PIPE-FLO currently provides solutions for a wide variety of industries with over 5,500 current
licenses in use. Read more information on how our customers are
solving problems on real world piping systems.
A variety of case studies are included in the PIPE-FLO Demo. When you open one of the case study
projects you will find a FLO-Link that will take you to the Knowledge Base article located on our
Website. Here you can view and print step-by-step instructions that you can use to follow along
with the article.
A quick overview of the various Knowledge Base articles is included below. Click on the link
to display a summary of the article in the Knowledge Base, along with a link to detailed
instructions in PDF format. These detailed instructions can be viewed and printed.
Existing PIPE-FLO Customers can access retail versions of the PIPE-FLO project files so they
too can run the Case Study examples.
- Selecting the proper pump is
the most important step in the designing of a piping system. This case study provides instructions
for using PIPE-FLO to select the best centrifugal pump.
- Often cooling and heating piping systems
are not properly balanced to deliver the required flow rate to the various loads. Two things occur
when this happens. 1. More fluid than is needed is pumped through the system, which increases
pumping cost. 2. The extra flow through the various paths cannot be used for future system load
expansion, which increases the capitol cost. This example shows how to use PIPE-FLO to balance
a cooling system.
- Many times even the simplest piping
system presents a large problem when it is not operating properly. In this example, we have a single
pump circuit pumping from a supply tank to a pressurized tank. We will use PIPE-FLO to discover
what can be done to correct a problem with a control valve.
- As process loads increase, additional
fluid is pumped through the system. Without a clear picture of the entire piping system you can
quickly pay a high price in pumping cost to get a small increase in flow rate. This study is based
on an analysis of a reclaim water pump system at a nickel mining operation. You will see how a
quickly modeling the piping system allowed the plant engineer to save over $250,000 per year in
- In this study we will see how calculating
a pump’s design point can improve the pump operation and minimize pumping cost. You will quickly see
how important it is to re-evaluate a system when any changes are made.
- In this example, we will be adding four
new banks of tools to the ultra pure water system in an integrated circuit manufacturing facility.
You will see how to use PIPE-FLO’s copy features to quickly add to an existing system. Once the
changes have been made we will see their effect on the system operation.
- It is often
necessary to observe how a piping system operates
over time. PIPE-FLO is a steady state hydraulic
analysis program, and therefore is not designed to
perform extended period simulation. However, there
are a couple of options for extending PIPE-FLO’s
capabilities to include dynamic system analysis. In
this example, you will see how use the Lineup
feature, and some simple calculations outside the
program to perform some simple time simulation
- If you have
Engineered Software’s Overtime program, you can
simulate any PIPE-FLO system’s operation over an
extended period of time. The Overtime program gives
the user complete control over the duration and
frequency of a time simulation. In addition, it
allows for a dynamic analysis of even the most
complex PIPE-FLO systems. In this example, you will
see how to use Overtime in conjunction with PIPE-FLO
to perform a time simulation.
- When designing piping systems in
which the system demand varies (for example, a
chilled water distribution system with varying loads
throughout the year), variable speed pumps may be an
effective energy and cost savings option. In these
systems, the pump speed can be adjusted to meet the
varying demands of the system. This article
describes the implementation and operation of both
fixed speed and variable speed pumps in PIPE-FLO and
Flow of Fluids.