AFT Fathom

AFT Fathom logo.

AFT Fathom is a general-purpose pipe network analysis tool that can be used to simulate any incompressible fluid flow problem. Fathom is widely used to design chilled water and hot water systems, fire suppression systems, water distribution, chemical process plants, and HVAC duct systems. Fathom includes extensive built-in databases of fluids (liquids and gases), pipe materials, pipe fittings, and insulation materials. Fathom includes integrated heat transfer capabilities to model piping heat transfer and heat exchangers. Screen Shots

Keywords

design, pump selection, pipe analysis, duct design, duct sizing, chilled water systems, hot water system

Validation/Testing

N / A

Expertise Required

Engineering background in piping or duct design required to use software correctly. No special knowledge of computers required.

Users

Estimated 8,000 -10,000 current users.

Audience

Mechanical, energy, chemical, architectural engineers working for manufacturing, architectural, consulting, and utilities companies and research universities and research laboratories.

Input

Pipe or duct specifications and components (fittings, pumps, control valves, etc.) are drawn and entered into the graphical user interface.

Output

Tabular or graphical output of over 100 calculated variables.

Computer Platform

All IBM PC computers running Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or 2000.

Programming Language

Visual Basic

Strengths

Easy to use graphical interface allows users to set up problems and get results quickly. Full featured pipe network analysis tool can solve networks of any size and has integrated heat transfer analysis with variable fluid properties. Complete representation of pump behavior with efficiency and NPSHA allows users to size pumps and investigate energy efficient pumping designs with variable speed pump drives.

Weaknesses

Software only models steady-state flows. Quasi-steady time-varying flow conditions must be modeled as different scenarios for each time period of interest.

Contact

Company:

Applied Flow Technology

Address:

PO Box 6358
Woodland Park, CO 80866
United States

Telephone:

800-589-4943

Facsimile:

719-686-1001

E-mail:

support@aft.com

Website:

http://www.aft.com

Availability

Full license for stand-alone or network installation for Fathom 5.0 is $1495. Volume discounts and educational discounts to universities are available. Contact Applied Flow Technology for more information.