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The list of changes in various START versions

The world's first program for pipe stress analysis START (STATIC Analysis of Piping) has a long history since 1969. It is continuously improved and developed. Changes in various versions of the START software are listed below.

The Version The List of Changes
4.81 R4
  • ASME B31.1-2016, DL/T 5366-2014: Added 5D bends
  • ASME B31.1-2016: considered Note 2 for 102.3.2
  • ASME B31.1-2016: Fixed the reducing tee Zb and SIF calculation
  • ASME B31.1-2016: Fixed problem with pipe wall thickness check in some cases
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: For test mode the allowable stress 1.5(St+Sc) replaced by 1.5St for fittings (bend, tee, reducer)
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Pressure stiffening factor Omega for stress range SIF calculation is now calculated as Omega=0.5*(1+Omega(P)) instead of Omega=1
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Added option to calculate stress for above ground piping according to DL/T 5366-2014
  • DL/T 5366-2014: Expansion allowable stress is now calculated as Sa=f(1.2Sc+0.2Sh) if SL>Sh
  • Fixed export to neutral file in Chinese user interface version
  • Optimized and reduced the memory usage for big models
  • Optimized and accelerated the program operation for big models
  • Improved China Power spring selection algorithm
  • Fixed valve, tee, reducer and flange weight calculation
  • Fixed solution integrity check for guide supports with a gap
  • Fixed the problem with stress calculation in intermediate cross-sections of the bends in all codes (appear in 4.81R1)
  • Fixed the problem with resolution selection in export to graphics file function (bmp, jpg, tif)
  • Fixed some problems with nonferrous material piping
  • Fixed the rejection thickness calculation bug with clipboard copying of the data
  • Fixed some other bugs
  • The START users with valid warranty may download the new version from downloads page. To upgrade the current version the dongle updating is not needed.

4.81 R3
  • Seismic code SP 14.13330.2011 is replaced by SP 14.13330.2014
  • Improved the automatic soil support placement on buried piping
  • Improved the closed circuit control accuracy
  • Improved the slip joint design control
  • For buried piping model added concentrated soil springs placement near the sliding supports, guides, nonstandard restraints and direction changes from 0.5 degree, removed near markers
  • Added ability to set the number of UNDO steps to zero. It is recommended to set the number of UNDO steps to zero while working with very huge models. In this case the UNDO functionality will be disabled and program will work much faster
  • Added ability to set the number of messages in Error and Warning window. It is recommended to set this value to 50-100 while working with very huge models. It will make the program work much faster
  • Added new pictures for START-Elements
  • ISO 14692-3:2002 and GOST 32388-2013 plastic piping: Fixed the stress calculation
  • ISO 14692-3:2002: Added new material Bondstrand 55, Fiber Glass Systems (NOV) for 25 years, filament Wound with Helical Angle 55 deg
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Removed the one-time expansion joint stress range check (E280)
  • Fixed some minor bugs
  • The START users with valid warranty may download the new version from downloads page. To upgrade the current version the dongle updating is not needed.

  • Added new code ASME B31.1-2016 Power Piping (United states)
  • Added new code DL/T 5366-2014 Power Piping (China)
  • ASME B31.1-2016, DL/T 5366-2014: New materials are added into START material database according to ASME B31.1-2016 and DL/T 5366-2014 codes
  • ASME B31.1-2016, DL/T 5366-2014: Added new tee types: Weldolet, Sweepolet, Extruded Outlet
  • ASME B31.1-2016, DL/T 5366-2014: Added new bend type: Non-standard Bend with ability to add used-defined stress intensification factors (SIF) and flexibility factors (k-factors)
  • ASME B31.1-2016, DL/T 5366-2014: Added ability to specify used-defined stress intensification factors (SIF) and branch flexibility factors for Non-standard tees
  • Added new units: psi, ksi, lbf/sq.in., lbf/sq.ft., KPa, bar, kipf
  • ASME B31.1-2016, DL/T 5366-2014: Added tool tips for every cell in code stress table with detailed information about equations and all values used during calculation
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Fixed the allowable stress in test state for long radius pipe bends
  • ISO 14692-3:2002 and GOST 32388-2013 plastic piping: Fixed the stress calculation
  • Added China General Expansion Joint () into Expansion Joint database
  • For buried piping model added concentrated soil springs placement in the points where soil subsidence changes a lot
  • Fixed the model of two-sided guide support on inclined pipes. The inclined restraint is used instead of vertical restraint
  • Fixed the anchor load calculation in some models with sleeve expansion joints
  • Added pipe stiffness for tee run and branch is it have wall thickness greater than the matching pipe
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85, SP 36.13330.2012, CJJ/T 81-2013, GOST 32388-2013, GOST R 55596-2013: additional weight loads in nodes now is not multiplied by 1.1 any more
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85, SP 36.13330.2012: Fixed the fiber stress calculation in the tees
  • GOST 32388-2013: Fixed the stress calculation in stub-ins
  • RD 10-249-98: P91 (ASME SA335) and X10CrMoVNb9-1 (EN 10216-2) steel are added into material database
  • Fitting names are now printed in result tables like node names
  • Fixed some minor bugs
4.80 R1
  • START doesn't support Windows XP any more. Supported operating systems: Vista/7/8/10
  • Added new option START-Plastic piping. It is possible to perform stress analysis for plastic piping polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polybutene (PB), Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), polyvinylchloride (PVC) e.t.c. according to GOST 32388-2013;
  • Added ability to analyze district heating network pipelines with pre-heating method according to GOST R 55596-2013 and CJJ/T 81-2013;
  • Added ability to specify names for the nodal elements: restraints, bends, tees, expansion joints, reducers and so on;
