Project Dalton is our free technology preview of a 1D flow analysis tool that allows you to develop and analyze complex piping systems and distribution networks. It helps you understand how systems will perform when subjected to different operating parameters and routing options. You start by importing a PCF file that describes your piping system. You then set physical and operating parameters, and Project Dalton solves for a variety of results, including pressure, velocity, flow rate, mass flow rate, and Reynolds Number. The results are presented graphically and are available for export and post processing via text files. How cool is that?
On Thursday, the team provided me with an updated build that I posted to the Autodesk Labs site. This update contains defect corrections based on user feedback. Last month's update extended the technology preview to January 3, 2016. All technology previews have a built-in time-bomb so no one confuses them with perpetual functionality.
The Project Dalton installer installs a stand-alone application as well as plug-ins for Revit and AutoCAD Plant 3D if you have those applications on your system. They are enabled as plug-ins accessible from the application ribbon so you can access the Dalton functionality from within the design applications with native Revit or Plant geometry without needing to export to PCF, and the commands/results are available from within the applications. This is very handy.
You can join the project and try it yourself:
We make technology previews available via Autodesk Labs, so that we can get your feedback. We need affirmation for the technology to take the next step. Remember that downloading something, trying it, liking it, but not telling us, is the same as not trying it. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or the dedicated discussion forum on the project.
Time extension is alive in the lab.