A smart pipe library
Every business has one. A faithful tool that has reached the end of its shelf life. Ours was called the PIPE.REF pipe reference file. Perhaps we let it hang around way beyond its useful shelf life. Open format text files just can't handle today's requirements.
Version 11 brings in a much more intelligent replacement tool, the PIPE.BPR pipe library. The new pipe library includes the concept of "materials". It even understands several common pipe materials and their physical properties such as Young's Modulus
and Poisson Ratio.
Pipe classes are defined within various pipe materials. Each pipe class allows its maximum allowable working head to be specified.
You can define multiple pipe products, being nominal diameter sizes, supplied by pipe manufacturers within a pipe class. You can define the external diameter, wall thickness and any liner thickness. Given the physical dimensions of a pipe product and its material's physical properties, the software
calculates the pipe celerity values. Three different celerity
values are provided to cater for the various pipe restraint conditions.
The software reads existing legacy PIPE.REF files and does its best to create a new PIPE.BPR library containing each pipe size found in the original PIPE.REF file. Users need to complete this conversion by adding information about pipe materials and pipe dimensions such as wall thickness. This conversion is highly beneficial, however is not trivial. Please contact us if you need help when upgrading your models.
The pipe library is editted and validated using a new set of forms built into the software.