Written by: Christopher Wright at Piping Design Central
Q: I need some URLs for web sites where I can learn piping stress analysis. A few e-books I can download would be OK, too.
A: It's the easiest thing in the world. Just buy FEA software. It'll do everything you want. Look for the words 'user-friendly' on the box so you don't have to worry about bugs or input checking. Just ask the sales person if you're not sure--they're great guys. Don't worry about accuracy, either--that's what they pay programmers for. FEA makes all that mechanics stuff about stress and strain obsolete, so don't clutter up your desk with a lot of books. If the computer makes the number, it's right. Just remember that the red places on stress plots are bummers, everything else is cool. Make sure you get a big fast computer with a lot of megs and stuff and a large monitor. Size counts and chicks dig guys with big monitors. The faster the computer the more stuff you can run and the less reason you have to waste time with an organized approach. (Hint: Big problems make you look good in front of your boss. If you don't complain about running out of memory every month or so, people think you're not making the models complicated enough and they won't respect you.). And always use animation. Any problem worth solving is worth animating.