  • Added function for mirroring the selected piping segment relative to arbitrary plane;
  • Added application guide in START help system;
  • Added new pdf user's manual;
  • Newly developed and replaced the export to dxf (Autocad format) module;
  • START-Seismic: Added new, more accurate seismic stress summing algorithm. The seismic stresses are reduced now;
  • START-Seismic: Allowable stresses for RD 10-249-98 code is got for 10 000 hours;
  • START-Seismic: Seismic displacements now cut and can't be higher than specified gaps. The warning message generated when beating in restraint with gaps detected;
  • ISO 14692-3:2002: Code updated to ISO 14692-3:2002/Cor 1:2005;
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Allowable stresses in cold and test state now is 1.5Sc and 1.5Sc instead of 3Sc. The operation allowable is 3Sh;
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Updated material database per DL/T 5366-2014 instead of old DL/T 5366-2006;
  • GOST 32388-2013, GOST R 55596-2013, CJJ/T 81-2013: Code updated, allowable stresses in test state for bends, tees and reducers now is 1.5(Sc+Sh);
  • Added China power springs table to springs database and added corresponding selection algorithm;
  • Added Chinese constant force hanger table NB/T 47038-2013 to constant force hanger database and corresponding selection algorithm;
  • Code GB 10182-88 replaced by NBT 47039-2013 in springs database;
  • Piping model: Improved the nonlinear model iteration algorithm for one-way supports. Added solution integrity check;
  • Piping model: Improved soil spring placement algorithm for long radius bends;
  • START-Elements: Added centrifugal pump load check per API 610 (ISO 13709), GOST 32601-2013 and Kellogg (L.C. Peng);
  • Now arch length of long radius bends is showed in 3D graphics when show length function is enabled;
  • For Rotate and Mirror functions added ability to rotate pipe element distributed loads, node concentrated forces, restraints in the nonstandard restraint, restraints in the nonstandard expansion joint, nodal deformations, restraint displacements;
  • Fixed problem with appearing of empty standalone nodes after deleting the piping segments;
  • Added function that highlight the support loads that is higher than specified allowable values;
  • Added ability to place tees and valve between anchor and slip joint.
4.79 R3
  • Fixed out-of-memory crash bug for very big models;
  • Improved test pressure calculation for flange leakage check. The flange pressure for test condition is divided by factor k=Ptest/Pope;
  • START-Seismic: Removed unnecessary error checks;
  • START-Seismic: Fixed problem with seismic anchor movement group number higher than 10;
  • START-Seismic: Fixed property copying function from one pipe to others for seismic properties;
  • RD 10-249-98 . 5.1: Added ability to set 3 mill tolerances for bends;
  • START-Elements: Fixed virtual anchor length calculation for buried pipe;
  • Fixed analysis of models with nonstandard restraints with elastic links when option "fixed in test state"is enabled;
  • Fixed problem with convergence of iterations for some models with one-sided restraints (error "W541");
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes.
4.79 R2
  • 3D view: Improved deformed shape animation for seismic load cases;
  • Fixed bug in intermediate anchor load calculation in local pipe axes;
  • START-Elements: Improved the iteration algorithm for virtual anchor length calculation;
  • Fixed other minor bugs.
4.79 R1
  • Added translation of the user interface, documentation and help system to Chinese language;
  • Added translation of the help system to English language;
  • Added ability to switch between Russian, English and Chinese user interface and contextsensitive help system languages;
  • Added static seismic analysis for above ground piping (START-Seismic plug-in). Supported codes is RD 10-249-98, GOST 32388-2013, GOST R 55596-2013, SNIP 2.05.06-85, SP 36.13330.2012, CJJ/T 81-2013 according to seismic code SNiP II-7-81*, SP 14.13330.2011, NP-031-01, GB50011-2001 (additional option START-Seismic);
  • GOST 32388-2013, GOST R 55596-2013, CJJ/T 81-2013: improved the calculation of stresses in the branch tees in test mode;
  • 3D view: The non-standard restraints are now displayed more realistic with real link directions;
  • GOST 32388-2013: In the START-Elements added ability to define two values of mill tolerance for reducers and the minimum allowable wall thickness for both diameters is taken into account;
  • GOST 32388-2013: corrected calculation of support loads from the low-temperature pipes in "mixed" lines containing high and low temperature pipes simultaneously;
  • START-Elements: improved the calculation of pipe loops. Added the pressure thrust effect and cold condition with friction forces acting in opposite direction analysis;
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: improved the calculation of pipe loops in the START-Elements. Added the stress and fatigue check for the bends;
  • RD 10-249-98: Now instead of fatigue fracture factor equal to design stress range divided by allowable stress amplitude, the separate values of design and allowable stress amplitude are printed in stress table;
  • Piping model: Added automatic markers placement. Now there's no need to add markers manually;
  • Piping model: In flange leakage analysis the longitudinal forces are now displayed without pressure thrust forces effect;
  • Piping model: Added ability to calculate loads on flanged connections for high-temperature pipelines;
  • Soil springs arrangement model: Added soil spring concentration for the nodes with different soil properties on the both sides (Insulation casing diameter, soil type, insulation type, cushion presence, adhesion factor, pipe weight, submerged option, settlement option);
  • Expansion joint and fiberglass material database are now open for modification;
  • Added a new expansion joint deformation table that allows easily to compare the design and allowable deformations;
  • Added additional property for forged and welding tee - tee height;
  • Added ability to change the pipe length in pipe properties;
  • Added check box "use the gaps" for the double-sided and single-sided guides;
  • Fixed some minor bugs.
