Why a Refresh on Visual Vessel Design’s Lesser-Known Tools is Worth Your Time!

The buzz around artificial intelligence and 3D design is trying to grab our attention currently, so it is easy to forget the fundamentals – the features and tools that really make a difference to your everyday engineering designs. For Visual Vessel Design (VVD), the devil is in the detail. A better understanding of VVD capabilities will give any engineer a cost-effective solution for their pressure vessel and heat exchanger design work.

Here are some of the software’s lesser-known tools and features and how to take advantage of them:

· Template command: Open the selected job file as a template for a new vessel design. The engineer can then select which components and/or calculations to keep, as not all may be applicable, and easily change the Design Code, Process Conditions, and Materials of Construction. Then, the engineer can modify the vessel, as required.

· Code Assistant: A ‘Welcome’ page indicates what’s populated and its objectives – understand the Input Parameters and design process, optimize the design, increase code understanding, and highlight areas of importance.

· Help: Gives information on what’s included in VVD and how to use it. An area of interest might be in producing deliverables, such as 2D and 3D drawings or views and GA drawings.

· Sample Files: Lets you see examples of various pressure components, vessels, and heat exchangers that have different inspection requirements and are designed to different Codes and Standards.

· Recalculate Selection: Allows selected Components/Calculations to be re-analyzed to see the effect of changes to multiple components made at once.

In the Quick Design module, multiple and similar components can be grouped together and edited within it. The effects of these changes are readily established using ‘Apply Changes’ to update and re-analyze modified components. This can be done, for example with the below cylindrical shell(s).

Please remember it is often necessary to ‘Recalculate All’ once the modifications have been finalized and to re-analyze supports. This is to make sure that any changes to vessel loadings have been incorporated in their analysis.

Want to see VVD in action?
In our next Analysis Fundamentals webinar, focused on VVD, I will be demoing the different tools and features. The webinar takes place on Nov.11, and it includes a Q&A where you can ask your questions. The webinar is relevant for both new and existing users.

New users will get a feel for what VVD can offer in pressure vessel and heat exchanger design work, while the existing users will gain a more in-depth view of some of the inbuilt capabilities of VVD to efficiently design/analyze them.

Follow this link to register or to learn more about the Analysis Fundamentals webinar series, which also covers CAESAR II, PV Elite, and GT STRUDL. I look forward to seeing you in November!


Duncan McElrue
With over 16 years of experience as a scientist for the UK
Defense Industry before retraining as a technology specialist, Duncan has a passion for helping customers’ projects become reality. Focusing on customer support, he helps Hexagon’s PPM division’s clients gain the maximum benefit and value from their investment in the CAESAR II, PV Elite, Visual Vessel Design, and TANK analysis solutions.  

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