About Jiaping Zhang

Jiaping Zhang is a senior application engineer in ANSYS Austin office. He joined ANSYS in 2012 and has worked with various oil and gas companies ever since. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and has experience in solid mechanics and finite elements.

Pipe Simulation Using ANSYS – A Quick Introduction

pipe simulationPipe exist everywhere. There are a wide range of applications involving pipes. For daily life, pipes are used in the water line for our house, the air conditioner of the car we are driving, and in the gas station where the gasoline and diesel are transported. Industry-wise, a lot of pipes are used for processing, gas and liquid transmission, transmission as well as extensively in power plants. power plants.

From a structural analysis point of view, a pipe is a slender structure with a tubular cross section that could be very long along the length direction. A beam can also have tubular structure, but most beams or columns are used for strength purposes. The dominant function of the pipe is used for transporting fluids and gases. The liquid/gas transporting could be hot, under high pressure, and also be viscous. We want to use a minimum pipe thickness to save material while still satisfying the temperature and pressure requirements. Continue reading