Pressure Vessel Drawing is a closed container that is designed to contain gases or liquids at a pressure that is much different from the pressure outside of said container. Because of the extreme difference in pressure between the contents in the container and the surrounding atmosphere, the correct design and construction of pressure vessels is an extremely important and high-risk task. With Computer Aided Design, the process of pressure vessel drawing is becoming more and more accurate, meaning that the vessels themselves are becoming safer and more efficient.
The most common examples of pressure vessels are things like compressed air receivers or hot water tanks. However, other examples of pressure vessels are can be as varied as pressure reactors, storage vessels for liquefied gases or even diving cylinders in submarines. In pressure vessels, the importance of keeping the contents safely pressurized is extremely serious. The tiniest flaw could lead to a disaster.
The design, manufacture, and operation of pressure vessels are all regulated by various engineering authorities. Because of this, what constitutes a pressure vessel can differ slightly from country to country, but all definitions involve specific and stringent parameters, like what constitutes a safe operating pressure, or optimum temperature.
While the design and conception of pressure vessels was traditionally done by hand drafting, in recent decades there has been an almost unanimous push for Computer Aided Design programs to take over for hands when drawing and drafting the vessels. This is largely because of their extreme accuracy and ease of use when compared to physical, hand drawn specs.
Intergraph PV Fabricator works in either imperial or metric and comes with powerful parametric modeling capabilities. This allows for the quick and accurate development of fully editable 3D models of pressure vessels and heat exchangers. From these designers can develop complete fabrication deliverables of their pressure vessels and exchangers by using the in-built tools that have been desiged to automate the detail production process.
Although the tools in Intergraph PV Fabricator allow for quick and accurate 3D modeling, the true power of the package is delivered when it is linked to Intergraph PV Elite. When this link is used Intergraph PV Fabricator creates a 3D model complete with all of the analysis data available in PV Elite. This feature increases the benefits of engineering and design integration and removes the wasted time and the introduction of mistakes that come from task duplication.Bills of Material
Intergraph PV Fabricator lets users take linked PV Elite data to create accurate BOM's for inclusion in their fabrication drawings. A simple drag and drop dialog makes this important and often tedious task easy, flexible and extremely accurate. As an added bonus these BOM's can be exported to spreadsheets or industry standard databases as an aid to procurement.