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. Project Dalton helps you understand how your systems will perform when subjected to different operating parameters and routing options. Project Dalton accepts the industry standard PCF file format as the method to import and describe the piping system, and input can be imported from a variety of design tools supporting this format. You then set physical and operating parameters for your system and solve for a variety of results, including pressure, velocity, flow rate, mass flow rate, and Reynolds Number. Results are presented graphically and are available for export and post processing via text files.
On Thursday of last week I posted an updated build from the team. The team expanded the audience for the technology preview so they could collect feedback from:
users. That means you can use the stand-alone version for Windows or Mac or the add-on that is now compatible with 2014 or 2015 products. In line with this, the team has extended the technology preview to November 12, 2014 to provide more time for feedback.
At the end of a technology preview, unless another technology preview is held, one of two things happens:
- The technology graduates to another form, for example a beta. or gets incorporated as a new feature in a future version of an existing product.
- The technology retires and is no longer available. It may resurface at a later date in the same or different form.
Which path a technology takes depends on the feedback received during the technology preview. The Dalton team is on the fence right now. They need to hear from you. So please share your thoughts with us at [email protected] or in the forum on the Autodesk Labs project. To get the new build, visit the project today:
Do or die time is alive in the lab.