V3.2 Highlights - Additional Integrated Post-processing
•Excel add-in to directly access and post-process analysis databases without using PipeLay – The add-in takes the form of a ribbon control in Excel which contains functions and templates that allow for tailored post-processing independent of PipeLay. The add-in has its own installer and is license free making it a versatile tool for the user base. The provided access functions also have their own dll and so can be used in macros or scripts, which makes them even more powerful.
•Statistical and snapshot plots of support reactions and separations – Users can request these new plot types on the custom postprocessing component. The plots themselves cover all supports across the vessel and stinger. They provide a visual insight into how the support load distributions vary during both static and dynamic analyses. Plots can be requested in the different degrees of freedom as well.
•API-RP-1111 buckling checks – These checks are in addition to the existing DNV-OS-F101 local buckling checks and are similarly integrated into the analysis component with a dedicated report file provided after post-processing.
•Selectable format for tabular output - Stress or strain based formats are available for selection. Previously the format was purely dictated by the material type with linear materials having a stress format and non-linear materials having a strain format. Now the user has control over what format they want.
•Excel based summary report file – A CSV file version of the summary report is available on the results tab of the analysis component. This file opens in Excel and allows the user to process the tabular summary data directly in a spreadsheet.
•Select all components option available on post-processing and code checking dialogs – This option allows you to automatically request post-processing for all pipe sections without having to select them individually, which can be time consuming when there is a large number of sections in a line stack-up.
•Velocities and accelerations can be included in the dynamic analysis databases for custom plots – The database dialog on the properties tab of the analysis has been extended to incorporate an option for including velocity and acceleration terms in the dynamic databases. This will allow for useful motion plots such as tensioner pay out/in velocity.
•Reported bending moments/stresses for sections with coating stiffness are now for the steel wall only – In previous versions the reported bending moments/stresses for pipe sections with coating stiffness represented the overall load acting on the entire cross section. These reported values have now been changed to just reflect the loads in the pipe steel which are of primary interest in terms of buckling checks and fatigue.
•Progress summary for generation of dynamic tabular output files – Tabular output from dynamic analysis can take some time to generate given the various data columns that have to be processed. To help users understand the remaining generation time a progress summary is provided to illustrate the percentage complete of the tabular data.