AutoPIPE Vessel CONNECT Edition v41 (v41.00.00.006) Readme File


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Product  Bentley AutoPIPE Vessel CONNECT
Version v41.00.00.006


Date Posted

English - Jan 2019


Microsoft Windows 7 Professional or higher (with Service Pack 1) 
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional or higher
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or higher
32 or 64 bit OS

.NET Framework

3.5 SP1

What is New & Changed in AutoPIPE® Vessel

CONNECT Edition v41 (v41.00.00.006: 2019-01)

The following outline identifies new features and enhancements which have been implemented and the major defects which have been fixed.

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  • Codes/Standards Update
    • EN 13445-3:2014+A3:2017
    • CODAP 2015 revision 07/18
    • IS 1893 - 2015
  • Legs Support
    • AISC Unity Check Method.
  • Flanges
    • External loads can be defined on standard Nozzle Flanges (ASME Code Case 2901).
    • The Flange rigidity ratio can be defined by the user.
    • The Flange allowable stress factor can be defined by the user.
  • Drawings
    • Added additional dimensioning sketches for TEMA types AHS / AJS Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers.
  • User Interface
    • CONNECT Advisor: Contextual Tab - As you work in the product, content that is applicable to your current action is shown here.
  • Expansion joint design based on Finite Element Analysis (FEA), in accordance with TEMA 9th edition, including stress linearization (based on ASME Sec. VIII, Div. 2, Part 5) and verification with ASME code allowable stresses, available on 64-bit OS only.
  • Vortex Shedding Calculations   [ Technology Preview ]
  • CONNECT Licensing - This product version utilizes CONNECT Licensing, which is not supported by SELECT activation key(s). CONNECT Licensing features new behavior to enhance your organization's user administration and security with mandatory user sign-in via CONNECTION Client to access the application. If you are already signed in to the CONNECTION Client, you have met this prerequisite. If you have not, please refer to the Administrator's Resource Center and/or contact your administrator for assistance in the registration and sign-in process.


NOTE: Problems described below represent specific issues with specific test cases. It is difficult to succinctly describe a problem and how it impacted the specific test case. If you have any questions about the issues discussed in this report, please contact your technical support.

  • User Interface
    • #935935: Insert/Add Nozzle issue - "Nozzle On Nozzle" removed
      #935951: Component Dialog issue - Simultaneous changes in diameter/thickness field and corrosion field are not saved.
      #938897: Anchor Dialog - Standard dimensions can no longer be selected
      #951845: The removal of a non-standard body flange (to be calculated) also removes the standard body flange
  • Calculation
    • #926791: EN 13445-3 Stainless steel Flange allowable stress calculation issue (general method chapter 11).
    • #945712: Local loads allowable stress at temperature based on tensile strength issue
    • #946658: Stacked heat exchanger bottom saddle bending moment issue
    • #985029: CODAP 2015 revision 07/18 - C3.1.9: beta_k coefficient is not correctly considered in the calculation of the thickness ey.

Customizable Files

NOTE: Version 2.4

  • Config\defval.xlsx (Default Values) (Updated)
  • Config\dimsha.xlsx (Beam Shape) (Updated)

Security Release Notes

  • Not applicable to this release.

AutoPIPE®  Vessel Requirements

Product Version

Product  Bentley AutoPIPE Vessel
Version v41.00.00.006
Language English

Installation Requirements

Access to the Internet required for product installation. The minimum system configuration for installation:

  • Operating System: 32 or 64 bit OS
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 or higher
    • Microsoft Windows 8 Professional or higher
    • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or higher

* For x64 operating systems you must install the accessdatabaseengine x64 which Microsoft delivers with Office 2010. You can download this from Microsoft's website.

When installing the product through the installer program, the required components will be installed automatically. If, however, you extract the package and then later run the EasyMultiInstall.vbs or the msi file to install the product, the Desktop Prerequisite Pack v08.11.09.xx must be installed on your workstation prior to the product installation. The RealDwg2012.msi should be installed after the product is installed. The Desktop Prerequisite Pack is available from the Web downloads/MySELECT CD area of SELECTservices Online. The contents of the Desktop Prerequisite Pack include:

  • Microsoft® Windows Installer Version 3.1v2
  • Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Microsoft® .NET Framework Version 4.5.1
  • Microsoft® XML Parser (MSXML) 6 SP 1 (32 bit)
  • Microsoft®XML Parser (MSXML) 6 SP 1 (64 bit)
  • Microsoft®Visual Basic for Applications core
  • Microsoft®Visual Basic for Applications localized
  • DirectX 9c
  • DHTML Editing Control for Applications

* RealDWG 2012 is required by some features and must be installed. RealDWG 2013 is not supported in this release.

Minimum Profile

The minimum recommended workstation profile for running AutoPIPE Vessel is:

Processor Intel® or AMD® processor 3.0 GHz or greater.

