Turbine Technologies, Ltd., an educational lab equipment
manufacturer, has announced the release of the RankineCycler, a tool
that gives students hands-on experience operating a fossil-fuel burning
The RankineCycler is a desktop-size power plant designed
especially for use in engineering classrooms. Its boiler routes steam
to an axially-bladed turbine that runs a four-pole generator. The
turbine's exhaust steam enters a cooling tower to condense and
recycle the steam into water for the boiler.
Students use the RankineCycler, equipped with a data
acquisition system that monitors such rates as fuel flow, generator
output, pressure, and temperature, to conduct experiments related
to energy balance and efficiency.
For more information on the educational power plant,
SOFTWARE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Ballantine & Company, Inc., has recently introduced four new
desktop software products for use by small- to mid-sized businesses.
Smart Tools Contact Manager, Smart Tools Project Manager, QuickAssist
2.5, and QuickGantt 4.0 offer high-quality information management
to business professionals in fields like architecture and engineering.
Smart Tools Contact Manager allows users to create, organize, and
share contact and project information, while Smart Tools Project Manager
utilizes a worksheet environment that is similar to the well-known
Microsoft Project program. Both Smart Tools products feature data
sharing capabilities with Intuit's QuickBooks 2002 software.
QuickAssist 2.5 is an update of Ballantine's contact management
and communications software. Version 2.5 features enhancements of
the program's three main tools: e-mail, contact management,
and word processing.
QuickGantt 4.0 is the latest version of Ballantine's project
management software. The upgrade includes greater flexibility to customize
worksheets designed with busy professionals in mind.
For more details on any of Ballantine's four new programs,