TwinBlade reduces operating and maintenance costs because wear from abrasive dust loads doesn't increase energy consumption over time.
Blade erosion in flue gas axial fans increases operating costs due to reduced fan efficiency. Positioning two non-profiled blades on one common blade base, says Håkan Bard, head of development at ABB Ventilation Products, results in substantially less wear than the corresponding airfoil blade. Even with some wear developing at the leading edge, fan peak efficiency is unaffected. In addition to fewer components, the "PF TwinBlade" promises no increase in power consumption due to wear, low impeller inertia, and less blade bearing/linkage maintenance.
James Schick, Flakt Fangroup Inc., 1110 Main Place Tower, Buffalo, NY 14202-0420; Tel: (716) 845-0200; E-Mail: james.h.schick.us.abb.com. For a TwinBlade animation, visit www.abb.com/fangroup; For more information, circle 510
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Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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