Pipe Stress Analysis Software
Engineering Software for Piping Analysis & Design
RFEM provides the RF‑PIPING and RF‑PIPING Design add‑on modules for piping modeling and design.
Piping analysis can be performed for the entire structure that is in interaction with the support structure. This and consideration of the supporting structure flexibility in pipelines provides for realistic piping design.
Structural engineering FEA software RFEM is the basis of a modular software system. RFEM is used to define structures, materials, and loads for planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells and members. The program also allows you to create combined structures as well as model solid and contact elements.
RF‑PIPING can model pipelines and define loads conforming to relevant standards.
It is possible to define specific piping components such as valves, reducers, fittings, flanges, tees, expansion joints, and others, and consider them together with the supporting structure.
For dynamic analysis of piping systems, there are various add‑modules available for determination of natural vibrations and mode shapes, forced vibration analysis and generation of equivalent lateral loads for earthquakes.
Knowledge Base | Piping Systems
Wall Thickness Allowances
For stress calculations, some standards use ‘analysis wall thickness’, which we get by subtracting corrosion, abrasion allowance, manufacturing allowances (threading, grooving, etc.), and mill tolerances from nominal wall thickness. All needed values can be entered in the ‘Piping Cross‑Section’ dialog box, ‘Stress Analysis Parameters’ tab.
Automatic Load Combination
Like in RFEM, load combinations can be automatically generated in RF‑PIPING. This feature is activated by default and creates the recommended load and result combinations for piping design. It is necessary to assign the relevant action category to load cases in order to generate correct combinations. For this, there are new action categories implemented specifically for loads on piping.
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