What would be the best recommended saddle position for a horizontal vessel in AutoPIPE Vessel?
No, the software would not automatically assign the saddle location nor recommend the best position, there is an initial first saddle location setting where you can set the location of the first saddle from the ref. tangent line:
You can double click on the saddle to bring up the saddle dialog box and manually change the saddle locations:
The software however performs a detailed beam analysis for the whole vessel on saddle and computes bending moments, stresses and shear forces for a complete analysis of the vessel and thickness determination and also takes in effect of earthquake, wind, wave motion (new feature for SS1) and blast loading (new feature for SS1) forces other than external/internal pressure and for all the loading cases (operating, lifted, erected, test, shutdown etc.), it also automatically adds stiffening ring near the saddle if necessary:
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