4.78 R4
  • Piping model: Fixed inaccuracy for piping with spring hangers and supports;
  • Piping model: Fixed the soil springs placement in the bends when it has been splitted manually;
  • Piping model: Removed unnecessary fine soil spring mesh near a some free nodes;
  • 3D view: Fixed inaccuracy in deformed shape of pipeline near the bends;
  • Fixed other minor bugs.
4.78 R3
  • Added stress analysis of glass-reinforced plastics (GRP) piping using ISO 14692-3:2002
  • ISO 14692-3:2002: Added material "Wavistrong" (winding angle 55 and 63) by Future Pipe Industries into material database. The database is read only
  • Piping model: Added the new more accurate soil springs arrangement model
  • Piping model: The stresses in bends are now calculated in 3 cross-sections: two ends of the bend and middle point. For buried bends stresses are calculated in several (more than 3) points along the bend depending on the soil springs number
  • Piping model: The restriction on permissible bend radius is removed. Now bend, elbow, miter bend, forged bend radius can be 0.5D...10D, large radius bend can be 35D and more, prestressed bend can be over 1000D
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Changed the format of stress table
  • START-Elements: Fixed wall thickness calculation for buried pipe. Now internal pressure + soil weight case is taken into consideration
  • GOST 32388-2013: fixed the bug with reducers when the type of material is "seamless"
  • GOST 32388-2013: fixed the bug with vacuum piping analysis
  • GOST 32388-2013: fixed the bug with importing some materials from older versions project files created in SA 03-00-3-07
  • Fixed disappeared warnings about longitudinal stability lost and wall thickness for buried pipe considering soil weight + internal pressure case
  • Flexible joints database: Added "manufacturer" field
  • Flexible joints database: Added ability to sort by various parameters, including manufacturer
  • Flexible joints database: Added ability to select manufacturer and product when selecting a joint from the database
  • Flexible joints database: the database is read only now
  • 3D view: added ability to view the soil springs after analysis. It can be switched on in 3D view settings
  • 3D view: improved the rotation of piping with very long pipes
  • 3D view: added visibility of the rotation center point during rotation
  • 3D view: fixed export into graphics file on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • 3D view: fixed some bugs in deformed pipeline
  • 3D view: added ability to export the piping graphics into jpg, png and tif formats
  • 3D view: added ability to change the sizes of sliding support and springs stand in 3D view settings
  • Independent piping: Added visibility of coordinates of every node in node properties
  • Independent piping: Added visibility of coordinates center point in 3D view
  • Independent piping: Added visibility of base nodes in 3D view
  • Independent piping: Added ability to insert the independent node outside of existing piping
  • Independent piping: Added ability to set the coordinates relative to any existing node during the piping paste from clipboard into independent node or insertion of independent node
  • Independent piping: Added function "set origin in the node"
  • Added output of expansion joint displacements in operation condition with pressure and operation condition with no pressure;
  • Added ability to analyze buried sleeve compensator without near standing guide;
  • Added ability to set CJJ/T 81-2013 as default in new document properties;
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.77 R2
  • GOST 32388-2013: Implemented section 14.1.1
  • GOST 32388-2013: Fixed inaccuracies in copying material properties from *.mat files created for SA 03-003-07
  • Fixed pasting of a disconnected pipeline when a base node is set in the copied element
  • Fixed bug in inserting reducers or tees near other piping elements
  • Fixed a bug causing an error, "This material cannot be used for given temperature", when calculating rejection thickness
  • Removed analysis of insulation casing diameter for adjoining buried pipes
  • Fixed problem with materials when calculating rejection thickness
  • Added control on restriction of application of reducer analysis methods
  • Fixed a bug with spring supports
  • Fixed a bug with constant force supports
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.77 R1
  • Added analysis using GOST 32388-2013 process piping. Standards and methods of stress, vibration and seismic effect analyses (replaced outdated SA 03-003-07 and RTM 38.001-94)
  • GOST 32388-2013: Added analysis of color metals (aluminium, copper, titanium, and their compounds) in START and START-Elements
  • GOST 32388-2013: Added color metal properties to database, for calculation of static stress and fatigue failure
  • Added "Belman" axial expansion joints for district heating networks to database
  • Implemented analysis of several independent pipelines simultaneously in one file
  • Added paste function for independent pipelines
  • Added ability to insert both rotational and linear support movements in a single node
  • Updated test state analysis. Branch bending is now calculated at test temperature and pressure, rather than cold state
  • Completely redesigned export to Word function. Tables are aligned by sheet width and text is set to fit to cell
  • Added ability to export node names to dxf files
  • Added ability to not set the void factor, soil particle weight and the axial resistance factor to the soils database
  • Updated the flange leak resistance analysis methods. The minimum allowable pressure for flanges is given, rather than nominal pressure. Pipe diameter and temperature are also deduced. Nominal flange pressure must be manually selected based on these data
  • Optimized graphics memory usage
  • START-Elements: Fixed buried loop analysis
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.76 R3
  • Improved analysis of stress in tees
  • Fixed bug in analysis of eccentric reducers
  • Added ability to insert pressure balanced bellows. Gland bellows cannot be buried and can only be placed on above-ground pipe elements
