Dec 2014, AutoPIPE V8i 09.06.01.10
How to model a vertically pipe supported by a Pipe clamp and spring supports as shown below:
There are a few method of modeling this type of support:
A. Model the vertical pipe.
B. Insert a node at the vertical elevation where the steel is connected to the pipe.
C. insert a Spring support with the correct spring Cold load, Spring Rate, and number of Springs as indicated below:
C. Insert Rigid Beam from the Center of the pipe to the outside surface of the vertical pipe in one direction.
D. Insert a Second Rigid Beam from the Center of the pipe to the outside surface of the vertical pipe in opposite direction. Indicated below:
E. Insert a new Beam ID whose properties match the steel used in fabrication of the support:
F, At the end of each rigid beam modeled to the out side surface of the vertical pipe from step above, insert a new beam with the correct length to the spring support location, apply the new beam property:
G. At the ends of both Beams insert a spring support with the correct settings:
H. Review Beam Stress sub report.
Note: if the beams above were replaced with actual piping segments, Insert> Xtra Data > Reference Points> with "Report Reference Point Results to AutoPIPE Nozzle/AutoPIPE Vessel" check-box Enable, then the loads can be automatically exported to AutoPIPE Nozzle for further design analysis.
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