AutoPIPE allows you to calculate your buried pipes on the same model as the rest of your system, for both plastic and steel pipes. Apply the soil properties to your pipe is very easy, as AutoPIPE can model the stiffness of the soil given a depth according to ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ALA (American Lifeline Alliance), and PRCI (Pipeline Research Council International) or use a model created by the user.
From the Analysis Set, you can also study cases with softer, harder or average soil properties in the same calculation, so you are covering the range of soil properties.
AutoPIPE Buried Model includes the pipe and its content mass, considering their density and therefore allowing many weight-related analyses like seismic, settlement, buoyancy, etc. Notice that other software change densities to zero for buried elements.
Seismic analysis can be performed in three ways:
And no matter how long the line is, import the coordinates from Excel and have your model ready in minutes.
AutoPIPE can calculate all the loads indicated by the American Lifeline Alliance 2001 addenda 2005. Some of those analysis cannot be performed without considering the weight of the pipe, content and any additional weight, in fact only the stress due to thermal and pressure expansion can be analyzed.
In addition, AutoPIPE studies the ovalization or flattening of your pipe due to the weight of the ground and the loads applied on it, with which its thickness is verified.
And for flood areas, AutoPIPE also analyzes the liquefaction of the land, to calculate the supports or the extra weight to avoid the buoyancy of the pipe.