Enhanced capabilities of Caesar II version 7.0

Those who are using Caesar II software might be aware that new version of Caesar II, version 7.0 has come into market from 2014 onwards. The latest CAESAR II release providess a lot of important new and extended capabilities in response to market requirements of piping industry. Also it helps to get direct feedback from the growing CAESAR II user community.

The major changes which have been made to CAESAR II, version 7.0 with respect to its earlier versions are mentioned below:

  • The Latest Piping Codes are used.
  • Caesar II internal Material Databases are Updated compared to its previous version.
  • Updated to support the 2012 Edition of the ASME B31.1 code. This includes material property updates.
  • Updated to support the 2012 Edition of the ASME B31.3 code. This includes a new equation for calculating expansion stress cases as mentioned in latest B 31.3 code with new SIF and index values.
  • This vesion will support the 2012 Edition of the ASME B31.8 code.
  • ASME B31.8 code interpretation to use either of the two combined biaxial stress equations for restrained pipe, as referred to in Paragraph 833.4, instead of using the maximum of the two has been updated. Now user can specify this using the Yield Stress Criterion configuration setting in the SIFs and Stresses section of the Configuration Editor.
  • This version is updated to support ASME B31.5 2013 Edition.
  • Updated to support the 2012 Edition of the EN 13480 code. This work included addressing bend pressure stiffening and changes to the longitudinal pressure stress equation, among other revisions.
  • Updated the Material database, as required for piping code updates.
  • The flange rating for in-line flange checks per EN 1092-1:2013 and ANSI B16.5 2009 has been updated
  • Added support for ANSI 16.5 2009 metric flange ratings.
  • Fatigue curves as indicated in the 2013 Edition of ASME Section VIII, Div. 2. has been added
  • The content for the ASME B31.3 code update and B163 to 1400F is used

Modeling and User Interface

  • Quick global property changes (such as for temperature and pressure) from the Legend dialog box in the 3D model has been incorporated.
  • Distance command to measure between two points in the 3D model without requiring the input of node numbers has been enhanced.
  • Added a new Global menu in piping input, which includes the Block commands. These commands are also accessible through the Block Operations toolbar and the right-click context menu from the List>Elements dialog box.
  • Enhanced the Structural Steel Wizard to display units for various input fields, added more tool bar icons, and enhanced input grid usability.
  • Graphics issues of earlier versions has been addressed.
  • Completed minor usability enhancements based on customer feedback.

Static and Dynamic Analysis

  • Revised the Static Analysis (Load Case Editor) to automatically recommend Expansion (EXP) stress range load cases for better coverage of multiple operating conditions.
  • Provided an option for users to select the allowable corresponding to temperature for the specified Occasional (OCC) load case for B31.3 jobs.
  • Added support for in-line flange check evaluations for MAX and ABS load case combinations.

Interoperability

  • Added the ability to import multiple supports at the same location from the Import PCF or Intergraph Smart 3D PCF interfaces.
  • Enhanced the hanger table for support design with LISEGA’s LICAD software in the Data Export Wizard (Export to MS Access).

Post-Processing

  • Added output filters for flanges so that you can identify the most overstressed flanges.
  • Updated to show the actual Stress Indices (I) that are used for sustained and occasional static load cases for ASME B31.3 code.
  • Updated the Generate Stress Isometrics (CAESAR II Isogen module) with I-Configure 2014 (5.0).

Documentation/Help

  • Updated the Quick Reference Guide with dates and information for all piping code updates made in CAESAR II 2014.
  • Updated the F1 help in the Static Output Processor.

Technical Changes
The following technical changes were made for this release, which may affect the numeric results:

  • Added a new equation for calculating expansion stress cases with new SIF and index values to support the 2012 Edition of the ASME B31.3 code.
  • Addressed bend pressure stiffening and changed the longitudinal pressure stress equation, among other revisions to support the 2012 Edition of the EN 13480 code.
  • Updated the minimum wall thickness equation for ASME B31.8 Chapter VIII to consider the longitudinal joint efficiency (using the Eff input box).
  • Updated the ASME B31.8 code interpretation to use either of the two combined biaxial stress equations for restrained pipe, as referred to in Paragraph 833.4, instead of using the maximum of the two. You can specify this using the Yield Stress Criterion configuration setting in the SIFs and Stresses section of the Configuration Editor.
  • Revised the calculations for SIFs in non-corroded conditions when the CODETI piping code is selected, based on clarification from French Code Committee.
  • Revised the Static Analysis (Load Case Editor) to automatically recommend Expansion (EXP) stress range load cases for better coverage of multiple operating conditions.
  • Provided an option for users to select the allowable corresponding to temperature for that particular Occasional (OCC) load case for B31.3 jobs.
  • Added support for in-line flange check evaluations for MAX and ABS load case combinations.
  • Resolved an issue in Structural Input where the software did not process UNIF values as gravitational multipliers (G loads) after you added the GLOAD command into the input stream. The software uses the gravitational multiplier (G load) value for all UNIF values when you add the GLOAD command into the input stream.

Reference: Version notes by Coade Inc

Anup Kumar Dey

I am a Mechanical Engineer turned into a Piping Engineer. Currently, I work in a reputed MNC as a Senior Piping Stress Engineer. I am very much passionate about blogging and always tried to do unique things. This website is my first venture into the world of blogging with the aim of connecting with other piping engineers around the world.

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