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CAESAR II 2017 Is Released

CAESAR II 2017 Is Released

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CAESAR II 2017 – the industry de facto standard for pipe stress analysis – is now available commercially.

CAESAR II evaluates the structural responses and stresses of piping systems to international codes and standards. This 2017 version includes features that address many long-standing customer requests, as well as some significant industry code updates.

Technical additions include the ability to evaluate creep conditions for all piping codes using EN-13480 guidelines, and a new dialog to specify custom nozzle stiffnesses from the piping input. The version features several interface and usability improvements, including model symbols to show displacements, rotations, forces and moments, and improved display of node numbers and axial stops in piping models.

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Your invitation: CADWorx® & Analysis University 2016 Express Dubai

Your invitation: CADWorx® & Analysis University 2016 Express Dubai

After a successful 2015, CAU2016 Express returns to Dubai
with our one-day, high-powered learning experience for users of CADWorx, CAESAR II®, PV Elite®, and GT STRUDL®.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn from experienced product experts who will demonstrate how to streamline work processes and eliminate inefficiencies
  • Grow your professional skillset and technical knowledge with in-depth product training sessions

  • Connect with others in your industry to gain competitive insights that you can apply to your own upcoming projects!

For more information
To find out more about CAU2016 Express Dubai, visit the event page or contact Yuvraaj at raaj@igfzco.com or contact Pandian at pandian@igfzco.com

Date:

March 7, 2016

Venue:

The H Hotel

One, Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai, UAE

Click here for:

Free
Registration

 

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Details

Learn from topics such as:

  • Creating useful drawings through CAESAR II with minimal expertise
  • Improve efficiency with CADWorx Plant 2016
  • Understanding Stress Categories – PV Elite

  • GT STRUDL – Complete structural solution for Skid base system
  • And much more!

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ImageGrafix’s Wednesday Webinars – June 2015 – Agenda

June 2015

Efficient Component Placement in CADWorx Plant Professional



Hanger Sizing in CAESAR II



FEA Analysis in GT Strudl

Date: June 10, 2015

Time:

09.00 AM(Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain)
10.00 AM
(UAE, Oman)
11.30 AM
(India)


Duration: 30 Min

Cost: Free Webinar

Date: June 17, 2015

Time:

09.00 AM(Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain)
10.00 AM (UAE, Oman)
11.30 AM (India)

Duration: 30 Min

Cost: Free Webinar

Date: June 24, 2015

Time:

09.00 AM(Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain)
10.00 AM (UAE, Oman)
11.30 AM (India)

Duration: 30 Min

Cost: Free Webinar

Description:

Explaining the various In-line component placement options available in the latest CADWorx Plant Professional Software like

  • From the Library
  • Custom created Component

Description:

Spring hangers are an integrated part of Piping Industry. Selection of the appropriate type of hanger support for any given application is governed by the individual piping configuration and job requirements.

Join us during this webinar and discover how hanger wizard in Caesar II will help you in efficient selection of hangers.

Description:

For almost 40 years GT STRUDL has been one of the most widely accepted computer-aided engineering and design tools for structural analysis and design in the world. In this webinar, we will highlight the various FEA Capabilities of GT Strudl Software such as

  • Finite Element Plate Analysis
  • Lifting Lug for SKID

Speaker Bio:

Visakan is the Manager – Technical for Plant Design Solutions at ImageGrafix Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. He is a Mechanical Engineer with 17 Years of experience in CAD Industry handling Intergraph & Autodesk Products. He is responsible for product presentation, training and lead the technical support teams in ImageGrafix India

Speaker Bio:

Rahul J Malaviyais the Product Manager for Plant Design Solutions at ImageGrafix Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. He holds B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from Noida Institute of Engg. & Tech and have 8 years of industry experience in project, demonstrations, training and end user support for CAESAR II, PVElite, TANK & PRG Software.

Speaker Bio:

Poornachandrikais the Product Manager for Structural Solutions at ImageGrafix Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. She is a Civil and Structural Engineer with 18 + Years of experience in Structural Analysis and Design field with sound practical and technical knowledge.  She is responsible for providing technical presentations, technical support on GTSTRUDL and Dimensional Solution product.

