Piping and Pipeline Calculations Manual

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What are the necessary requirements to move from a piping or pipeline system idea to its completion? The basic premise of this book is that at the heart of those requirements are a series of calculations, which cover a wide range of subjects.

In any pipeline system, the core of the system itself is the piping, which is its skeleton. However, as with any skeleton, there must be other elements to include before the system can become the final entity that was the original idea.

Pipe is basically a transport structure. To determine what that structure requires would involve what it is intended to transport. While it is important to have knowledge of how the medium to be transported is generated, this book does not address that area. Generation of that comes from another field of expertise.

A pipe system has a beginning, an ending, and a path between the two points. To transport the medium—liquid or gas—some definition of temperatures, pressures, amount to be transported per unit of time, and the energy required to accomplish the transport need to be, at least partially, established. Many of these will be considered as a given in this book and the methods of calculating the other elements are discussed and explained.

The base codes for the design of a new system, and the ones used in this book as the reference source, are the B31 piping codes of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The B31 piping codes consist of several sections or books that describe the requirements for systems of a specific type. These can readily be broken into the two basic types—a piping system and a pipeline system.

Chapter 1: Major Codes and Standards
Chapter 2: Metric versus U.S. Customary Measurement
Chapter 3: Selection and Use of Pipeline Materials
Chapter 4:
Piping and Pipeline Sizing, Friction Losses, and Flow Calculations

Chapter 5: Piping and Pipeline Pressure Thickness Integrity Calculations
Chapter 6: Straight Pipe, Curved Pipe, and Intersection Calculations
Chapter 7: Piping Flexibility, Reactions, and Sustained Thermal Calculations
Chapter 8: Pipe-Supporting Elements and Methods Calculations
Chapter 9: Specialty Components
Chapter 10: High-Frequency versus Low-Frequency Vibration Calculations
Chapter 11: Occasional Loads Calculations
Chapter 12: Slug Flow and Fluid Transients Calculations
Chapter 13: Fabrication and Examination Elements Calculations
Chapter 14: Valves and Flow Control Calculations
Appendix: Charts, Graphs, and Other Helpful Guides

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"J. Phillip Ellenberger"

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