PlantFLOW is a special purpose program developed to simplify the process of piping network flow analysis. PlantFLOW calculates pressure drops and flow velocities in both open and closed networks to assist engineers in pipe sizing, meter station design, and compressor, pump, and heat exchanger pressure loss evaluations.
PlantFLOW contains many unique features including the ability to handle gas mixtures using equation of state models, customizable fluid libraries, heat transfer, and 3D interfaces with the Bentley PlantFLOW piping stress software, AutoPLANT plant design CAD system, and Intergraph PDS (utilizing the Bentley STRAIT translator) for transfer of geometry and physical properties data. The ability to transfer data between plant design CAD, piping stress, and fluid flow analysis using 3D coordinates can be a tremendous advantage over traditional fluid flow analysis methods which are limited to 2D geometry.
PlantFLOW offers an easy to learn mouse driven graphical user interface which displays the piping system in 3D and enables the engineer to review analysis results graphically or through reports.
The following outline identifies new features and enhancements in the PlantFLOW V8i v.06.02.00.05
PlantFLOW - The standard configuration of PlantFLOW includes these features:
PlantFLOW Plus - Incorporates all of the features of the standard version, as listed above with the following additions:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 or later OR Microsoft Windows Vista Business or higher OR Microsoft Windows 7
Before you install any software, you should confirm that you have adequate hardware and software capabilities to install and use the product.
Bentley PLantFLOW was not designed to run on Win 8, Win 10 or higher versions of WIN OS. Installing on these non-official versions of Windows is at your own risk. There is no technical support available for this installation. With that said, the CAE development team did installed PlantFLOW version 06.02.00.05 on Windows 10, 64 bit OS along with IEG version: 02.00.11.00, with the following findings:
" Program was successfully installed on a non-default path" Program activated successfully" Example model opened successfully" Program successfully created a new model" Model was analyzed without any issue" Output report was generated" Program prompts the user about any consistency check warning" Components were successfully inserted" Both the program's editions, Standard and Plus, appeared to function" HOWEVER, installation does not create a program icon on the desktop
Note: a few users reported an InstallShield 1628: Failed to complete installation error message being displayed during installation. See WIKI here
Install PlantFLOW on an OS approved VM (Virtual Machine).
Based on our computer settings and our user permissions, appeared that PlantFLOW was installed on Windows 10. But, needed some help creating application icon on the desktop. Again, this was only a quick non-official test. This is not, in anyway, to be taken that the application can be installed on all computer with a non-officially tested Operating System. Again, this type of installation is at your own risk and without technical support.
To download the products, create a MySELECT CD or to complete the licensing process, you must have the appropriate roles assigned by your Site Administrator. If you have not been assigned these roles you will need to obtain the name of your Site Administrator from the Bentley website at SELECTservices Online at http://selectservices.bentley.com/. Select MySupport Account / Permissions. Clicking on the List SELECTservices Administration button will access the Site Administrator at your company enabling you to request that the appropriate permissions be added to your profile.
With the appropriate privileges you can obtain the software as an electronic file from Web Downloads or the products may be ordered on a personal CD through MySELECT CD. Once you have installed the desired product you will need to complete the product authorization process by obtaining a license file from Bentley.
SELECT Services Online / MySELECT CD: When you order a custom CD from MySELECT CD the product directory structure for this product appears as shown. To install from the CD locate and run the setup.exe file and follow the online instructions.
The installation program will guide you through the process, prompting you for information when required.
If you are upgrading from an earlier version of the application, it is highly recommended that you do not install this product over the previous version.
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| |_setup.exe - This initiates the install process
Downloading the files from SELECT Services Online/Download - the download process gives you a choice to save the file to a specified location, or to begin the installation from the download area.
PlantFLOW software must be installed on a local client workstation.
PlantFLOW data files (*.FDA) must have full read/write access and can only be accessed from a local client workstation.
PlantFLOW Standard, PlantFLOW Plus, and add-ons are are all supported on the SELECT Server V8i Licensing. If you are upgrading from an earlier version of the product, it is highly recommended that you do not install this product over the previous version. Older versions of PlantFLOW 6.0, and 6.1 will run under SELECT Server XM Licensing using the SELECT Server XM Gateway Service and the older SELECT licenses. For more information on the SELECT Server XM Gateway Service see the PlantFLOW Quickstart.pdf.
The PlantFLOW products can be authorized as Standalone Licenses (formerly called Fixed Licenses), fixed to one user workstation or as Concurrent Licenses (formerly known as Floating Licenses) running from a local or Bentley hosted SELECT Server V8i.
If you are upgrading an existing installation to run on one workstation, and you have License Tool privileges you can obtain a license file to complete the authorization process. Access the License Tool at http://selectservices.bentley.com/ from My Support Account menu located on the left. Once you complete your request you will receive an email including a License File with instructions for completing the process.
Concurrent Licenses (formerly known as Floating Licenses) are now managed through Bentley SELECT Server V8i, a benefit of Bentley SELECT. Using SELECT Server V8i requires a valid Bentley Serial Number, site server name and activation code to authorize the application. The Serial Number you received when you purchased the application is used to obtain a License File to complete the authorization process. For more licensing information see the PlantFLOW Quickstart.pdf.
Important: A signed SELECT agreement must be on file in order to convert your licenses from Floating Licensing to Concurrent Licensing.
Users who have existing Floating Licenses and wish to convert the licenses to run on SELECT Server V8i can contact BAC from the website at http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Services/Bentley+Administration+Centers.htm. The following information is required when requesting SELECT Server V8i licensing: Server Name, email address of the recipient of the SELECT Server V8i license and the Serial Numbers to be added to the server.
Detailed feature information may be accessed directly from the calling application by selecting the Help command, or by pressing the Help button from any of the application dialogs. Be sure to explore the program Help for answers to your questions.
Documentation for PlantFLOW is provided online in the Adobe.pdf format. These files are accessible from the Help Menu. All documents can be browsed, searched, or printed with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information and how to download a FREE copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader can be obtained from http://www.adobe.com/.
It is highly recommended that you obtain the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
If you do not have access to the World Wide Web, please contact us so we can provide you with the necessary files for using the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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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 "PlantFLOW" folder of the product installation.
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