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Select Support from the Insert or Modify menu to display the Support dialog. A support may be added at any point in the piping (or framing) system, and more than one support is allowed at a point. Once the "Support Type" is specified, the dialog is updated to provide additional fields which are unique to the type of support requested.
With an AutoPIPE model loaded, open a the support dialog screen and press the "Help" button. The table will provide detailed information about the 9 different support typs including bearing direction, and support options for each type of support.
From the online help, only when the first support is entered into a model does the dialog have any default values. Each successive support inserted afterwards, the dialog recalls the previous settings.
Methods for modeling supportsBe sure to review, AutoPIPE help section: Help > Contents> Contents Tab> Modeling Approaches> Modeling Approaches> Support>a. Model 1: Saddle Supportb. Model 2: Trunnion Supportc. Model 3: Rod Supportd. Model 4: Pedestal with Rigid Strape. Model 5: Rigidly Guided Pipe Slide Assemblyf. Model 6: Sway Strutg. Model 7: Spring Can with Friction
Base Supported ElbowsBe sure to review, AutoPIPE help section: Help > Contents> Contents Tab> Modeling Approaches> Modeling Approaches> Bends> Base Supported Elbowa. Model 1: Supported at a tangent point (simple vstop support for fig 1.2.6 a)b. Model 2: Supported at a point along the bend (simple vstop support for fig 1.2.6 b)c. Model 3: Alternate method for defining a support at a midpointd. Model 4: Modeling a "dummy leg" as a structural member (fig 1.2.6 b & c)e. Model 5: Modeling a "dummy leg" as a pipe (Recommended fig 1.2.6 b
Support type that is not active for static seismic and dynamic load cases
Model Wind Sway On A Pipe Rack
Modeling Guide Supports
A guide support in AutoPIPE is different than Caesar's guide element - it's equal to Caesar's 2 supports (guide and Y stop). In AutoPIPE, a guide supports the pipe in the vertical and lateral directions but not axial. You can input gaps to remove vertical support or other directions if required. A guide support in AutoPIPE is always normal to the local pipe axis, so if the pipe is rotated the guide stays normal to the pipe which is very useful also when guides on skewed pipe.
NOTE: Large gap will not display the support symbol in that direction for convenience.
Working on Combined Structural & Piping models