  • Fixed highlighting error in the stress table for test state
  • Fixed recurring error with the quality factor of branch welds
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.76 R2
  • Fixed a bug in the analysis of pipelines containing gland bellows
  • Improved work with models containing a large number of nodes and a large number of unknowns
  • Fixed input using SP 36.13330-2012
  • Fixed a bug in load analysis for local support axis in test state
  • Fixed bug in analysis of pipelines containing guide support with a 0 friction factor
  • Fixed a bug in the analysis of the stress intensification factor in welded tees using GOST 55596-2013 and CJJ/T 81-2013
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.76 R1
  • Added analysis using Chinese standards CJJ/T 81-2013 District heating networks
  • Added Chinese GB 10182-88 to the springs database and added the ability to select spring hangers using GB 10182-88
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Chinese metals added to materials database
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Added insulation weight based on Chinese standards and the HTN manufacturer
  • CJJ/T 81-2013: Added additional analysis of local pipe wall stability using EN 18941-2003 in addition to CJJ/T 81-2013
  • SP 36.13330.2012: Fixed a bug in pipeline categories
  • GOST 55596-2013: Adjusted weight force analysis in tees and branches
  • START-Elements: Added relative displacement analysis for one-time expansion joints using GOST R 55596-2013
  • START-Elements: Adjusted analysis of distance between supports using GOST R 55596-2013
  • Added ability to analyze one-way guiding supports placed on inclined pipe elements up to 18 degrees from horizontal. The friction field is horizontal
  • Added ability to analyze two-way guiding supports placed on inclined pipe elements with any angle from horizontal, including vertical. The friction field is along the pipe
  • Fixed bug with inverted display when importing to .bmp
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.75 R2
  • Fixed a bug with equivalent number of full cycles
  • Fixed copy and paste issues
  • START-PDMS-B: Fixed exporting error causing branch end elements to not load properly
4.75 R1
  • Added analysis using GOST R 55596-2013 District heating networks. Codes and standards for stress and seismic force analyses (released to replace STO 10.001-2009 and RD 10-400-01)
  • Added an automatic flange leak resistance check using simplified methodology
  • Added a new element - gland valve
  • START-Elements: added virtual anchor length analysis
  • START-Elements: added buried pipeline stability analysis
  • START-Elements: added stability analysis for above ground pipeline with sliding supports with ability to set distance between guiding supports
  • START-Elements: improved stability analysis for pipeline walls under soil pressure for buried valves
  • Pressure analysis for extruded tees is now done using the internal rather than external neck radius
  • Fixed various bugs in 3D view
  • Fixed error with closed contours containing an eccentric reducer
  • Improved rotation in 3D view
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.73 R1
  • Added START-PDMS-B for working with AVEVA PDMS data
  • Added analysis using STO Sintez 91579448-01.1-2013 for buried fiberglass district heating networks with PUR insulation
  • STO 91579448-01.1-2013: Added element "Joint"
  • STO 91579448-01.1-2013: Added materials "STO Sintez 55" and "STO Sintez 63"
4.72 R3
  • Improved 3D view print quality
  • Added analysis name when printing
  • Added font size settings for display and for printing
  • Fixed bug with load analysis for local restraint axis
  • Fixed bug causing empty pop-up windows
  • Fixed lag problems encountered on some systems
  • Added restriction: a warning is displayed when spring load variation exceeds set value
  • Added restriction: material name cannot exceed 16 characters
  • Added restriction: warning when pipeline ends are left open
  • Minimum wall thickness is set with a 3% margin, if this is specified in standards
  • Increased display speed when switching between graphic windows
  • Increased 3D view loading speed
  • Increased analysis speed
  • Added x symbol for selected node, which blinks when necessary for easier detection
  • Added coordinate axes when printing and exporting to .bmp files
  • Added display of the number of unknown variables after an analysis in the errors and warnings window
  • Fixed scaling bug with node elements in 3D view
  • Restored "Select all" function
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.72 R2
  • Improved convergence of iterations when both friction and one-way restraints are present
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.72 R1
  • Completely redesigned 3D view
  • Added button to display the springs database from spring support and hanger settings
  • "Other" added for spring standards
  • Added ability to input carrying capacity for user's springs
  • Density added to materials database
  • Added ability to automatically calculate pipe weight based on material density
  • Added the 1.6 minimum gap restriction for nonstandard restraints. This restriction remains for guiding supports
  • Improved convergence of iterations for one-way restraints. If an amplification algorithm is used the following message is displayed: "allowed support subsidence is considered". This is a notification only
  • START interface view is saved only when "View - Save current environment" is selected
  • START-Elements: added ability to turn off minimum wall and element thickness restriction
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.71 R3 beta
  • Completely redesigned 3D view
4.71 R2
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Fixed import of properties files to the materials database
  • RD 10-249-98 section 5.2: Fixed stress table with selection of springs in cold state
  • Create list of pipe elements- fixed generating for reducing tees
4.71 R1
  • Added support for Windows 8
  • Added ability to select WITZENMANN constant force supports and hangers
