On-Demand: Improving the Accuracy of Pipe Stresses and Equipment Loads with FEA

Recorded Date: March 25, 2021


FEATools™ and NozzlePro™ are collections of template-based FEA programs customized for the pressure vessel and piping industry. Any CAESAR II or PV Elite user can quickly and easily apply FEA methods and technology to piping and pressure vessel analysis without worry about the complex math behind it.

This technical presentation covers:

  • How to compute and use SIFs and k-factors for bends, bends with trunnions and bends with eccentric and concentric reducers to calculate more accurate loads on rotating equipment
  • How to evaluate acoustic induced vibration quantitatively and compare sound pressure levels to known cylindrical behavior, minion modes and stresses
  • How to compute and use SSIs for large D/T branch connections and bends, laterals, heads, trunnions, header boxes and thinned or altered geometries
  • How to calculate allowable loads for pipe shoes and vessel saddles
  • How to evaluate flanges

Meet the Presenters


     Tony Paulin
     Founder, Paulin Research Group


Tony Paulin has dedicated his life to creating and helping engineers apply the best and most advanced technology to the fields of piping and pressure vessel design and analysis. In 1991 he founded Paulin Research Group (PRG) to develop FEA-based software programs for use in the PV&P sector. Under Tony Paulin’s direction, PRG performs consulting, training, and physical lab testing to confirm both the software’s accuracy and usability. He regularly presents papers and findings at industry seminars and conferences.


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