Colorado State University Adds Concepts NREC’s Software for Turbomachinery Design into Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT, USA, Aug 10, 2021 - Concepts NREC is pleased to announce the successful inclusion of the Agile Engineering Design System into Colorado State University’s Mechanical Engineering course curriculum on turbomachinery design. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) aims to provide practical engineering experience to complement the theoretical underpinnings of undergraduate and graduate coursework. Co-taught by CSU Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Wajid Ali Chishty and turbomachinery aeromechanical design expert Mr. Eric Krivitzky of the independent Thermofluid Research Lab, the course focuses on bridging the gap between foundational knowledge of the classroom and application of that knowledge to engineering problems.
“Students can get lost in the parameter-rich space of turbomachinery design, particularly if they are brand new to the terminology and topic. Using advanced tools, such as those of the Agile suite, in a classroom setting can help streamline the learning process, as students are able to quickly zero in on how design decisions are linked to the underlying physics, enabling a richer understanding of the design process and challenges encountered within turbomachinery”, Mr. Krivitzky said.
“An essential objective of the turbomachinery course, an integral part of the ME curriculum at CSU, is to expose students to hands-on design experience”, Dr. Chishty said. “The tools provided by Concepts NREC allowed the students to apply the theoretical knowledge gained during the course to the practical design and performance analysis of turbomachinery components. Despite the pandemic forcing a remote format, students were able to rapidly come up to speed on the software and make meaningful forays into the design process and tradeoff analysis.”
“I found that this experience was very helpful as it turned everything we have been doing into a 3D visualization of the actual compressor or turbine. It’s nice to be able to see what all of our calculations have been about or actually do in 3D.” - CSU Mechanical Engineering Student
Dr. Peter Weitzman, President of the software business at Concepts NREC commented, “Concepts NREC was founded, in part, to provide education on turbomachinery technology for widespread use, and is excited to partner with research labs and educational institutions around the world to help drive innovation and education in the turbomachinery field. These relationships benefit all involved: the schools have CAE software optimized for turbomachinery design to enhance their academic missions, students get experience on industry-leading software used by many global companies, and Concepts NREC gets valuable feedback to continue improving our products.”
About Concepts NREC
For over 60 years, Concepts NREC has been a strategic partner to many of the world’s leading turbomachinery companies. We are the only company in the world that offers a complete in- house solution – from initial concept through design software, manufacturing, testing, and installation. To learn more visit www.conceptsnrec.com.
Concepts NREC’s Agile Engineering Design System is a complementary suite of programs for Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) that covers the entire design process — from preliminary sizing through fluid dynamics and mechanical stress and vibration analysis. Final designs can be easily imported into our industry-leading CAM software, MAX-PAC™, to create efficient 5-axis machining strategies. To learn more, visit our software page.
About Colorado State University
As one of the nation’s top public research universities, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a land-grant institution, with enrollment of more than 33,000 students. CSU offers 76 undergraduate degree programs, 114 graduate degree programs, 21 professional master’s degree programs, and a Professional Veterinary Medicine program. CSU’s world-class research and scholarship attract more than $400 million in research funding annually, putting the university among top federally funded public universities without a medical school. Colorado’s Front Range is a high-tech hub with companies such as Woodward, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Broadcomm, AMD, Xilinx, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman located in or near Fort Collins.
About CSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at CSU offers a curriculum that integrates exceptional classroom learning and in-depth engineering practice for an unparalleled educational experience. Made up of 42 faculty members, 12 staff members, 1,000 undergraduate students, and 125 graduate students, ME is one of the largest departments and most popular majors on CSU’s campus. State-of-the-art labs provide unmatched, hands-on experience to help undergraduate students conceptualize industry environments. About $7.5M in annual research funding provides groundbreaking opportunities focusing on health, materials, and energy for graduate students to enhance their educational concentrations. Award-winning faculty offer industry and academic perspective and equip each graduate with the tools needed to obtain leading positions in advanced technology fields. The mechanical engineering program at CSU includes majors in both Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering-Mechanical Engineering – programs that combine classroom learning with engineering practice. Undergraduate and graduate students are integral members of research groups. For more information about the department, go to www.engr.colostate.edu/me.