  • RD 10-249-98: included revisions by NPO CKTI, regarding lateral (not orthogonal) tees and stub-ins (up to 45 degree angle) to START and START-Elements
  • RD 10-249-98 section 5.2: added ability to input ovalization for elbows in START-Elements
  • SA 03-003-07 high pressure: minimum wall thickness set in accordance with SA 03-003-07
  • SA 03-003-07: fixed pressure analysis for tees. Previously, rod height was based on formula (3.22). Now, the lesser of the following two is used: set rod height or formula (3.22)
  • SA 03-003-07: fixed stability analysis bug for vacuum pipelines
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85, SP 36.13330.2012: Stress is now calculated considered pressure thrust force
  • Distributed product weight and density added for large-radius bends and branches
  • Strengthened depth accuracy control for buried elastic bends
  • Perfected iteration algorithm for one-way restraints. Improved convergence, the "insufficient support load" warning appears less often
  • Added ability to sort nodes when exporting to Word
  • Fixed bug when setting sliding support load for local restraint axis in nodes with valves
  • Fixed bug with allowance for corrosion and mill tolerance when checking wall thickness of vacuum pipe elements and their stability analysis in START
  • Fixed bug with analyzing nonstandard restraints containing spring supports with gaps
  • Fixed insulation stress analysis when the piping models contains both PUR and PPM pipes
  • Fixed bug causing the errors and warnings window to not appear after analysis
  • Fixed the setting of density as 0 when opening old START files
  • Removed stability analysis for above-ground pipe elements of above-ground pipelines
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.70 R2
  • Added restriction: pre-tightening cannot be input for nonstandard restraints without springs
  • Added restriction: maximum of 10 spring chains per spring support
  • Added restriction: gaps of less than 1.6mm for pipes with D<125mm and 2.0mm for pipes with D>125mm are not considered in the analysis
  • Fixed load analysis for local restraint axis for buried sliding and guiding supports
  • Updated WITZENMANN expansion joint selection algorithm
  • Changed output table format for displacements, support loads, relative displacement of expansion joints, forces. Added ability to sort, interactive selection of coordinate system, analysis state, filter for support and node element types. Added node element name column
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.70 R1
  • Added ability to analyze using the new code: SP 36.13330.2012 transmission pipelines. Updated edition of SNIP 2.05.06-85
  • START-Elements: implemented analysis for pump loads
  • Added WITZENMANN springs to the springs database. Implemented algorithms for selecting WITZENMANN springs and their tightening
  • Disabled selection of spring supports in PDKON state
  • Added restriction for soil codes and other properties of pipe elements adjoining bends
  • Added ability to open and save open-format files using "File-Open" and "File-Save as..."
  • Added bookmarks, with the ability to adjust bookmark display and docking
  • Added ability to input product density and implemented automatic analysis of distributed product weight in pipe properties
  • Increased maximum wall thickness from 99mm to 210mm
  • Added automatic removal of inccorect elements (0 distance, duplicates, etc.) prior to analysis
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.67 R7
  • Switched to a new format of saving data to USB dongle
4.67 R6
  • RD 10-249-98: Fixed bug with analysis of weight stress in branches
  • SA 03-003-07: Fixed bug with analysis of pipelines with spring supports spring supports
  • Fixed bug with editing soil properties
4.67 R5
  • RD 10-249-98, SA 03-003-07 fixed various bugs
  • Fixed bug with analysis of gaps in guiding supports
  • Fixed bug with analysis of pipelines with gaps when selecting spring supports
  • Fixed bug with displaying an elements list
  • Fixed bug with splitting a pipe element set in a cylindrical coordinate system
  • Fixed bug with saving settings in registry
  • Changed spring loads menu structure
  • Change dialog for inserting a node in pipe elements and branches
  • Added restriction for physical-mechanical soil property values
4.67 R4
  • Fixed instability bugs
  • Fixed bugs in the "support loads for pipeline axis" table
4.67 R3
  • RD 10-249-98: updated consideration of the effect of the presence of lining in tees and stub-ins on stress
  • Added settings for font size variation factor when printing. More...
  • Added ability to specify location of temporary files and empty files. More...
4.67 R2
  • Fixed bug with location of databases when installing
4.67 R1
  • RD 10-249-98: added data for 400,000 hours resource to database
  • SA 03-003-07: implemented update 4 to SA 03-003-07 (2011)
  • SA 03-003-07: Fixed bug with load analysis on supports in test state PDKON
  • RD 10-249-98, SA 03-003-07 high pressure: Fixed bug with branch pressure analysis
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: In START-Elements, added consideration of branch stress in gauge analysis of U-, L- and Z-shaped pipes
  • Added properties of standard WITZENMANN axial, angular and lateral expansion joints to expansion joints database
  • Improved input dialogues for nonstandard restraints and nonstandard expansion joints. Friction restraints are now set automatically
  • Gaps can now be inserted for guiding supports
  • Changed analysis of guiding supports: 1 - friction is considered along the vertical plane of lateral supports, as well as the horizontal support plane; 2 - lateral restraints and friction are still in effect when vertical restraints are disabled. To get results equivalent to old analysis versions, when opening START 4.66 or lower version files, guiding supports can be set to be automatically converted to nonstandard restraints, according to the old modeling version for guiding supports. This change is not reversible - when a one-sided guiding support is disabled, 4.67 analysis results will always be different from 4.66 and lower.
