GEA AWP ValveCalc 7.0 software

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 | Supplied by: GEA Group

GEA AWP’s ValveCalc software is a tool for the design and selection of components in the planning phase of projects.

The program enables the selection and sizing of AWP refrigerant valves for refrigeration plants. The software can also calculate the requirements of the project allowing the user to specify the equipment needed for the whole plant online using ValveCalc.

With ValveCalc, branched safety and overflow blow-off lines can be dimensioned complete with pipes, bends, transitions and other required components. It provides a design environment for graphical representation and editing of a piping system.

By dragging and dropping, essential components such as safety valves, vessels and pipes can be inserted to build the structure of the network. Integrated input masks are used to define additionally required data, such as refrigerant, outlet pressure and the calculation standard to be used.

For the new version, the safety valve blow-off lines module has been supplemented by a new function called partial blow-off. The system can be divided into several zones (fire compartments), and partial blow-off can then be simulated in these zones. Only the blow-off mass flows from the active zone (fire compartment) are considered.

The project management has been reworked in a user-friendly way. The program creates a new, empty project at startup allowing for processing to start immediately. The project management and all sub-calculations are displayed clearly, as separate tabs in the main window.

The calculation parameters are displayed in a dynamic, form-based input field layout, which only shows the fields required for the current installation/calculation. Illustrations of the products have been integrated into the components selection for the first time.

The program database has been extended to include new refrigerants (eg, R513A, R449A, R449B).

Version 7.0 will also be the first version of ValveCalc that will be available both as a downloadable and installable program and as a virtual desktop infrastructure in the cloud. The streaming technology used allows ValveCalc to be used via a browser. This eliminates restrictions imposed by security policies within company networks. ValveCalc is operated on a high-performance infrastructure in a GDPR-compliant, German data centre, so that users with less powerful computers can also benefit from the program's high reaction speed, especially useful for resource-intensive processing steps.

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