Cost-effective and accurate design for safe operation

AutoPIPE Vessel is a vessel analysis and design software designed to save engineers and designers time and increase the quality of the design and analysis of pressure vessels by having fully automated workflows, complete global codes, and applied loadings.

Optimize vessel design and manufacturing

With AutoPIPE Vessel, you can evaluate alternatives and provide quality solutions for loading and manufacturing scenarios in just minutes. It provides support for details and drawings as well as installation and operating conditions. Plus, with fatigue analysis, installation and support-in-place design and analysis, pressure testing, automatic drawing production, and cost estimation, you can ensure you are providing a complete design.

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Maximize productivity

AutoPIPE Vessel provides you accurate, cost-effective designs for the safe operation of vessels under various loading conditions such as wind, seismic, wave, motion, vortex shedding, and blast loading and can be used on brownfield or greenfield projects. By enabling the use of material standards and a wide range of design codes including those from many prior years, it improves flexibility for revamping existing vessels. AutoPIPE Vessel helps reduce design time, eliminate rework, and is easy to use so you can get started quickly.

AutoPIPE Vessel Reference piping model for vessel analysis

Improve collaboration

Your project team members can collaborate efficiently, reduce the number of iterations and errors, and provide high-quality designs by taking advantage of a unified workflow from data handover to operations and maintenance. Share data with plant design applications such as AutoPLANT and PDS. You can even reference your piping model and import nozzle loads from AutoPIPE. Export directly to IFC and ISM file types.

Technical Capabilities

Pressure Vessels

  • Pressure vessel types: reactor on skirt, limped coil, column or vertical vessel on support brackets or legs or skirt, horizontal vessel on saddle, double jacket, or boiler
  • Seven international vessel design codes to ASME VIII Division 1 & 2, including ASME, GB-150, BS PD 5500, EN 13445, AD Merkblatter, CODAP, and GOST R 52857 dating as far back as 1988
  • Jacket design to ASME VIII Appendix 9, PD 5500, CODAP, and GOST
  • Nozzle reinforcement and flange design to all major global standards including EN 13445 Annex G/EN 1591
  • Full fatigue analysis of welded components to ASME VIII, PD 5500, CODAP, ADM, GOST, and EN 13445
  • Multiple guided column supports with stiffness
  • Vertical vessels on rigid or flexible anchor base, legs or brackets, horizontal vessels with multiple saddles with rigid or spring stiffness
  • Comprehensive lifting and rigging analysis evaluated every 10 degrees for on-site installation
  • Comprehensive in-situ design, transportation, and installation design tools built-in
  • Pressure testing design analysis covering all on-site environment conditions
  • Perform wind vortex shedding analysis

Additional

  • Powered by Microprotol
  • Comprehensive vessel, piping, and structural components including trays, packing, stiffening rings, platforms, saddles, legs, brackets, bellows, lifting lugs and trunnions, internal lining, insulation, piping loads, and pipe coils
  • Comprehensive import from and export to 3D CAD formats including PDS (3D), MicroStation (2D and 3D), AutoCAD (2D and 3D DWG), AutoPLANT (3D), and Solidworks (3D)
  • U.S. customary and SI units
  • Smart import of sustained, thermal, and occasional loading from Bentley AutoPIPE
  • Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Croatian, and Russian (fully customizable dictionary)
  • QA formatted Microsoft Word reports for all designed components and full vessel loading cases, including bending moment diagrams, weld, nozzle, and flange sketches and full design code references
  • Governing load case (operating, installation, hydrotest, wind, blast, shutdown, or seismic) is reported for the calculation of each component thickness
  • Machine plate fabrication
  • Plate cutting profiles, optimized welding pattern
  • Interface to NC machines
  • Standard nozzle load tables available
  • Local load analysis to PD 5500 Annex G or G.2.8 Alt. rules, WRC 107/297, EN 13445, GOST, Roark
  • Saddle design with Zick analysis to ASME VIII Div 2, PD 5500,CODAP, EN 13445, AD, and GOST
  • Link to NozzlePRO for Finite Element analysis
  • Comprehensive material databases for ASME, DIN, EN, GB-150, BS, GOST, ASTM, and NF (French) materials
  • Customizable company standards for saddle supports and nozzle loading
  • Multiple codes for occasional loading including wind, vortex shedding, seismic, wave, and blast loading

Optimized Design

  • Erected, lifting, operating, test, and shutdown loading conditions evaluated
  • Nozzle reinforcement, flange design, support design, and vessel deflection and rotation
  • Automatic detailed cost estimations (fully customizable in Excel)

Automatic Drawing Production

  • Automated detailed drawings in seconds
  • Create 2D drawings in MicroStation and AutoCAD, and 3D models in MicroStation, AutoCAD and Solidworks with a click of a button
  • Fully dimensioned engineering and manufacturing drawings
  • White space management and configurable drawing sheet layout
  • Customizable data, and connection details to meet manufacturer standards
  • Bill of materials to meet company standard
Pressure Vessels

