STRESSWorx helps streamline the pipe stress analysis process by integrating lines list, P&ID drawing and 3D model components. Creating stress systems and placing analytical nodes within CADWorx™ piping models sets the foundation for exporting to CAESAR, AutoPIPE, or any applications accepting of the latest cii neutral file. It enables users to populate restraint data into 3D piping models and will even reach into data sources like Excel line lists or P&ID databases for temperatures, pressures, corrosion allowances, etc.
STRESSWorx is compatible with AutoCAD, or BricsCAD, and does not required a CADWorx™ to export cii neutral files.
With STRESSWorx, process your CADWorx piping systems to be imported into CAESAR II pipe stress analysis software.
- Create systems of interconnected piping, and see the actual CAESAR II™ nodes in CAD before going over into CAESAR II™.
- Link detailed restraint data to pipe supports, so the restraint is completely defined before you get to CAESAR II™. Move the pipe support, and the restraint data goes with it. No redefining required.
- Utilizing the VIEWWorx engine, a WorxBox can be automatically placed around a Stress System and then be used to create a layout drawing with minimal input from the user.
- Additionally, once analysis is complete the results can be imported back into the drawing area which allowing the user to view high stress areas in the CAD environment.
- Setup: Allows for the total customization on how the application deals with the exporting and importing of the STRESSWorx processing.
The System Palette allows the creation and editing of piping systems called “Stress Systems”. These Stress Systems can contain one or all of the line numbers available in a design. Once a system has been created, it can then be processed which will insert the default Stress Nodes into the design area located at the processed stress locations.
All information gathered by the processing is then saved in the current drawing for easy retrieval when the design is viewed again at a later date. At this point you can export the system to the CAESAR II™ neutral file format or you can renumber the Stress Nodes to a more user friendly order and value.
Once the processed nodes have been exported to the neutral file you can then import the file into CAESAR II™ and perform the stress analysis on the design. When the stress analysis is complete, the information can then be imported back into CADWorx™ for viewing in the model area.
Restraints: Modifying output to CAESAR II
Under the “Stress Systems Restraint Manager” users can sort the restraints live in the CADWorx™ model By System, By Line, or By Restraint. When you click on each restraint in the palette, the CADWorx™ screen zooms to the point in the model where the restraint is located.
Any changes to your systems on the Systems Palette will show the updated restraints in this list.
After you’ve selected a restraint, for the first time ever now in CADWorx™ the user can enter in the Type, Stif, (stiffness), Gap, or Mu (friction factor).
Finding these designed pipe supports and anchor locations and editing them with STRESSWorx makes your life as a stress engineer much less stressful, since any edits you apply to the restraint dialog will get saved to that *.dwg file.
This means even if that pipe support gets moved somewhere else in the model, just “process” the model again on the Systems tab, and that restraint data carries over.
Now with restraint data saved to the *.dwg in STRESSWorx, you spend less time setting up models for analysis in CAESAR II.
System Views: Automating Drawing Layouts
In the “Views” palette users can create automated drawing views in the CADWorx environment for their interconnected stress systems. Viewboxes can be populated automatically based on the systems that you’ve defined on the Systems tab. Users have the choice to set a clipping boundary, so only what’s inside the viewbox is populated.
By accessing VIEWWorx templates, we can enable users to create professional, detailed drawings faster than ever before.
Under the hood of STRESSWorx we’re granting the ability to set all of the custom settings one would normally find in CAESAR II™ that affects your analysis.
Here’s where you set up most of your commonly used parameters, instead of setting up a caesar.cfg (configuration file) for each workstation or model.
Viewing results of an analysis is something we have enabled with STRESSWorx as well. Using the “Import” functionality on the Systems tab, users can access any static load case information and see it directly in CADWorx™. The ratio percent of allowable stress at each node is populated via the colors you choose in the “Percent of Code Stress” section.
What we envision is that model reviews for stress analysis can be performed inside the CADWorx™ environment. Knowing directly what piping configuration causes higher stresses in CAESAR II™ can be beneficial for the teaching of pipe designers as well.