new partnership with Siemens enables us to provide those embedded interdisciplinary solutions for our clients as a single vendor.”

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The new offering includes software products from Siemens’ Simcenter brand, namely the multi-physics simulation software STAR-CCM+ as well as Simcenter 3D and Siemens NX, one of the most powerful CAD packages in the market.  Dr. Moroz continues: “Our customers’ success is our utmost priority. Through the Siemens products, our clients can benefit from cutting edge CAE technology like topology optimization, non-linear structural analysis and complex CFD such as combustion and acoustics. There is almost no engineering problem we cannot solve now. In the past year we have made strategic hires to launch this partnership and expand our engineering know-how; and after quietly kicking off the partnership in November, we’re ready to hit the ground running in the new year marketing a joint solution.”

Through this partnership, SoftInWay remains at the forefront of the digital transformation it drives to its customers. The trend towards faster development cycles and digital design sign-off is continuing across all industries. The additional insight customers can gain by using these advanced CAE tools ultimately leads to an integrated solution to simulate and optimize entire systems and associated components. The Digital Twin market is estimated to grow to USD 35 billion by 2025 and the SoftInWay team is committed to expand their offerings further by integrating AxSTREAM with their new Siemens partner software for a holistic Digital Twin. This partnership will bring unmatched design and analysis solutions to drive market-leading innovation in the turbomachinery sector.

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About SoftInWay

SoftInWay, Inc. is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems by offering its integrated and automated software platform, AxSTREAM ® for all steps of the turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization process (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation). SoftInWay also offers a number of engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

SoftInWay is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 certified and committed to providing our customers with products and services that meet international quality standards.

SoftInWay supports more than 450 companies worldwide, and works closely with universities, research laboratories, and government organizations.

You can find more information at www.softinway.com

SoftInWay Inc.
1500 District Avenue
Burlington MA 01803 USA
Phone: 1-781-685-4942
Fax: 1-781-685-4601
E-mail: info@softinway.com

SoftInWay Wins USAF Contract to Develop Multi-Use Hypersonic Engine

Major Turbomachinery Player Begins New Decade with Hypersonic Engine R&D Project

Burlington, MA, January 22, 2020 –  It was announced today that SoftInWay, Inc. is kicking off a new project to develop a multi-use hypersonic engine. SoftInWay was awarded a Phase 1 SBIR contract through the AFWERX program to use its internally developed AxSTREAM® platform to explore the different potential applications of a hypersonic engine for both military use and commercial aviation. Development of such an engine has the potential to create a revolutionary form of flight, as it would propel aircraft up to 6 times the speed of sound.

SoftInWay’s engineers will put their extensive knowledge of turbomachinery to use by designing an engine that can be a propulsion system for different kinds of aircraft and applications. Potential uses for the engine include use on fighter-bombers, business jets, and space exploration craft.  Having such a modular and adaptable engine design would make spare parts more common as well as reduce redesign and development manufacturing costs. Additionally, it would ensure standardization of equipment in aircraft fleets and scalability.

When asked about the project, Valentine Moroz, COO of SoftInWay, Inc. said, “This project marks a milestone for both military and commercial R&D. Once more SoftInWay’s engineers will lead the charge in the next evolution for air and space travel. In power generation and clean energy, we were early adopters for sCO² as a cleaner, more efficient working fluid. Now we’ll take that same commitment and drive to advance science into the stratosphere. I should add, however, the sky is not the limit with this technology.  We’re excited to explore just how feasible this technology is for everything from enabling the ‘transcontinental commute’ to improving response times for military aircraft deployment, to creating a new generation of rapid-response countermeasures. The Concorde will probably never make a return, but that drive and desire for high-speed travel will live on thanks to hypersonic technology, and projects like this.”

SoftInWay is embodying the spirit of innovation as it has for more than 20 years; its engineers will strive to make hypersonic engines a regular technology in everything from travel to defense. Moroz and the SoftInWay team hope that Mach 6 travel will become an everyday occurrence, and not just the stuff of tech thrillers and science fiction novels.

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About SoftInWay

SoftInWay, Inc. is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems by offering its integrated and automated software platform, AxSTREAM ® for all steps of the turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization process (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation). SoftInWay also offers a number of engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

SoftInWay is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 certified and committed to providing our customers with products and services that meet international quality standards.

SoftInWay supports more than 450 companies worldwide, and works closely with universities, research laboratories, and government organizations.

You can find more information at www.softinway.com

SoftInWay Inc.
1500 District Avenue
Burlington MA 01803 USA
Phone: 1-781-685-4942
Fax: 1-781-685-4601
E-mail: info@softinway.com