How to model a complex valve such as a Bell & Gossett Triple Duty Valve in AutoPIPE?
Modeling any type of valve in AutoPIPE is easy after the user understands some simple concepts. A valve component is modeled as a rigid pipe with additional properties and nice graphics. When modeling a valve of any complexity, model the functionality; i.e. rigid pipe properties, weight, type of end connections, offset weights (operator), and physical structure (additional rigid pipe or beams as needed).
Suggest modeling as a normal valve component with the correct length and weight.
If concerned about the offset weight due to the body construction, insert valve's actuator to the correct location with an assumed weight, but be carefully not to double dip on weight. Another words, distribute the total valve weight between the following valve dialog fields: Valve Weight & Actuator Weight.
Valves Piping Components - Modeling Approaches, Tips, Techniques