  • Added ability to input restraints with gaps for nonstandard restraints
  • Added pipe element names. More...
  • Switched to Unicode. START is now displayed correctly on Russian versions of Windows
  • Fixed bug with cold state analysis when supporting forces and flexibility is set for all springs
  • Added "support loads for pipeline axis" table, where support loads along and perpendicular to the pipeline axis and vertical support loads are displayed automatically. A 0.8 load ratio for intermediate supports to the left and to the right can also be automatically considered using section 8.44 SNIP 2.05.06-85
  • Added "two-sided intermediate support loads" table
  • Fixed bugs with bend stability analysis. Added analysis for concave bends.
  • Added "laying type" to pipe elements and fittings properties tree - buried, above-ground and "node"
  • Fixed bugs with displaying displacements in the displacements panel
  • Fixed other bugs and made improvements to the output 3D view
  • Added export to (bmp) function with any resolution
  • Released the English version of START
  • Fixed bug with the analysis of spring load variation percent in cold state
  • Added restriction that materials database can only be edited if stress units are set as MPa
  • Improved zoom function. A rectangle of any ratio can be selected
4.66 R3
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Fixed bug with tee stress analysis
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: fixed bug causing the message "the fitting is bigger than adjoining pipe elements"
4.66 R2
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Fixed bug with wall thickness analysis for pressure in test state
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Fixed bugs with warnings
  • SA 03-003-07: Fixed freezing bug with pipe wall thickness analysis in START-Elements
  • Fixed bug with displaying pipeline deformed shape with various expansion joints
  • Increased restrictions on input data
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.66 R1
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Added ability to input ballasting weights for ballasting analysis of transmission pipelines
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Implemented analysis of pipeline float in flooded soil (e.g. swamp)
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Added ability to consider vehicle load on buried pipelines in START-Elements
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Added ability to select safety factor for pressure loads - 1.1 or 1.15 based on table 13 (previously it was always set at 1.1)
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Added analysis of circular standard pressure stress to prevent not allowable plastic deformations in buried and above-ground pipelines using (30) section 8.26
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Buried pipeline stress analysis is now automatically performed using standard loads - section 8.26 formula (29)
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Tees and branches stress analysis is now automatically performed using standards loads and yield limit is set as resistance, using section 8.64
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Equivalent fibre stress is now different for compressed and stressed cross-sections
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85, RD 10-400-01, STO 10.001-2009: Pipe and fittings weight is added for buried pipelines
  • SA 03-003-07: All stresses in working state are determined in the high pressure analysis for low temperature pipelines
  • RD 10-249-98: All stresses in working state are determined for low temperature pipelines
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85, RD 10-400-01, STO 10.001-2009: Implemented analysis of buried sliding and guiding supports
  • RD 10-249-98, SA 03-003-07: If low temperature and high temperature pipe elements are present simultaneously, stress analyses are performed using low temperature and high temperature pipeline standards, respectively
  • START-Elements: Added ability to input expansion joint dimensions considering restrictions for axial loads on lateral supports
  • When the "set in test state" option is selected for nonstandard restraints, spring supports are transformed to one-way restraints (as opposed to two-way in prior versions)
  • Added ability to input effective field and analyze pressure thrust force for nonstandard expansion joints
  • Automatic end analysis is run to take into account nonlinear effects when selecting spring supports and hangers in cold state. There is no need to perform an additional analysis manually. More...
  • Added ability to work with pipelines containing several independent pipe elements. More...
  • Added ability to highlight a closed circuit when a disconnect is detected, in order to easier locate the problem
  • Added "check rotational displacements" option for axial expansion joints
  • Added databases for axial, one-time, rotational and lateral expansion joints produced by ZAO Energomash and OAO NPP Kompensator, with the ability to automatically select by diameter, pressure and product type
  • Changed distortion restrictions for axial expansion joints
  • Added rotation function "as in Autocad": Shift + press rotate mouse wheel
  • Added restriction: average and rest factors for pipes adjoining tees must be set or not set
  • Added restriction: friction factors in friction restraints in nonstandard restraints must be the same
  • Added ability to insert two stub-ins at a 1mm distance to represent a universal expansion joint
  • Added ability to simultaneously delete multiple selected pipe elements
  • Fixed straight stub-in analysis when branch and run thickness differs
  • Fixed bug with export to Microsoft Word 2010
  • Implemented ability to update START. Prior versions no longer need to be deleted before installation
  • Implemented installation using ActiveDirectory, which allows remote installation on multiple platforms
4.65 R2
  • SA 03-003-07: Fixed bug with tee analysis in vacuum pipelines
  • Fixed bugs with inputting dimensions in cylindrical coordinates
  • Fixed bug causing warning about supports being placed too close together (less than 5D)
  • Added ability to place stub-ins at close distance (from 1mm)
4.65 R1
  • RD 10-249-98 section 5.2: Implemented revisions by NPO CKTI for tees with various ratios of run to branch diameter (straight and recuding)
  • SA 03-003-07: Added analysis of high pressure pipelines (up to 38MPa)
  • SA 03-003-07: database for GOST 14249-89 changed to GOST R 52857.1-2007
  • SA 03-003-07: electric-welded pipe database adjusted for GOST P 52857.1-2007
  • Added automatic allowable load analysis for supports and equipment. If allowable load is exceeded, a warning is displayed
  • Added ability to switch between two iteration formulas for analysis of pipelines including one-way restraints and friction. More...
