Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the latest update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations.
AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive software application for pipe stress analysis. Users can increase productivity and improve quality control with an intuitive modelling environment and advanced analysis capabilities. The software package ensures that project teams maintain efficient workflows among pipe stress engineers, structural engineers and computer- aided design designers through interoperability with leading plant design applications.
Bentley analytical modelling senior VP Phil Christensen says that the addition increases the accuracy of the stress intensification factors for tees based on the work done with FEA 2012 and newer ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes, which prescribe the minimum requirements for the design, materials, fabrication, erection, test, inspection, operation, and maintenance of piping systems.
He notes that, with ASME B31J, which is the standard test method for determining stress intensification factors for metallic piping components, engineers can now access a feature technology preview that enables them to apply wind loads to their structural steel as well as their piping.
“This new analysis capability increases accuracy and more closely simulates actual conditions, such as the ability to visualise wind loads applied to the structure,” Christensen comments.
Additionally, he highlights that the new software package features an enhanced user interface that includes an updated ribbon toolbar. Christensen states that users can easily find commands using the new search command feature, which is a capability that offers instant access to command buttons and allows users to quickly perform powerful analysis on models of all sizes.
He points out that, as a Connect edition application, AutoPIPE also includes Connect Advisor, which empowers each user to easily master the use of their Bentley applications through personalised, in-application contextual learning.
Christensen remarks that users can browse, search, view and interact with feature-specific and workflow-related learning content without ever having to exit the application.
He says that a key to success for the software’s users is helping them prepare to do their best work when designing global infrastructure.
“We are excited to introduce Connect Advisor, which provides an at-your-fingertips learning environment for piping designers. We want to ensure that our users can leverage the best capabilities of AutoPIPE by providing context-specific content that enables them to learn quickly, and on the go, as they use the application,” Christensen concludes.