256 megabytes (Mb) of free (1) RAM minimum, 4096 Mb or more is preferred. AutoPIPE Vessel will utilize all available RAM. AutoPIPE Vessel performance is dependent on the size of the AutoPIPE Vessel model and the amount of available system resources.
(1) Free RAM refers to available RAM after all operating system processes have been loaded.

Hard Disk 4 GB free disk space. 
Video Graphics Card

Any industry-standard video card which supports OpenGL 3D graphics.
Screen resolution of 1280x1024 or greater.


AutoCAD x32 versions: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
AutoCAD x64 versions: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
SolidWorks x32 versions:  2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
SolidWorks x64 versions:  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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Download & Installation

See the AutoPIPE Vessel Quick Start Guide for more information on downloading and installing AutoPIPE Vessel.

To complete the licensing process, you must have the appropriate roles assigned by your Site Administrator by submitting a Service Request at

If you are experiencing problems logging into your Bentley account, please contact Bentley at 1-800-BENTLEY (1-800-236-8539). Outside the United States +1 610-458-5000.

Included Applications

AutoPIPE Vessel is installed from one executable. The configuration of AutoPIPE Vessel includes these features:

  • ASME VIII Div.1 & Div. 2 Code
  • BS PD 5500 Code
  • CODAP Div.1 & Div. 2 Code
  • European Standard EN 13445 Code
  • Russian GOST R 52857 Code
  • Chinese GB 150 Code
  • Considering pressure, temperature, external loads, wind, earthquake and local loads
  • Creating calculation report using English, French, German, Russian, Chinese language

Design Codes

Pressure Vessel/Heat Exchanger Code

Design Code Description Editions
AD/AD 2000-Merkblatt Code for Pressure Vessels (German Code) 2014-11, 2012-07, 2011-05, 2007-11, 2007-05, 2004-10, 2003-01, 2000-00, 1996-08, 1995-07, 1995-05, 1993-04, 1991-10, 1990-10
API 650 Welded Tanks for Oil Storage 2016-01, 2014-09, 2013-03, 2011-09
ASME VIII Division 1 Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels 2017-07, 2015-07, 2013-07, 2011-07, 2010-07, 2009-07, 2008-07, 2006-07, 2005-07, 2004-07, 2003-09, 2002-07, 2001-07, 2000-07, 1999-07, 1998-07
ASME VIII Division 2 Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels (Alternatives Rules) 2017-07, 2015-07, 2013-07, 2011-07, 2010-07, 2009-07
BS/PD 5500 Specification for Unfired Fusion Welded Vessels (British Standard Institute) 2015-04, 2013-07, 2013-09, 2012-09, 2012-06, 2011-09, 2011-01, 2008-01, 2006-09, 2005-11, 2004-09, 2004-03, 2002-08, 2002-04, 2001-01, 1999-11, 1999-01, 1998-01, 1997-01
CODAP Code for Construction of Unfired Pressure Vessels (French Code) 2018-07, 2016-10, 2015, 2014-09, 2012-10, 2011-03, 2010-11, 2009-03, 2007-09, 2006-06, 2004-12, 2004-04, 2002-12, 2000-12, 1998-12
EN 13455 Unfired Pressure Vessels (European Standard) 2017-12, 2016-09, 2015-07, 2013-07, 2011-07, 2009-07, 2007-04, 2004-11, 2004-02, 2002-05
GOST R 52857 Vessels And Apparatus (Russian Code) 2012-01, 2008-01
NFE 32 100-108 French Code For Construction Of Steam Generators 1988-12
GB 150 Pressure Vessel ( Chinese Code) 2011

Manufacturing Standard

Design Code Description Editions
EJMA Standards of the Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association 2008 (9th Edition), 1999 (8th Edition), 1993 (6th Edition)
TEMA Standards of the Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association 2007-11 (9th Edition), 1999-06 (8th Edition), 1997-12 (7th Edition), 1991-08 (7th Edition)

Wind Code

Design Code Description Editions
AD-Merkblatter S3/0 General Verification Of Stability For Pressure Vessels 1991
ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures 2010, 2005, 2002, 1998, 1995, 1993
British Standard BS 6399 Part 2 British Standard for Loading for Buildings - Code of Practice for Wind Loads 1997
British Standard CP3 Part 2 British Standard for Wind Loads 1972
EN 1991-1-4 Eurocode 1: Actions on Structures - Wind Actions 2010, 2005
GOST R 51273-99 Vessels and Apparatus NORMS AND METHODS OF STRENGTH CALCULATIONS Rated Strength 2000
IBC (ASCE) International Building Code 2015, 2012, 2006
Indian Standard IS:875 Part 3 Indian Standard - Wind Loads on Buildings and Structures 1987
NBC Canada National Building Code of Canada 2005
NBR 6123 Brazilian Code - Wind Load 1998
Neige et Vent 65 French Wind Code 1999, 1995, 1990
Portuguese DL 235/83 Portuguese Wind Code 1983
Spanish Code NBE AE 88 Spanish Wind Code 1988
Uniform Building Code US Code Until 1997 1997, 1994, 1991, 1988, 1982, 1976
GB 50009 Chinese Wind Code 2012