Pressure Vessels

  • Pressure vessel types: reactor on skirt, limped coil, column or vertical vessel on support brackets or legs or skirt, horizontal vessel on saddle, double jacket, or boiler
  • Seven international vessel design codes to ASME VIII Division 1 & 2, including ASME, GB-150, BS PD 5500, EN 13445, AD Merkblatter, CODAP, and GOST R 52857 dating as far back as 1988
  • Jacket design to ASME VIII Appendix 9, PD 5500, CODAP, and GOST
  • Nozzle reinforcement and flange design to all major global standards including EN 13445 Annex G/EN 1591
  • Full fatigue analysis of welded components to ASME VIII, PD 5500, CODAP, ADM, GOST, and EN 13445
  • Multiple guided column supports with stiffness
  • Vertical vessels on rigid or flexible anchor base, legs or brackets, horizontal vessels with multiple saddles with rigid or spring stiffness
  • Comprehensive lifting and rigging analysis evaluated every 10 degrees for on-site installation
  • Comprehensive in-situ design, transportation, and installation design tools built-in
  • Pressure testing design analysis covering all on-site environment conditions
  • Perform wind vortex shedding analysis
Additional

Additional

  • Powered by Microprotol
  • Comprehensive vessel, piping, and structural components including trays, packing, stiffening rings, platforms, saddles, legs, brackets, bellows, lifting lugs and trunnions, internal lining, insulation, piping loads, and pipe coils
  • Comprehensive import from and export to 3D CAD formats including PDS (3D), MicroStation (2D and 3D), AutoCAD (2D and 3D DWG), AutoPLANT (3D), and Solidworks (3D)
  • U.S. customary and SI units
  • Smart import of sustained, thermal, and occasional loading from Bentley AutoPIPE
  • Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Croatian, and Russian (fully customizable dictionary)
  • QA formatted Microsoft Word reports for all designed components and full vessel loading cases, including bending moment diagrams, weld, nozzle, and flange sketches and full design code references
  • Governing load case (operating, installation, hydrotest, wind, blast, shutdown, or seismic) is reported for the calculation of each component thickness
  • Machine plate fabrication
  • Plate cutting profiles, optimized welding pattern
  • Interface to NC machines
  • Standard nozzle load tables available
  • Local load analysis to PD 5500 Annex G or G.2.8 Alt. rules, WRC 107/297, EN 13445, GOST, Roark
  • Saddle design with Zick analysis to ASME VIII Div 2, PD 5500,CODAP, EN 13445, AD, and GOST
  • Link to NozzlePRO for Finite Element analysis
  • Comprehensive material databases for ASME, DIN, EN, GB-150, BS, GOST, ASTM, and NF (French) materials
  • Customizable company standards for saddle supports and nozzle loading
  • Multiple codes for occasional loading including wind, vortex shedding, seismic, wave, and blast loading
Optimized Design

Optimized Design

  • Erected, lifting, operating, test, and shutdown loading conditions evaluated
  • Nozzle reinforcement, flange design, support design, and vessel deflection and rotation
  • Automatic detailed cost estimations (fully customizable in Excel)
Automatic Drawing Production

Automatic Drawing Production

  • Automated detailed drawings in seconds
  • Create 2D drawings in MicroStation and AutoCAD, and 3D models in MicroStation, AutoCAD and Solidworks with a click of a button
  • Fully dimensioned engineering and manufacturing drawings
  • White space management and configurable drawing sheet layout
  • Customizable data, and connection details to meet manufacturer standards
  • Bill of materials to meet company standard
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is AutoPIPE Vessel? What is AutoPIPE Vessel used for?

AutoPIPE Vessel is a vessel analysis and design software that enables you to fully automate workflows, complete global codes, and applied loadings. You can save time while increasing the quality of your design and analysis of pressure vessels, heat exchangers, tanks, and air coolers.

What is the best pressure vessel design software?

Bentley AutoPIPE Vessel provides you accurate, cost-effective designs for the safe operation of vessels under various loading conditions. It allows you to evaluate alternatives and provide quality solutions for loading and manufacturing scenarios in just minutes. AutoPIPE Vessel enables your project team members to collaborate efficiently, reduce the number of iterations and errors, and provide high-quality designs by taking advantage of a unified workflow from data handover to operations and maintenance.

Where can I find AutoPIPE Vessel tutorials?

While lots of AutoPIPE Vessel tutorials can be found on Bentley Communities, here are some FREE AutoPIPE Vessel learning resources available at Virtuosity, a Bentley Company.

Where can I get AutoPIPE Vessel training or find AutoPIPE Vessel courses?

If you want to receive tailored training or attend an AutoPIPE Vessel course that is specific to your project requirement, Virtuosity offers extra training and mentoring services. You can choose from tailor-made training, on-demand learning, consulting services, mentoring and more. Learn more about Expert Services at Virtuosity here.

What is the price of AutoPIPE Vessel? How much does AutoPIPE Vessel cost?

A practitioner license of AutoPIPE Vessel from Virtuosity.com costs $3,976 USD and can include codes like US, British, French, German, and European codes. Prices vary per region. While there are various types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Virtuosity, Bentley’s eCommerce store. When you purchase through Virtuosity you get a Virtuoso Subscription which means you get both the software AND the training, expert services, and custom mentoring you need to get started quickly.

System Requirements

Processor

Pentium III or higher

Operating System

Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit), Windows 8 or 8.1 (32- or 64-bit), Windows 10 (32- or 64-bit)

Software

Microsoft Office 2003 or higher
Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher

Memory

256 MB RAM

Hard Disk

1GB

Video Graphics Card

Any industry-standard video card that supports OpenGL 3D graphics

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