Supported Elements and Devices

KYPipe supported node elements include junctions, tanks, reservoirs, pumps, sprinklers, rack sprinklers, regulating valves, loss elements, loss elements defined by manufacturer data from a library, variable pressure supplies, active valves, check valves, hydrants, valves, metered connections, on/off valves, intermediate nodes, inline meters, and user-defined devices.  Most devices are also supported by Surge.  See a featured node video, below, on modeling hydropneumatic tanks (or hydrotanks).

Featured Modeling Video

Device Text Descriptions

Active Valve – A valve for which the open ratio (stem position) may be specified and varied.  The program incorporates the Cv (valve coefficient) ratio as a function of stem position for a number of standard valves (ball, butterfly, globe, gate, etc.).  Users can provide data for other valve types.

Blowoff/Nozzle – This element models a hydrant and section of piping which discharges through an orifice to the atmosphere.  It can be used to model the effect of opening a dead-end blowoff.

*Check Valve – Inserted into a pipe, this device allows flow only in the specified direction.  If conditions exist for flow reversal, the valve closes and the line carries no flow.  Active valves and pumps may also incorporate check valves.  Note: the directional arrow should be in the normal direction of flow.

Check Valve Element – This node is independent of other nodes that may incorporate internal check valves, i.e., active valves and pumps.  Its closure characteristics may be based on standard valves (stem position versus area ratio for ball, butterfly, globe etc.). Accelerated closure, differential pressure and flow may also be applied.  See check valve.

*Device 1 and 2 – See user-defined nodes.

Holding Tank  Represents a tank with sump-type pump inside.  The pump is controlled by the liquid level in the holding tank.  The user specifies the tank area, inflow into the tank and pump characteristics.

*Hydrants – This element models a fire hydrant and allows plotting of field hydrant flow data, calculation of fire flows and record maintenance.

Hydropneumatic or Pressurized Tank – This advanced modeling device models a tank which uses air pressure to supply a piping system downstream from the tank.  When the low level is reached the pump adds water to build up pressure and water supply.  For this element an external pump is specified which operates to fill the tank when the pressure falls below a certain level and turns off when the water level in the tank is above a certain level.

*In-Line Meters – In-line meters report flow volume over time.  These devices are used during an Extended Period Simulation (EPS).

*Intermediate Node – Inserted into an existing pipe, intermediate nodes allow for changes in pipe direction and/or elevation.  

Internal Nodes – Because these are internal to a pipe, they do not stop a pipe and start a new pipe.  However, because no new pipe is created by the addition of the internal node and results are not computed for them, they do not add to model overhead.  Check valves, hydrants, intermediate nodes, metered connections, on/off valves and user-defined devices are internal nodes.

Junction – A connection of one (dead-end junction) or more pipe links.  A junction may be placed at a high or low point in a pipeline to calculate results for these locations. Junctions may incorporate static demands or demand patterns.

Library Back Flow Preventer (BFP) – A special loss element for which a head-flow data library is provided based on manufacturer, model, and size.

Loss Element – An element identical to a pump except instead of a head gain, a head loss occurs across this device.

Low-Pressure Sewer (LPS) Tank – This advanced element is used for modeling liquid (sewage) holding tanks with attached submersible pumps.  This device includes a pump and level controls for pump operation.  It is especially useful for modeling low pressure sewage systems but can be used for all holding tanks.

*Metered Connection – A Metered connection node can be defined at any junction or inserted into a pipe.  Each metered connection in a model can have several associated meters, each with its own demand, demand type, name, and user data (e.g., address).

*On/Off Valve – A cut-off or isolation valve which can be closed to prevent flow in the pipeline.

Pump(s) – Pumps are connected to one or more pipes.  The pump’s characteristics may be defined by constant power, a rated condition, head-flow data, or a pump file which includes data for all zones of operation.  Multiple pumps (parallel or series) may also be modeled using the pump element.

Regulator – A connection of one or more pipes is required on each side of this device, which maintains downstream pressure (Pressure Regulating Valve, or PRV), upstream pressure (Pressure Sustaining Valve, or PSV) or flow (Flow Control Valve, or FCV).

Reservoir – A connection of one or more pipe links to a constant-level reservoir.  During a simulation, the reservoir level remains constant unless data is provided to change its value for a particular simulation or at a specified time.

Sprinkler (Pressure Dependent Outflow) – A connection of one or more pipe links to a point where flow is discharged through an opening (orifice) into the atmosphere (or a region of known pressure) based on the pressure in the distribution system. The characteristics of a connecting pipe may be defined (length, diameter, elevation change).  This device can also be used to model a leak or a pressure-sensitive demand.

Tank – This variable-level storage node is connected to one or more pipes.  For Extended Period Simulations (EPS), level changes are calculated. This device can be cylindrical or have any shape defined by the user.

Turbine – This element removes energy (head) from the flow and the head-flow characteristics are described by a data file.  This element is nearly identical to a pump described by a pump file except it creates head loss instead of a head gain.

*User-Defined Nodes – Referred to as Device 1 and Device 2, these are passive, internal nodes which may be used to represent other devices.  They may also serve as location markers, or may be used to reference data such as addresses, notes, dates, etc.

Vacuum Breaker – This device admits air to the pipeline when the pressure is sub-atmospheric.  Without this device, hydraulic calculations will be incorrect if sub-atmospheric pressures develop.  Note: the directional arrow should be in the normal direction of flow.

Variable Pressure Supply – A connection of one or more pipe links to a supply where the supply pressure depends on the supply flow and is determined by using pressure-flow data from either 1) static pressure, residual pressure and flow, or 2) multiple pressure-flow data points.  This device is ideal for modeling a connection to a distribution system such as a supply to a subdivision.

Wicket Gate – This element simulates a gate valve which controls the flow through a turbine.  The percent opening of the gate is required and can be varied.

 * These are internal nodes which do not add to model overhead.