  • Added automatic placement of caps in all end nodes. More...
  • Added option to toggle comparison of wall thickness with minimum allowable value on/off (in START-Elements). More...
  • Added automatic replacement of selected spring supports with nonstandard restraints. More...
  • Added warning after spring selection if the number of spring chains exceeds the value set in input
  • Improved iteration formulas for analysis of pipelines with one-way restraints and friction
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Fixed bug with transferring spring properties
  • Material and soil properties are now saved to "ctp" files. When opening a material or soils file, a dialogue offering to input new elements into the database pops up. If the materials or soils in the file are present in the database, but their properties differ, 3 options are available: update database properties, add element to the database under a new name, or delete the element in the file and use properties from the database
  • Material and soil properties used in the analysis are now saved in open format files
  • For easier input of elements for transmission pipelines (where plan and profile are used as input data) implemented input of dimensions in "cylindrical" coordinates. Pipe element dimensions are set as a projection on the XY plane, projection on the Z axis and the two angles between the XY projection and the X and Y axes
  • Added automatic replacement of commas to periods in text fields. Data can now be entered using the number pad when the keyboard language setting is set to Russian
  • Added "display" function for pipe element and fittings properties tree
  • Added ability to automatically insert U-shaped expansion joints in one node
  • Added ability to determine element wall thickness in vacuum in START-Elements
4.63 R4
  • STO 10.001-2009: Fixed bug with producing an equivalent number of full cycles
  • STO 10.001-2009: Fixed bug with tee and stub-in stress analysis
  • STO 10.001-2009: Fixed bug with displaying reducers
  • STO 10.001-2009: Fixed bug with displaying reducer properties after a multiple element replacement
  • SA 03-003-07: Fixed bug with defectiveness analysis for nonstandard tees
  • Fixed bug with the cancel function
4.63 R3
  • SA 03-003-07: Fixed bug with analysis of high-temperature pipelines
4.63 R2
  • Fixed bug with extruded tee analysis
  • Fixed bug with warnings about supports (no convergence of iterations)
  • Fixed bug with resource analysis for austenitic metal elements
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.63 R1
  • Added ability to analyze using STO ROSTEKHEXPERTIZA 10.001-2009 District heating networks. stress analysis standards and methods. Put into effect by the order of the General director of the ROSTEKHEXPERTIZA. List of changes in the new document: More...
  • Implemented ROSTEKHEXPERTIZA's revision No.3 SA 03-003-07
  • Implemented the use of STO ROSTEKHEXPERTIZA 10.001-2009 for analyzing ISOPROFLEX and ISOPROFLEX- plastic bends and KASAFLEX corrugated steel bends
  • STO 10.001-2009: Implemented STO 10.001-2009 for allowable stress in materials database
  • STO 10.001-2009: Added ability to analyze bend and pressure in reducers (concentric and eccentric)
  • STO 10.001-2009: Added ability to analyze bend in single miter joints (two pipes adjoining at an angle without a bend)
  • STO 10.001-2009: Added ability to analyze bend in lateral tees and stub-ins (branch axis is not perpendicular to run axis)
  • STO 10.001-2009: Added ability to analyze pipeline resource using STO 10.001-2009
  • STO 10.001-2009: Added ability to select ISOPROFLEX standard pipe size
  • STO 10.001-2009, SA 03-003-07, RD 10-400-01, RTM 38.001-94: Disabled wall thickness check for occasional pressure
  • STO 10.001-2009, RD 10-400-01: Modified friction analyses. When analyzing fatigue failure, cold state friction factor is set as 50% of working state friction factor. When analyzing cold state, friction coefficient is set as 100%. This allows the consideration of the friction factor's fluctuation over heating and cold cycles. In prior versions, friction factor was set as 50% for cold state analysis; therefore, stresses in cold state will be higher in version 4.63
  • STO 10.001-2009: Added bending stress from pipe cross-section ovalization under soil pressure in the analysis of one-time expansion joints in START-Elements
  • STO 10.001-2009, RD 10-400-01, SA 03-003-07: Instead of allowable stress, "None" is displayed in cases when stress analysis is not performed, based on applicable standards
  • STO 10.001-2009, RD 10-400-01: Hoop stress for buried pipelines is now determined as the maximum value of two analyses - taking into account internal pressure and not taking it into account. In the latter case, section ovalization is increased. As a result, stress from weight and all effects in operation state will be somewhat higher
  • RD 10-400-01, SA 03-003-07: Stress intensification factor and bending factors for bends in cold state no longer take into account pressure, since pressure is not considered in cold state. As a result, defectiveness and stress in branches in cold state will be higher, and forces in cold state will also change
  • RD 10-249-98: Added accurate unit conversion for 1 kgf = 9.807 N, which can be used instead of the rounded-off 1 kgf = 10 N. More...
