Piping Stress Analysis
Piping Stress Analysis is our specialty. Our primary focus is to provide expert piping engineering services.
Combined with specialized training and depth of experience, we utilize industry leading tools, technologies, and methodologies to complete our analysis.
Static piping analysis studies constant environmental factors, including: pressure, weight, and thermal variables.
Different fluid types can impact these factors. Pi Engineering has specific expertise with: steam, glycol, oil, water, gas, chemicals, and other fluids.
Transient analysis deals with transient fluid properties, such as pressure pulsation, mechanical vibration, valve closure, pump start/stop, relief events, slugging, and water hammer.
These factors can be present in normal pipeline and facility piping.
Reciprocator compressor piping may resonate with mechanical vibration or pressure pulsation.
Slugging in pipelines occurs in multiphase systems. The slug causes significant forces at changes in direction and can result in piping failures or damage to adjacent equipment and piping.
Mechanical Vibration Analysis analyzes transient response of a system to excitation forces. This can be a simple natural frequency comparison with excitation frequencies, a force spectrum analysis, or a time history analysis.
Water Hammer Analysis addresses events which can cause pressure surges resulting in equipment failures in pumps, turbines, and valves. Diagnosing and removing potential causes of water hammer events minimizes failure risk. Water hammer can be caused by sudden valve closure or pump trip or start-up/shut-down of facilities and equipment.
Start-up / shut-down transient analysis (pump trip) analyzes the forces exerted through a system start-up or shut-down. These events can cause unexpected and uneven fluid forces; equipment and systems must be designed with this in anticipation to prevent failure.
Equipment Piping Design
Piping connects various pieces of equipment together to form a process system. Each piece of equipment has limits to how much load it can resist from piping. Pi Engineering ensures all designs adhere to prescribed standards, codes, and preferences for difference pieces of equipment.
Equipment types may include, for example: air coolers, compressors, expanders, pumps, pressure vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, steam generators, and turbines.
Plant and Facility Piping
Pi Engineering has experience will all aspects of plant and facility piping, and specializes in the following facility types:
- Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)
- Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS) aka ‘Huff and Puff’
- Heavy Oil
- Solar Thermal
- Gas Plants
- Oil Batteries
Deciding on various piping engineering specifications, standards, and selections requires specialized expertise and knowledge. Pi Engineering offers specific consultations in:
- Material selection & specification
- Support standard development
- Valve specification and selection
- Spring support selection
- Line Lists, Line Designation Tables (LDT)
- ABSA/BCSA Piping Design Registration
Pipe Stress Calgary & Pipe Stress Engineers
Pi Engineering is the go to experts for pipe stress in Calgary and around the world. If you’re looking for a pipe stress engineer, Contact us today, or download our information package to learn more about our piping engineering and stress analysis services.