When it comes to pumping systems that have varying demands, many engineers are hesitant to size the pump to less than the highest possible load. While this is certainly conservative from a flow standpoint, the downside is that additional costs are incurred to mitigate what might be a small risk. To assess that risk and make an informed decision, take a Monte Carlo approach, which can save considerable money.
In support of Veteran’s, Engineered Software, Inc. joined The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 11-4, for their Christmas in September event! This event focuses on raising Christmas gift funds for residents of the WA State Soldiers Home in Orting - along with helping service-members and veterans in-need. ESI is proud to continue its sponsorship and support our very own Jeff Sines.
The PIPE-FLO® Overtime module is an excellent tool for understanding how your piping system will behave as conditions change over a period of time, but it also can be used for determining optimum set points and goal seeking. In this article we'll take a look at how to determine a VFD set point to maintain an end of line pressure.
There are 13 areas included in a process safety management (PSM) plan. The piping system model can be of value in all aspects of the PSM, but the areas of greatest impact are in:
process safety information
process hazard analysis
operating procedures and practices
investigation of incidents
Process Safety Information
Working with chemicals can pose a host of dangers. Those in the process industries must take every step possible to protect employees and others from hazardous conditions.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues and enforces standards designed to increase worker safety, including for facilities that process chemicals. Other countries have similar programs, and the United Nations oversees the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication in an effort to protect workers internationally. One mandated OSHA standard is the Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (standard, 29 CFR1910.119) to prevent the unwanted release of hazardous chemicals that could cause serious exposure.
Wright Process Systems (WPS) is a full-service design and build contractor serving the food processing industry that focuses on working as partners with their clients to create more productive systems. When a client came to them with a large, time-sensitive project, they recognized the best way to support the customer was to supplement engineering time with external help.
Knowing the flow rate within a fluid piping system is one of the most useful measurements in understanding system operations.
The equipment used to measure flow rates is typically maintained and calibrated by the plant instrumentation and control groups. Facility flow meters typically monitor custody transfer or are used as the primary elements of flow control circuit.
Engineered Software, Inc. (ESI), developer of piping system modeling software, releases Pipe-Flo Professional v16.1.Pipe-Flo v16.1 allows users to recognize and troubleshoot system inefficiencies by incorporating several improvements to existing features.
No software solution performs all the calculations that an engineer needs when it comes to modeling and analyzing a complex industrial or commercial piping system. But with PIPE-FLO® Professional’s DataLink feature, all the design data and calculated results from the piping system model can be exported to any ODBC (Open Data Base Connectivity) capable program for additional calculations, report generation, or business data tracking and management.