File Exchange Pick of the Week

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X Steam, Thermodynamic properties of water and steam 4

Posted by Robert Bemis,

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.

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Quan replied on : 2 of 4

I like the new blog structure. We were thinking of doing something like that at blinkdagger as well! Looking forward to the new content

Brett replied on : 3 of 4

Bob, on the topic of graphically inclined submissions: I’d like to point out there are (as of this comment) 72 files in the MATLAB Central File Exchange “Gallery.” In fact, in its first week of existence, the most popular file on the File Exchange was just a beautiful (and animated!) graphic of a Viking ship; that file still gets several downloads every month. Magnus’s file is both graphical _and_ useful–a worthy pick!

Tom replied on : 4 of 4

Absolutely incredible. I have thought about developing a MATLAB function for this but the sheer scope of the project scared me! I have used MATLAB extensively for system modeling but I would always have to enter properties in manually. This function and it versatility is absolutely incredible.