Copyright © 2015 ImageGrafix Software FZCO. All rights reserved.

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Propagating Caesar II properties

Here I would like to discuss about the essential properties automatically propagating over to subsequent elements in Caesar II.

What happens when you define properties like pipe diameter, schedule/Wall Thk, temperature, pressure etc. to an element? Did you notice that you need not to enter these properties again for following element? This is a helpful feature in Caeasar II that, when you define properties on an element, the software carries forward these properties to all subsequent model elements thereafter, until you explicitly change the property value.

But what if you want to change these properties? I believe you are not going to change this very often. Below figure is going to explain you which property is going to be retained when you go over a new element and which you might want to change based on your requirement.

In below spreadsheet image from Caesar II piping input properties shown below in orange are carrying forwarded to next element:

Pic 1

In the same image properties depicting in yellow are going to get changed based on pipe routing.

Check the Element List below, here it shows explicit data values in red and carry-forward properties in gray. This notation makes verification and editing quick and easy.

Pic 2

CAESAR II 2014 (Version 7.0) introduced a new feature where you can edit certain properties namely pressure temperature, schedule etc. over a block data, using the Legend dialog boxes. These dialog boxes helps you to review input properties graphically and added editing capabilities to the Legend dialog box values. You just need to double-click a value, Caesar II interface displays an Edit box in which you can specify a new value. This updates the edited value immediately in the piping input and on the model.

Check out the image below which depicts the new value edition in Legend dialog box:

Pic 3

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FEATools – To Improve the Branch Connection in CAESAR II Model

Experienced stress engineers know that there are also errors and limitations in our existing piping codes that engineers sometimes need to address. Stress intensification factors given by the code are limited and sometimes wrong. This is not news. When we attach a pipe or structural support to a bend, what’s the SIF supposed to be? Piping codes don’t address these and many other geometries that we build in practice ever day.

For these and other problems, finite element analysis (FEA) is the answer, but the ability to build FEA models, generate good results and relate the results to meaningful piping code stresses and allowables requires expertise or time that most stress engineers don’t have.

FEATools is a unique collection of FEA software applications specifically developed to solve piping & vessel problems that beam element and current code limitations prevent you from solving accurately.

Why is this important? Take the large diameter pipe issue – in many cases, stresses and loads are calculated and reported to be much higher in beam analysis programs when compared to reality. With larger pipe, the solutions to problems that don’t exist cost a lot more than solutions to smaller-bore piping problems (where beam theory provides more accurate answers). The result is that many engineers re-route pipe or otherwise spend a lot of money solving problems that don’t really exist. Wouldn’t it be nice to click a button & get a better answer? That’s exactly what one of the utilities in the FEATools library does. You point to a CAESAR file, and FEATools reads the file, identifies the Tees, performs FE analysis, calculates flexibilities and SIFs, then create a new CAESAR model with these new properties in the model.

The results can be alarming, and it’s so easy to do. To accomplish the same task in the past would require running FEA software separately, generate the new SIFs and flexibilities, then make elaborate modifications to the pipe stress model to reflect these changes; very time consuming.

The technology at work in FEATools was developed over the last 22 years by Paulin Research Group (Tony Paulin being the original author of CAESAR II and a world leader in piping & vessel FEA research and code committee member/guru).

For many reasons, every CAESAR II user should have FEATools on their desktop today.

For more details, Please reach us on. | +971 4 8800857 | raaj@igfzco.com|

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What’s New in “CAESAR II Version 2013 R1”

CAESAR II 2013 R1 (6.10) delivers a number of significant new and extended capabilities to increase productivity, supply the latest piping codes, and improve user experience.

Technical Updates

Updated piping code information for ASME B31.1, B31.3, B31.8, B31.9, and Z662 codes. The ASME B31.3 2010 Edition includes many significant changes, such as the new equation for sustained case evaluation and new stress indexes (It/Ia).

Interface Enhancements

  • Import piping models from Smart 3D to the Piping Input module, using the new APCF interface. This interface saves you data entry time while reducing errors.

