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CASE STUDY: SAFE S.P.A, ITALY
SAFE CHOOSES INTERGRAPH®
CADWORX®
AND
CAESAR II®
FOR BETTER MECHANICAL RESPONSE
ANALYSIS
Oil & gas station manufacturer avoids fatigue failures with improved natural
frequency analysis
IDENTIFYING GOALS
Since 1975, SAFE has been a key player in the Italian oil and gas industry with its
proprietary design and production of compressors, producing tailored and optimized
solutions for the market. Since 2007, SAFE has been working together with GE Oil
& Gas Nuovo Pignone to package, sell, and service GE High-Speed Reciprocating
Compressors worldwide. Presently, SAFE has an oil and gas product portfolio which
ranges from a few kW to 5000 kW machines. SAFE’s own proprietary design and
production compressors are used for small and medium applications, while GE HSR
compressors are packaged for larger services.
Currently, SAFE is involved in the design and production of four gas compression skids
for onshore and offshore applications in southern Italy and Congo.
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES
While working on the project, the engineers at SAFE quickly noticed that fatigue failures
of main piping and small-bore attachments, as well as piping supports degradation,
were common problems associated with compression skids. This is due to high
vibration levels caused by pulsation-induced forces.
This kind of pulsation can cause excessive vibrations and cyclic stresses for the skids.
Therefore, SAFE quickly realized that a mechanical response analysis of the system was
necessary to keep the vibration and cyclic stress levels within allowable levels to avoid
fatigue failures during the early stage of the design process.
REALIZING RESULTS
SAFE chose Intergraph CAESAR II to perform mechanical response analysis according
to the API 618 standard to avoid these challenges. CAESAR II was chosen due to its
modal and harmonic analysis, and it has proven to be an efficient tool to evaluate the
FACTS AT A GLANCE
Company: Safe S.p.A
Website: www.safegas.it
Description: Since 1975, SAFE has
been actively engaged in various
areas of natural gas treatment and
compression. Today SAFE designs,
manufactures, and assembles CNG,
Oil & Gas and Biogas stations with a
manufacturing, and supply capacity of
more than 500 compressors per year.
Employees: 75
Industry: Oil & Gas
Country: Italy
PRODUCTS USED:
• Intergraph®
CADWorx®
Plant
Professional
• CAESAR II®
KEY BENEFITS:
• 70% time savings in calculation
model generation
• Less error-prone model building due
to accuracy of CAESAR II
• Easy management of wide and
complex piping systems from both
design and calculation points of view
mechanical natural frequencies of the system (MNFs) as well as
the vibration and cyclic stress levels caused by dynamic forces
induced by pulsation.
Originally an AutoCAD®
Plant 3D user, SAFE also decided to
adopt Intergraph CADWorx Plant Design Suite for its ease of use,
flexibility, and interoperability with analysis programs. SAFE used
CADWorx Plant Professional to easily create compression skid 3D
models, including piping lines, steel structures, and equipment.
The bi-directional data exhange capability between CADWorx and
CAESAR II positively affected the project outcome and provided
SAFE with:
• 70% time savings in calculation model generation due to
the automatic generation of the CAESAR II model from the 3D
CADWorx model.
• Less error-prone model building due to accuracy of CAESAR II.
• Easy management of wide and complex piping systems from
design and calculation points of view.
• The ability to perform both conventional pipe stress- and
pulsation analysis within a single solution.
• The possibility to easily evaluate possible new solutions to deal
with the problems induced by high pressure pulsations.
The combination of Intergraph CADWorx and CAESAR II allowed
SAFE to consider all of the internal and external factors affecting
the MNFs of the piping systems, such as flexibility and stiffness
of structures and pipe supports, as well as nozzle flexibilities.
MOVING FORWARD
Currently, SAFE is working with Intergraph staff to further improve
CAESAR II capabilities for pulsation studies according to the API
618 standard to make the software even more user-friendly and
to satisfy SAFE’s remaining complex and specific needs. SAFE
plans to use Intergraph analysis solutions in all of its future
compressor projects that they perform for the oil and gas
industries.
Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company’s software and
solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities,
safer communities, and more reliable operations.
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world’s leading provider
of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation
of plants, ships, and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government &
Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency
response, utilities, transportation, and other global challenges.
For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; www.hexagon.
com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive
productivity and quality across industrial and geospatial applications.
