How many pipes and nodes can be modeled in a single system?
Pipe Flow Expert can model up to 1000 pipes and 1000 nodes within a single system model.
A single pipe represents a connection between two nodes, each of which has a specified elevation. The length of the pipe can be set to be any value (very small or very large). For example, a pipe's length could be set to be say only 1 inch or the length could be set equal to 100 miles.
In addition, fittings and groups of fittings, such as bends, can be added on to a single pipe. For example, one pipe that connects two points at different elevations, where the pipe twists and turns through several bends can actually be modeled as a single pipe with a specified number of 'bend' fittings.
This flexible approach to modeling allows the user to choose whether to draw every bend on the drawing so that the schematic represents the look of their physical pipe system. Alternately a user can add groups of bends and fittings on to a single pipe and obtain the same hydraulic calculation result if they wish. In either case, a model with up to 1000 pipes, is in most practical situations, normally more than enough to model your complete pipe system.
The Pipe Flow Expert software is used by a wide range of end users, from individual engineering consultants that may be specifying pumps for a sprinkler system, through to middle east oil companies that may be designing hundreds of miles of oil pipelines. In fact the software is used in a variety of industries including aerospace, chemical processing, education, food and beverage, general engineering, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, power generation, water and wastewater processing.