Seismic Code

Design Code Description Editions
ANSI A58.1 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures 1982
ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures 2010, 2005, 2002, 1998, 1994, 1993
DIN 4149 German Earthquake Standard 2005-04, 1981
EN 1998-1 Eurocode 8: Design of Structures for Earthquake Resistance 2013, 2004
GOST R 51273-99 Vessels and Apparatus NORMS AND METHODS OF STRENGTH CALCULATIONS Rated Strength Calculation of Column Type Apparatus from Wind Loads and Seismic Influence 2002
IBC (ASCE) International Building Code 2015, 2012, 2006
Indian Standard IS:1893 Indian Standard 2005, 2002, 1996, 1984
NBC Canada National Building Code of Canada 2005
Parasismique PS 92 French Standard 1995
Parasismique PS 69 French Standard 1984
Portuguese Earthquake LNEC Hazard Analysis and Seismic Risk Assessment in Portugal 1987
Spanish Code NCSE-02 Spanish Seismic Code 2002
Uniform Building Code US Code Until 1997 1997, 1994, 1991
GB 50011 Chinese Seismic Code 2010

Nozzle Local Load Method

Design Code Description Editions
EN 13445 Par. 16.4 and 16.5 Local Loads on Nozzles in Spherical Shells / in Cylindrical Shells 2016-09, 2015-07, 2014-09, 2013-07, 2011-07, 2009-07, 2007-04, 2004-11, 2004-02, 2002-05
GOST R 52857 Par. 6 Strength Calculation of Cylindrical Shells and Spherical Bottoms Under External Static Loads on the Nozzle 2008-01
PD 5500 G2 Par. G.2 Local Loads on Pressure Vessel Shells 2015-04, 2014-09, 2013-09, 2012-09, 2012-06, 2011-09, 2011-01, 2008-01, 2006-09, 2005-11, 2004-09, 2004-03, 2002-08, 2002-04, 2001-01
PD 5500 G.2.8 Par. G.2.8 Alternative Rules for Local Loads on Circular Nozzles in Spherical and Cylindrical Shells 2015-04, 2014-09, 2013-09, 2012-09, 2012-06, 2011-09, 2011-01, 2008-01, 2006-09, 2005-11, 2004-09, 2004-03, 2002-08, 2002-04, 2001-01
WRC B 107 + 297 Local Stresses In Spherical And Cylindrical Shells Due To External Loadings 2002-10, 1979-03
WRC 537 Precision Equations and Enhanced Diagrams for Local Stresses in Spherical and Cylindrical Shells Due to External Loadings for Implementation of WRC Bulletin 107 2010

Product Activation

CONNECT licensing is Bentley's new licensing model, providing enhanced security and optimized value for your Bentley Subscriptions. It is integrated with Bentley's Identity Management System (IMS) and the Bentley CONNECT technology platform to allow near real-time reporting of usage, improved alert messaging to users and increased administrative capabilities to license administrators in your organization. It will not only give you more options to monitor and manage usage but also provide new, advanced licensing features that will enhance digital workflows.


With CONNECT Licensing, all users must be registered with Bentley's Identity Management System (IMS) and sign in to the CONNECTION Client to access Bentley applications. Product activation will now occur through user sign-in to the CONNECTION Client with a valid IMS ID associated with their account. User sign-in will replace traditional activation keys, offering enhanced security as administrators will be able to control which users have access to Bentley software. License entitlements are granted and maintained through CONNECT Licensing's Entitlement Management Service. By signing into the CONNECTION Client users can also find their organization's projects, download software updates, receive relevant notifications, and track their usage.


CONNECT Licensing features the new license alerts notifications that can be set by an organization's license administrators to let the users know when they reach a set usage threshold. These notifications will alert the users that if they continue to use the product, a term license may be issued. The user in such a situation has the choice to quit the application before a license is used or acknowledge that a term license may be generated and proceed with starting the application, based on what settings the administrator chooses.


Trademark Notice

Bentley, the "B" logo, AutoPIPE, MicroStation, ProjectWise, SELECT, and MDL are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated, or one of its direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Copyright Notice

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Complete copyright information can be found in the product by choosing Help > About.

For reference, a copy of the End User License Agreement named "EULA.pdf" is included in the "AutoPIPE Vessel" folder of the product installation. By default, this location is "C:\Program Files\Bentley\Engineering\AutoPIPE Vessel."

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See Also

How do I install and license AutoPIPE Vessel?

Readme Release Notes for AutoPIPE Vessel

Bentley AutoPIPE

External Links

Bentley Technical Support KnowledgeBase

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