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