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Modeling Capabilities:
* Native 32-bit Windows application with an acclaimed user interface
*Multiple, independently resizable windows
* View Results, Graphics, Input and Details – all at the same time
* Industry standard OpenGL® graphics, capabilities include:
* Zoom, pan and rotate
* 3D Rendering
* Selective showing and plotting of various entities
* View from any direction (automatic iso and plan views)
* Color coded stress contour mapping
* Copy image from the graphics window to the clipboard
* Several graphics output formats - HPGL, DXF, EPS, EMF
* Plot of single line graphics to AutoCAD format
* Specify title for plot separate from model
* Print in color (Low/Medium/High Resolution, and Black/White background)
* No anisotropic graphical distortions upon window resizing
* Easy model generation and powerful editing features including numerous shortcuts
* Instantaneous error checking of input data

Various element types:
* Pipe
* Elbow/Bend (Flexibility factor, User SIF, Different material, Thickness, etc.)
* Miter bend (Flexibility factor, User SIF, Different material, Thickness, etc.)
* Jacketed pipe (with concentric core pipe being routed automatically along with jacket pipe)
* Jacketed bend (with concentric core bend being routed automatically along with jacket bend)
* Reducer (concentric and eccentric)
* Rigid element
* Valve
* Bellows
* Slip joint (with friction)
* Hinge joint (with friction and rotation limits)
* Ball joint (with friction and rotation limits)
* Beam (end releases, beta angle, shear deformation)
* Elastic element
* Tie rod (with different stiffnesses and gaps in tension/compression)
* Cold spring (cut short or long)

Various support types:
* Tag names for all supports (including Anchors and Nozzles)
* Rigid and flexible anchor
* Release anchors during hanger design
* Two-way rigid restraint
* Skewed restraint (translational or rotational)
* Guide (with gap, friction and stiffness)
* Hangers
* Variable spring support
* Constant support
* User defined
* Rod hanger
*Limit stop (with gap, friction and stiffness)
* Snubber (rigid or flexible)
* Generic Support
* Supports can be connected to other nodes

Other useful data:
* Flange
* Force and moment
* Jacket end cap
* Spider (ties core pipe to jacket pipe)
* Nozzles attached to cylindrical and spherical shells
* Weld
* Threaded joint
* Concentrated mass
* SIFs (tee, branch, and such) as per Piping Codes listed below and ASME B31J

Built-in databases:
* Pipe sizes (ISO, ANSI, JIS and DIN, including bend radius data)
* Insulation materials (densities)
* Over 30 spring hanger catalogs
* Flanges (weights, SIFs) for ASME and DIN
* Large Valve library (types, lengths, weights); User-definable too
* Material libraries for commonly used materials and codes (user-definable too)
* B31.1 and B31.3 Material libraries with over 400 materials
* Nozzle flexibilities according to WRC 297, API 650 and PD5500
* SIF values for different components from each piping code
* AISC library of beam sections (user-definable too)
* Spectrum Libraries corresponding to EL Centro, Uniform Building Code and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Guide 1.60

Piping codes:
* B31.1
* B31.1 (1967)
* B31.3
* B31.4
* B31.5
* B31.8
* B31.9
* ASME Section III, Class 2 (1980, 1986, 1992 and 2015)
* European EN 13480
* French RCC-M and CODETI
* Swedish
* Dutch Stoomwezen
* Norwegian
* British BS 806
* Canadian Z183
* Canadian Z184
* Canadian Z662

Rotating equipment:
* NEMA SM-23 (Turbines)
* API 610 (Vertical and Horizontal pumps)
* ANSI/HI 9.6.2 (Rotodynamic pumps)
* API 617 (Compressors)
*Internal and External Pressure Design of pipe and pipe fittings as per SS EN 13480-3 (2017)
* Flange stresses as per ASME Sec. VIII Div. 1
* Calculation of allowable loads on nozzles to spherical and cylindrical shells as per EN 13445-3 (2009)

* Friction in Ball, Hinge and Slip joints
* Gaps and friction in Limit stops and Guides
* Rotation limits in Ball and Hinge joints,
* Tension/compression stiffnesses and gaps in Tie rods
*Nozzle stiffnesses
* WRC 297
* API 650
* PD 5500

Units in any combination:
* SI
* Metric
* English
* Any combination of above

List window – Fully editable and printable:
* Display/edit itemized listings of components/materials/sections/etc. with all details
* Many keyboard shortcuts for quick and efficient operation
* Node search feature
* Comments in the model (make as many comments anywhere)

Block and Edit operations:
* Generate new piping from existing piping
* Change material, pipe size, and temperature and pressure in one click
* Changes immediately updated in all open windows
* Edit, split and combine elements
* Merge models interactively
* Copy and Paste single or multiple elements with supports (including user defined allowable loads)
* Extensive Find and Replace command
* Powerful multiple UNDO and REDO command
* Finding and Editing of Comment texts

Additional Features:
*Automatic backup and periodic saving of model data
*Default settings for ease of use
* When a bend is input, by default, the radius, radius type, thickness, material and flexibility factor from the previous bend are used.
* When a hanger is input, the defaults are set from the previous hanger.
*Conversion of a time function to a force spectrum
*Local coordinate system shown for most elements including a nozzle
*Automatic node number increment (can be turned off)
*Specify slope for an element
*Large model sizes (7,000 elements with node numbers up to 99,999)
*Redefining a model's vertical axis without affecting the layout
*Rotate sections of piping model

Expertise Required: 

Easy to learn software by following the steps in our Tutorials listed here:


CAEPIPE Benefits:
*Multiply Your Productivity — Use CAEPIPE's elegantly simple and intuitive user-interface for rapid modeling and editing, powerful analyses with quick solution times, and easy results review.
*Expand Your Capabilities — Model and analyze in 3D for effects of weight, 10 sets of pressures and temperatures, earthquake, wind, time varying and harmonic loads, and more.
*Explore the Possibilities — Perform easy "what if" scenarios to evaluate alternate designs.
*Ensure Your Compliance — Meet the requirements of piping codes (ASME B31, ASME Section III, European EN and many other international codes) and equipment standards (NEMA, API, etc.).
*Streamline Your Workflow — Import piping geometry and design data from 3D pipe design software such as AutoCAD Plant 3D, PDMS, PDS/SmartPlant, Autoplant and more.
*Share Your Work — Export data to major 3D piping design systems such as PDMS and CADMATIC and to PCF format (to help in generation of piping isometrics, GA drawings, Bill of Materials (BOM), etc.)
*Present Your Ideas — Display designs with industry-standard OpenGL ® graphics.
*Make Your Case — Create clear, formatted reports with a few clicks.
*Convince Your Customers — Let them evaluate your designs using the FREE Evaluation version of CAEPIPE, which doubles as a pipe stress model and results viewer. In other words, Evaluation version allows you to view the details of large stress models and their results. No other pipe stress software gives you this powerful capability!
*Reduce Your Costs — Choose among cost-effective pricing options, save engineering time, and optimize your design.

Major Capabilities: 
Load Calculations
Code Compliance
Building Type: 
Pipe Calculations
Mac OS X
Free To Try
Help and Support: 
Free Email Support
Peer Support Forum
Free Phone Support
Subscription Email Support
Subscription Phone Support
Last Software Update: 
22 June 2018
Last Entry Update: 
02 October 2018
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