Add-on Modules - Piping Systems
RFEM provides the RF‑PIPING and RF‑PIPING Design add‑on modules for pipe modeling and design.
Analysis and design can be applied to all piping systems in addition to interaction with the supporting structure all in one program. This allows for quick adjustment of the elements considered as well as realistic structure to piping interaction.
The RF‑PIPING module is used for modeling piping systems and defining loads conforming to standards.
It is possible to define specific piping components such as valves, fittings, flanges, tees, expansion joints, and others, and consider them together with the supporting structure.
The RF‑PIPING Design add‑on module compares the existing pipe stresses with the allowable stresses according to ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3, and EN 13480‑3.
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After activating the RF‑PIPING add‑on module, a new toolbar is available in RFEM and the project navigator and tables are extended. Piping modeling is performed in a similar way as members. Pipe bends are defined by using tangents (straight pipe sections) and bend radius at the same time. Thus, it is easy to subsequently change bend parameters.
It is also possible to extend the piping subsequently by defining special components (expansion joints, valves, and others). The implemented libraries of structural components facilitate the definition.
Continuous pipe sections are defined as sets of piping systems. For piping loads, member loads are assigned to the respective load cases. The combination of loads is included in piping load combinations and result combinations. After the calculation, you can display deformations, member internal forces and support forces graphically or in tables.
Pipe stress analysis according to standards can then be performed in the RF‑PIPING Design add‑on module. You only need to select the relevant sets of piping systems and load situations.