ABOUT INTERGRAPH
© Intergraph Corporation. All rights reserved. Intergraph is part of Hexagon. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo, and CADWorx, and CAESAR II are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in
other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. 5/2015 PPM – NL – 0346A – ENG
Compressor skid: 3D CADWorx model
Compressor skid: CAESAR II model

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CaseStudy-SAFE

  • 1. CASE STUDY: SAFE S.P.A, ITALY SAFE CHOOSES INTERGRAPH® CADWORX® AND CAESAR II® FOR BETTER MECHANICAL RESPONSE ANALYSIS Oil & gas station manufacturer avoids fatigue failures with improved natural frequency analysis IDENTIFYING GOALS Since 1975, SAFE has been a key player in the Italian oil and gas industry with its proprietary design and production of compressors, producing tailored and optimized solutions for the market. Since 2007, SAFE has been working together with GE Oil & Gas Nuovo Pignone to package, sell, and service GE High-Speed Reciprocating Compressors worldwide. Presently, SAFE has an oil and gas product portfolio which ranges from a few kW to 5000 kW machines. SAFE’s own proprietary design and production compressors are used for small and medium applications, while GE HSR compressors are packaged for larger services. Currently, SAFE is involved in the design and production of four gas compression skids for onshore and offshore applications in southern Italy and Congo. OVERCOMING CHALLENGES While working on the project, the engineers at SAFE quickly noticed that fatigue failures of main piping and small-bore attachments, as well as piping supports degradation, were common problems associated with compression skids. This is due to high vibration levels caused by pulsation-induced forces. This kind of pulsation can cause excessive vibrations and cyclic stresses for the skids. Therefore, SAFE quickly realized that a mechanical response analysis of the system was necessary to keep the vibration and cyclic stress levels within allowable levels to avoid fatigue failures during the early stage of the design process. REALIZING RESULTS SAFE chose Intergraph CAESAR II to perform mechanical response analysis according to the API 618 standard to avoid these challenges. CAESAR II was chosen due to its modal and harmonic analysis, and it has proven to be an efficient tool to evaluate the FACTS AT A GLANCE Company: Safe S.p.A Website: www.safegas.it Description: Since 1975, SAFE has been actively engaged in various areas of natural gas treatment and compression. Today SAFE designs, manufactures, and assembles CNG, Oil & Gas and Biogas stations with a manufacturing, and supply capacity of more than 500 compressors per year. Employees: 75 Industry: Oil & Gas Country: Italy PRODUCTS USED: • Intergraph® CADWorx® Plant Professional • CAESAR II® KEY BENEFITS: • 70% time savings in calculation model generation • Less error-prone model building due to accuracy of CAESAR II • Easy management of wide and complex piping systems from both design and calculation points of view
  • 2. mechanical natural frequencies of the system (MNFs) as well as the vibration and cyclic stress levels caused by dynamic forces induced by pulsation. Originally an AutoCAD® Plant 3D user, SAFE also decided to adopt Intergraph CADWorx Plant Design Suite for its ease of use, flexibility, and interoperability with analysis programs. SAFE used CADWorx Plant Professional to easily create compression skid 3D models, including piping lines, steel structures, and equipment. The bi-directional data exhange capability between CADWorx and CAESAR II positively affected the project outcome and provided SAFE with: • 70% time savings in calculation model generation due to the automatic generation of the CAESAR II model from the 3D CADWorx model. • Less error-prone model building due to accuracy of CAESAR II. • Easy management of wide and complex piping systems from design and calculation points of view. • The ability to perform both conventional pipe stress- and pulsation analysis within a single solution. • The possibility to easily evaluate possible new solutions to deal with the problems induced by high pressure pulsations. The combination of Intergraph CADWorx and CAESAR II allowed SAFE to consider all of the internal and external factors affecting the MNFs of the piping systems, such as flexibility and stiffness of structures and pipe supports, as well as nozzle flexibilities. MOVING FORWARD Currently, SAFE is working with Intergraph staff to further improve CAESAR II capabilities for pulsation studies according to the API 618 standard to make the software even more user-friendly and to satisfy SAFE’s remaining complex and specific needs. SAFE plans to use Intergraph analysis solutions in all of its future compressor projects that they perform for the oil and gas industries. Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company’s software and solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities, safer communities, and more reliable operations. Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world’s leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships, and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation, and other global challenges. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com. Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; www.hexagon. com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across industrial and geospatial applications. ABOUT INTERGRAPH © Intergraph Corporation. All rights reserved. Intergraph is part of Hexagon. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo, and CADWorx, and CAESAR II are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. 5/2015 PPM – NL – 0346A – ENG Compressor skid: 3D CADWorx model Compressor skid: CAESAR II model