File Exchange Pick of the Week

Our best user submissions

X Steam, Thermodynamic properties of water and steam

You may have noticed some recent changes in the format of this blog. Here’s what to expect on a regular basis – two topics per week.  
  • On Tuesdays Doug will provide MATLAB tutorials.
  • On Fridays guest bloggers Jiro, Brett and Bob will highlight File Exchange submissions.
Bob's pick this week is X Steam, Thermodynamic properties of water and steam by Magnus Holmgren. I was randomly browsing through File Exchange submissions and this one caught my attention. What it basically does is implement a standard to make nice plots like this. What struck me about this submission was a pretty good rating (4.5/5) based on 27 reviews. That's a lot of positive feedback! I don't know anything about steam power turbine design but apparently the 3200+ fans who have downloaded this submission over the past two years found it really useful. Looking at the Acknowledgments section this submission inspired Ideal Rankine Cycle GUI by Michael Agostini which in turn inspired several more submissions by David Forstot. It warms my heart to see MATLAB users build upon each others' work and ideas. That's what the File Exchange and social computing are all about. If you use MATLAB as a design tool, to somehow assist with reference standards for example, please tell us about it.

Published with MATLAB® 7.6

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