How do I apply more than 1 piping code into an AutoPIPE model?
We sinceerly apologize for the inconvenience, but as a limitation to the current version of AutoPIPE you can only perform an analysis on the entire system with 1 selected piping code. There is an enhancement logged (CAE-CR-3582) to allow models to be analyzed per 2 codes at one time. If you like to see this option added sooner to AutoPIPE please go to the Ideas page and vote on the feature, or log a service request mentioning this WIKI page.
As a suggested method for examining a model where different piping codes must be used on the same interconnected piping system (example: a piping system that broaches ASME B31.3 area classification and enters ASME B31.1 area classification)
1. After modeling the entire system, save the file as original
2. Save the original model as a new DAT file appending piping code used (ex. walkthru - B313.dat)
3. Confirm piping code setting in the model (ex. ASME B31.3)
4. Run Analysis.
5. Select all piping in the model that is applicable to the piping code indicated (ex. select all pipe geometry to be analyzed per ASME B31.3)
6. Generate an output report with "Limit reports to highlighted points" enabled.
7. Save the model APC file with all options enabled.
8. Next reopen the original model, and again save the original model as a new DAT file appending piping code used (ex. walkthru - B311.dat)
9. Again, analyze the system per the new piping code selected
10, Again, select all piping in the model that is applicable to the piping code selected(ex. select all pipe geometry to be analyzed per ASME B31.1)
11. Repeat same general steps above to generate an output report
12. Again save model APC file.
13. Repeat as needed for additional piping codes to be applied to the given piping system.
Once more, the benefit of using this workaround is to properly apply the calculations required by the piping code to the pipe in a particular area classification while maintaining forces and moments through the transition zone.