 

  • Incorporate the design context of the plant within CAESAR II to make more intelligent re-routing and support location decisions and potentially reduce design-analysis iterations. The ability to import Smart Plant 3D (S3D)/Smart Plant Review (SPR) graphic environment (VUE file) complements the existing capability to import CADWorx (*.dwg) plant models.

  • Export to Microsoft Access format. Using this format, selected CAESAR II results are available in Smart Plant 3D (S3D)/Smart Plant Review (SPR) for easier identification of changes made by the engineer.
 

 

Productivity and Usability Enhancements

  • Reorganize a model using two new block commands (Invert and Change Sequence).
  • Use line number classifications to make quick edits when performing all block operation selections (such as duplicate, delete, and renumber). This feature is in addition to the already available Graphical and List Select functions.
  • Experience the improved Renumber and Annotation functions.

Performance and Functionality Improvements

  • Increased stability by updating the Isogen module to Personal Isogen Version 8.1.
  • Increased performance by updating the graphics engine.

Internationalization Updates

  • Key portions of user interface (such as Static Analysis) are now available in Japanese. Upcoming planned translations for Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.
  • Documentation and help available in English and Japanese languages.
  • Updates to support Japanese seismic code, KHK Level 1.
  • Additions to support spring hanger databases for Mitsubishi, Yamashita, Sanwa Tekki, and Techno.

Additional Improvements to Product Quality

  • Continued process improvements to standardize development and testing to meet ASME NQA-1 requirements.
  • Enhanced user documentation to include task-oriented procedures.
  • Updated the CAESAR II main menu to use the ribbon interface.
 
 

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ODBC Compliant Data Base Output in CAESAR II Software

CAESAR II can save output data to ODBC compliant data bases. On the Windows platform, this typically means Microsoft Access.

The intent of the ODBC output feature is to allow users access to the data to:

  • Combine data for a project from multiple jobs.
  • Maintain an analysis history over various runs of the same job.
  • Extract very specific data without generating an entire report (i.e. restraint loads at only one or two node points).
  • Allow the creation and subsequent generation of custom reports.

 The ODBC data base creation is controlled via the [Data Bases] tab of the Configuration Module – from the Main Menu pull down the Tools menu, the Configuration Module is the first option in the list. A portion of the [Data Bases] tab is shown in the figure to the right. Checking the [Enable data export to ODBC compliant data base] checkbox turns on the ODBC option, and enables the [Append] checkbox and the [Browse] button to select or specify the data base file.

For in-stream processing with the analysis, if the [Append] checkbox is checked, then all subsequent analysis in this data directory will be written to the specified data base. If the same job is rerun, the data base will contain the results from each run. If (for in-stream processing the [Append] checkbox is not checked, then subsequent reruns of a job already in the data base will overwrite the previous results. In either case, all jobs run from this data directory will be written to the specified data base.

CAESAR II also provides a Data Export Wizard, which can create the database file after an analysis has completed. This method allows the selection of exactly what data is to be exported to the database. The in-stream processing method sends all output data to the database.

Users familiar with data base creation (specifically MS Access ) can customize the data base by modifying the template file found in the \caesar\system directory. This file is caesarii.mdb for MS Access. Custom queries and reports can also be added to these template files so that future data bases will inherit these abilities. Users should note that future COADE releases will not include these customizations. Users who modify the ODBC data base templates should make plans to save their templates and update future COADE releases in similar fashion.

Before attempting to use the ODBC feature, users must setup the Data Source Name on the computer where ODBC will be activated. Failure to setup this Data Source Name will result in the error shown below when CAESAR II attempts to write to the data base. Data Source Name setup and configuration is discussed as a separate topic, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Once the necessary analysis have been completed, the data base can be opened and various queries and reports can be run. If there is a query or report necessary, that is not provided in the COADE supplied template, you can use the “Design” mode of the data base to create the necessary function. The figures below show the current tables defined for the static output, the provided reports, and a sample Displacement Summary report.


Data Base Tables

The figure above shows the static table structure of the data base.


Data Base Reports

The figure above shows the static reports available from the data base.


Data Base Displacement Summary Report

The figure to the left shows a sample report available from the data base.

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