Hydraulic pipe distribution modeling software is often designed to operate within a GIS or CAD environment. These types of environments complicate and limit the use. Pipe2018 is a versatile stand-alone environment. In combination with the KYPipe calculation engine, it is a powerful hydraulic pipe distribution design software originally developed for the engineer needing accurate and efficient hydraulic calculations.
Pipe2018 models are made up entirely of pipe links, end nodes, and internal nodes. Using this approach only a few simple steps are required to develop and modify pipe systems and define the associated data. Pipe2018 can input a background map and drawings in a variety of vector and raster formats. In addition, scaled grid lines may be used. Using a scaled background map or grid lines will allow pipe links to be precisely scaled (length calculated) as they are created.
A wide variety of pipe distribution system devices are supported and users can maintain an associated extensive table of data and records which can be customized to their specifications. In this way, the Pipe2018 GUI is multi-purpose by providing and maintaining extensive GIS records, generating up-to-date data files for hydraulic and water quality models and providing facilities management capabilities.
The Pipe2018 GUI and its underlying analysis engines (KYPipe, Surge, TranSurge, GoFlow, GoPlot, Gas, Steam, and SWMM) have been under development and widely used for more than 40 years. Pipe2018: KYPipe has been utilized by nearly every major engineering consulting firm, most nuclear facilities and has passed numerous rigorous qualification requirements. Pioneered by two world-renowned hydraulic engineers, Pipe2018 has always been first and foremost a powerful hydraulic analysis program for engineers.
Pipe2018 is a robust and feature-rich software suite that is used by thousands worldwide. Because we want to share our expertise, knowledge and powerful software with the world, we have chosen to keep our overhead and prices as low as possible in an effort to make our products affordable to all.
We value our customers; expert technical support is free to our users. The developers of the Pipe2018 program are well-trained researchers in the field of network modeling and have published scores of research papers in top technical journals of the world. More importantly, users are impressed by the FREE technical support they receive DIRECTLY from these highly-knowledgeable developers of complex hydraulic engines associated with these programs. This is certainly most unique in this field considering the large, loyal user base that Pipe2018 enjoys and the popularity of the program.
More than 40 years of development brings the extremely efficient and accurate Wave Method for analyzing transients in piping systems. This significant development not only provides the capability to handle large distribution systems but because it is based on the movement of pressure waves it gives the engineer an immediate intuitive understanding of transient flow in all piping systems. The traditional Method of Characteristics (MOC) approach requires complex mathematical manipulations and provides no insight into the phenomena of pressure wave action. However, the really serious difficulty with the MOC approach is that it requires calculations at many interior locations resulting in orders of magnitude more calculations. This requirement essentially limits the use of the MOC approach to transmission pipelines and relatively simple pipe networks.
We are proud of our very significant development of the Wave Method which opens the door to transient modeling of distribution systems. Low pressure transients in drinking water systems pose a real health hazard (pathogen intrusion) and it is imperative that engineers have the tools to address this and other pressure surge problems in distribution systems. The Wave Method places our SURGE module on top of the list of transient analysis software packages available, without question. more
C = Wave Speed (ft/sec.) g = 32.17 ft./sec^2 ΔH = head Change (ft.) ΔV = Velocity Change (ft/sec.)
ΔH = (C/g)ΔV
Pipe2018:Surge is the most sophisticated transient analysis software available today. Capable of handling distribution networks as large as 50,000 pipes, it has unparalleled computational speed and efficiency. Surge has been used by thousands of engineers around the world for diverse applications including transmission main protection studies, aircraft refueling studies, fire protection systems for air craft hangers, large multi-story buildings and pathogen intrusion studies of large drinking water distribution systems, to name a few. more
The Optimal Design Module included in Pipe2018: KYPipe selects the optimal diameters for a specified section of a system to minimize the total pipe cost. This can be used in conjunction with the Aged-Based Roughness capability to optimize the design based on expected conditions at a future date. When the analysis is complete the new diameters can be applied to the system (and then restored to the original values if desired). more
This feature allows the user to compute the most economical and efficient way of operating complex water distribution systems with multiple pump stations. The user can specify pressure and velocity constraints in computing the most cost effective solution for operating multiple pumps in multiple pump stations. In addition, the user may also specify tank level constraints, i.e. final tank level must be greater than or equal to initial tank level. The unique method used for problem formulation and selection of decision variables (based on several years of research at University of Kentucky) results in highly compact solution space allowing for the most economical pump scheduling solution. The Optimal Pump Scheduling module employs the powerful genetic algorithm optimization that’s use was pioneered by KYPipe for hydraulic calibration of water distribution networks. more
Other hydraulic analysis engines solve only for pressures and flows. Nearly 15 years ago with the support of the National Science Foundation we developed a technique to enhance the basic hydraulic equations for a piping system and directly solve pump speed, valve settings, pipe roughness, flow rates, etc., which will meet a specific pressure requirement. This feature is in our KYPipe engine and can save hours of time normally spent on solving these problems using a trial and error approach. more
Pipe2018: KYPipe includes an exclusive capability that handles Peak Demand Diversity curves for Rural Water Systems required by some state agencies. Designs for branched systems are considerably improved using this technique. In a typical rural analysis, loops are excluded from the Peak Demand Requirements. However, the KYPipe rural analysis includes an Improved Loop Method option which applies a modified hydraulic analysis to all or selected loops in the system. more
Pipe2018 allows users to select from a variety of standard valve types (butterfly, ball, gate, globe, etc) to use in their models. Users only need to specify the Cv for the valve and these valves can be modeled for any percentage of open area. This is especially useful for surge modeling where the closing characteristics of the valves are critical for accurate modeling. more
The Pipe2018 powerful and seamless graphical user interface for the EPA’s water quality modeling program called EPANET. The users may effortlessly create a network model (or import an existing EPANET model), provide the minimum required information for water quality modeling, run water quality simulations, and process the results graphically or in tabulated text format. more
The user specifies the first and last nodes and the rest is done automatically. Tank and reservoir levels, pump speeds, water flow or velocity rates are all animated. Many surge devices (such as air valves and bladder tanks) are also animated in detail within the Surge module. Animation speed can be set and it can be stopped at any given point, allowing the designer to view the model’s activity thoroughly. more
Allows for behavior analysis of water distribution system components such as tanks and pumps under time-varying demand and boundary conditions. Pipe2018:KYPipe allows the users to perform these studies with ease. In fact, Pipe2018:KYPipe was the first software to introduce control switches for modeling automated controls based on SCADA. more
Specify a demand and it will be spread throughout the system automatically. It can be added to existing demands previously assigned to nodes or meters. Control whether the demand is distributed evenly and if smaller pipes are favored. more
Hydrant analysis for hydrant flow rates at 20 psi pressure can be computed for a single hydrant, a group of hydrants, or all hydrants in the system, in a single run. In addition, this tool also offers capabilities to calculate flushing velocity, etc. more
EPANET and H2ONET, and other programs are fully compatible with Pipe2018 data files. Pipe2018 can import and export model files to- and from GIS and AutoCAD.
Comprehensive Pipe2018: KYPipe and Surge training courses are offered throughout the year. These courses can be taken in three, one-day sessions. Attendees have the option to register for 1, 2, or all 3 days. Each day of training provides 1 CEU or 8 PDH credits. Private courses for any of KYPipe’s products are also available.