This provides the ability to have Fathom automatically alter input variables in search of one or more desired results.
Without this module, users build a model with certain desired outputs (such as pressure, flow, temperatures, differential pressures etc.). If you don't get the result you want, you change one or more input variables, and run again.
With only one variable, it is quite easy to iterate manually to achieve one desired output variable, but if you have more than one input variable that influences one or more output variables, the number of required iterations quickly becomes extremely time-consuming and burdensome.
This is where GSC comes in. You can simply tell Fathom what variables you wish to vary, and what the desired outputs are. Fathom will perform dozens, thousands or millions of iterations until it finds the desired results.
Variables that can be used as variables or goals include:
This module provides the ability to transition through a range of steady-state solutions, where one or more input variables are changing in the input. For example, if you want to observe system behavior over the course of a tank emptying, or a control valve adjusting, the XTS module will allow you to input these behaviors and report the output in one report without having to run a series of individual steady-state solutions manually. Note that for high-speed variations in flow involving wavespeed considerations, Impulse is the product for these applications.
This module allows you to apply costing data to your pipe, component and even energy consumption data.
Most of the cost of a typical piping or ducting system is fixed in the initial stages of design where system sizing is determined. Traditional methods impose too much distance between this design stage and cost determination, obscuring the impact of design decisions on system costs.
By calculating system costs, the CST module lets you tightly integrate your design and cost estimating process, eliminating the barriers to development of cost effective designs. In conjunction with AFT Fathom's energy cost calculation capabilities, the impact of design decisions on both fixed and life cycle costs are clearly shown.
The CST module provides a flexible means of defining system component and piping costs in databases that may be accessed by your AFT Fathom model. In addition to the traditional hydraulic information, output now also contains the total cost and a cost breakdown by component.
The CST cost module databases provide the freedom to arrange your cost data as you want, whether it be by component type, equipment category, project or almost any arrangement that fits your needs.
Database Manager lets you easily move data between databases, create new databases and manage the data used in your system model. In addition to your own data, the CST module integrates with Aspen Icarus KbaseTM and an optional MeansDataTM module, allowing ready access to the extensive cost information available in these industry standards.