01. Different Types of Supports In AutoPIPE?

AutoPIPE has 9 different types of pipe supports. 

Note: Please see the following AutoPIPE help section to see a grid and hyperlinks that completely describes each type of support and their respective bearing directions: 

Help > Contents> Contents Tab> Command Reference> Supports:

From AutoPIPE's online help:

Note: Bearing Direction refers to what axis a support's stiffness will act in. Example, a spring, support stiffnesses (ex. Rigid, 100 N/mm, etc..)  will only act in the vertical direction regardless of support orientation or pipe orientation..

When referring to a V-stop, the bearing spring stiffness is Rigid and only acts in the Vertical direction regardless of the modeled pipe slope.

A support may be added at any point in the piping (or framing) system, and more than one support is allowed at a point. Once the "Support Type" is specified, the dialog is updated to provide additional fields which are unique to the type of support requested.

Suggest to continue reading AutoPIPE's online help for Support Considerations, Support Notes, Spring Hanger Related Topics, Guide-Related Topics, Modeling Examples, etc...

Comments Questions and Answers about each AutoPIPE Support type

Select the hyperlink below:

a. Spring 

b. Constant

c. V-Stop

d. Incline

e. Line Stop

f. Guide

g. Rotation

h. Damper

i. Tie/Link

j. Continuously supported 

General Support Questions:

Q: Can AutoPIPE convert multiple supports toanchors at a time?

A: No. Delete supports and then insert anchors.

How to model this type of support:

Select image below for detailed instructions:

See Also

Modeling Support and Beam Structures

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