Many of you must be aware that Caesar II-2016 (Version 8.0) is going to be released soon. This version will be coming with many new enriched useful updates. In last few weeks, Imagegrafix and few other organizations are delivering seminars and informing end users about the new updates that Caesar II-2016 will be bringing. I am one of the lucky few who got a change to attend such a seminar. In this article I will try to recollect few points about the major changes what you will be experiencing in the upcoming version of the Caesar II. At the end, a webinar link is provided to know more details about the changes.
Caesar II Load case editor: Two windows of earlier versions are merged into single window. Now Grouping based on stress types is possible. Group Edit Functionality and List view format added. New Column for Alternate sustained case consideration added. Redesigned Static Analysis Load Case Editor improves user experience and adds more robust functionality when creating and revising analysis load cases
ASME B 31.3 Code Changes:
- Process piping engineers can enjoy more as Caesar II-8.0 is compatible with latest ASME B 31.3-2014 code. The 2014 Edition of B31.3 includes a number of modifications that affect CAESAR II. Users need to be aware of these changes to properly use CAESAR II to meet these revised requirements. These changes are available in the upcoming release, CAESAR II 2016, Version 8.00.
- The B31.3 code standard committee removed Appendix P from the 2014 Edition and incorporated several requirements of Appendix P into other sections of B31.3.
- Perhaps the most significant CAESAR II change resulting from the 2014 Edition is the treatment of the stress due to sustained loads, SL, in setting the more-rigorous Allowable Displacement Stress Range (SA) (found in paragraph 302.3.5.d). The code now states that ”in systems where supports may be active in some conditions and inactive in others, the maximum value of sustained stress, considering all support conditions, shall be used.” CAESAR II 2016 incorporates a new load case format that enables the designer to calculate sustained stresses based on the support configuration associated with any operating state of the piping system.
- The 2014 Edition also introduced the requirement to evaluate four-thirds of the design cold spring, in addition to the current requirement of two-thirds. CAESAR II can easily accommodate this new requirement by applying a multiplier to the CS load primitive.
- Updates and support are offered for the latest piping codes B31.1, B31.4, B31.5, B31.8, and B31.9 in addition to Fixed Equipment Engineering codes API-560, API-610, API-617, and API-661.
- Improved distance measuring feature is added. Now you can measure distances in between two nodes by simply pressing Ctrl+ Mouse Click button. No need to click on the distance button what we used to do with earlier vesions.
- Wind and Seismic Codes for NBC 2010 and ASCE 7-10/IBC 2012 are supported.
- Line No Functionality is extended to output. Right now (In Caesar II-2014) this line number functionality is limited only in Input screen. But in Caesar II-Ver 8.0 you will get that feature in output screen too.
- Smooth integration with CADWorx and Intergraph Smart 3D models (VUE files) increases productivity. Model import options are improved. Now importing of following file formats are possible: DWG; S3D; VUE; ZVF; SVF etc.
- FEA tools can be used directly in Caesar environment. With this new addition now stress analysis of systems having D/t ratio more than 100 is also possible. Actual calculation of SIF (Intensification factor) and SSI (Stress Index) parameters are possible.
- Hanger Content Library updated. Expanded library content with six additional hanger manufacturers is now available.
- sustain stress calculation is introduced hence no separate lift up case needs to be checked.
- FEA tool interface is merged directly in CAESAR 2016. Improved analytics are enabled with the augmentation of Paulin Research Group FEATools and NozzlePRO.
- With FEA tool more accurate variation of hanger can be calculated (i.e. hanger near Tee junction.)
- Overall usability has been improved through additional filter capabilities, output reports, and a consolidation of menu picks into right mouse-click model manipulations.
- Projects related to the nuclear industry will benefit from the product’s realigned industry focus.
The good news is that CAESAR II 2016 addresses all of the new B31.3 code requirements. Upgrading to this release positions you on the forward edge of the latest code revisions, and gives your business a competitive edge.
If you want to know more about the changes then click here and view/download the recorded Intergraph webinar on the same. You have to submit few details for getting the download link.