# Guidelines for Modeling and Supporting of Large Diameter Pipes / Pipelines

During the course of pipe stress analysis, we find a few lines in any complex project to have a very large diameter. Caesar II Support Modeling of such pipes always creates confusion on whether to consider radial thermal growth or to be modeled as centreline supporting. There is still confusion among several engineering organizations and the design approach varies. In this article, We will discuss pipe support modeling in Caesar-II, support selection, its detailing & functionality. In this article, Pipes /Pipelines having a diameter of more than 24’’ are considered large-diameter pipes.

## Support Modeling Philosophy in Caesar II

Up to 24’’ pipe size, support shall be modeled at the centerline of the pipe i.e. the radial expansion of the pipe shall be neglected & support shall be assumed to be acting at the center of the pipe as shown in Fig. 1

For the Large diameter bare pipes (>26″ NB), the Stress Engineer shall model a rigid element from the center of the pipe to the bottom of the pipe up to the supporting point considering the pipe radial expansion as shown in Fig. 1.

For Large diameter insulated pipes, the temperature gradient and the actual point of action of guide and resting can also be fed as shown in Fig. 2.

The stress engineer shall decide whether to provide the reinforcing pad or not at the support point (trunnion type) in the following cases:-

• If the slope of the piping is more than 15˚, the Stress engineer shall decide whether to use a reinforcement pad or not, depending upon pipe size, support load, support function (Line Stop/Guide), unsupported pipe span, etc. Refer to Fig. 3 for an illustration.

The reinforcement pad at the Directional Anchors or line stops for large pipes shall be used as shown in Fig. 4 below.

• Irrespective of any size, the stress engineer shall provide a reinforcement pad for higher loads on the support based on the trunnion check calculation.
• RF pad shall be provided at all support for thin pipes. The pipe shall be considered a thin-walled pipe if  D/T> 96, where D is the outer diameter of the pipe and t is its thickness.
• Wear Pad shall be used at all support locations in case of uninsulated large pipes
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For large-diameter pipes, two or more bottom-type springs may be used as shown in Fig. 5, Fig. 6, and Fig. 7.

For large diameter pipes, it’s better to avoid single lug support due to the tendency of ovalization of the pipe because of Self-weight. Supporting shall be done using a pipe clamp or two trunnions having two different clamps instead of a single lug as shown in Fig.8.

## Approach for Caesar Modeling Vs Actual Supporting

Generally, the following points are to be taken care of while converting Caesar II modeling into practical support. Depending upon supporting and practical function of the support we should revisit our Caesar II support modeling.

## Supporting a guide with resting

These are a few standards practices. These may vary from one consultancy to another. Please provide your input in the comments section.

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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.

## 2 thoughts on “Guidelines for Modeling and Supporting of Large Diameter Pipes / Pipelines”

1. JULIO Marca says:

How about long shoes be represented?
thanks