  • Added warning regarding not following standards
  • Added ability to insert two-way guiding supports and other restraints in nodes connective buried and above-ground pipeline elements
  • Updated tee weight analysis: added "run length" for welded and extruded tees. The weight of straight run pipe elements is deducted from input tee weight
  • Updated valve weight analysis: the weight of straight pipes with length equal to valve length is automatically deducted from input valve weight
  • Added option to fix all springs in nonstandard restraints in test state analysis
  • Fixed bugs with automatic recalculation of product and pipe weight. More...
  • Disabled rounding-off of wall thickness and corrosion allowance when saving
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Fixed bug with export/import of k1, k2, etc. factors into open format
  • Successful software test in Windows 7
  • Added ability to insert and move intermediate nodes in branches
  • Added ability to automatically analyze tee weight. More...
  • Added new rotation option in 3D view - "cylindrical". More...
  • Added ability to view depth of pipe laying, water height and subsidence (displayed as lines above each pipe element) in 3D. More...
  • Improved the "properties" menu. During automatic pipe and product weight recalculation by density, pipe and product weight is calculated independently for each pipe element based on its properties
  • Added option to synchronize 3D view and output 3D view
4.62 R4
  • Fixed bug with warnings for supports under valves
4.62 R3
  • Fixed bug with selecting LISEGA springs
  • SA 03-003-07, RTM 38.001-94: Fixed bug with calculating allowable stress amplitude
  • Fixed bug with pressure analysis for above-ground expansion joints and pipes in START-Elements and START-Express
  • Fixed editing of pipe element and fitting properties for a category of elements (bug appeared in 4.62 R2)
4.62 R2
  • Fixed bug with autosave
  • Fixed bug with one-way restraint analysis
  • Disabled additional duplicate pressure check for pipes adjoining an extruded tee
  • Fixed other minor bugs
4.62 R1
  • Implemented amendments 1 and 2 to "ROSTEKHEXPERTIZA" SA 03-003-07. Changed tee, vacuum pipe element and fatigue failure analysis methods
  • Rejection thickness analysis set in accordance with SA 03-003-07
  • Added option for bend analysis: PEX crosslinked polyethylene and corrugated steel (ISOPROFLEX, ISOPROFLEX-A, KASAFLEX)
  • RD 10-400-01, SNIP 2.05.06-85: Added ability to input and take into account variable laying depth, variable water height and variable subsidence for buried pipe elements, which allows more accurate and user-friend modeling of buired pipelines
  • RD 10-400-01: Added PPM insulation: Made additions to the insulation weight database, added PPM insulation stress analysis, added consideration of PPM-insulation in buried pipeline forces analysis
  • Added LISEGA springs to springs database. Implemented LISEGA spring selection and tightening
  • Added ability to input three projections for "pre-tightening" in nonstandard restraints, which is necessary, for example, for inputting horizontal and inclined LISEGA spring supports
  • Added new standard support - "two-way guiding". Unlike a one-way guiding support, a two-way guiding support restricts upward displacements
  • Deformed shape are now built taking into account evenly distributed load on pipe elements
  • Displacements table now displays displacements in branches
  • RD 10-249-98: Added ability to take into account three mill tolerances in branches according to standards
  • Added spring carrying capacity conditions analysis, where properties are input (rather than set automatically)
  • Added ability to input flange pairs
  • Added new restraint - Marker, used to improved analysis accuracy in certain cases
  • Displacements table is now always produced for all nodes. There is no need to select it
  • Added table for "loads and displacements in restraints" analysis output.
  • Improved "properties" menu. Added cell displaying multiple properties (e.g., diameter of 219 and wall thickness of 6 are displayed as "219X6"). Also added ability to automatic change properties for a category of selected pipe elements, which can be used as an alternative to "copy pipe element properties". More...
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Improved buried pipeline analysis methods. Added the "unit weight of solid" property in soils database
  • Added display of displacements in the displacement window in work, cold and present state
  • When working with a network key, you can now run any number of copies of the software on local workstations, using a single network license
  • Added ability to input node names, which are displayed in all output tables and in 3D view
  • Added search nodes by name function
  • Added input node numbers function
  • Added change angle between pipe elements function
  • Added options to automatically delete and copy properties of selected springs in spring support properties
  • For long radius bends and prestressed bends added ability to split, insert, move and delete nodes. More...
  • Improved elements, fittings and supports tree. Fitting and support types are now displayed
  • Added kN, kN*m, kgf*m, N*cm, cm^4 measurement units
  • Added ability to delete a selected category of supports or fittings
  • Added ability to copy fittings data from/to START and START-Elements. More....
  • Made additions to electronic help
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Added autosave
  • Improved analysis accuracy for extended above-ground pipelines without intermediate anchors
  • Improved soil analysis for inclined pipe elements, including vertical. More...
  • Updated analysis of stub-ins with different branch and run materials
  • Set stricter restrictions on input and output data (added spring carrying capacity conditions analysis, etc.)
  • Fixed bug with displaying cycle number in the stress table
  • Made changes to insulation weight database
  • RD 10-400-01: Refined allowable stress for steel 17
  • SNIP 2.05.06-85: Updated wall thickness analysis
  • Updated display of temperature history when temperature fluctuation is negative
  • Additional node loads in nodes with anchors are now calculated during analysis of support loads
  • Additional loads in nodes with anchors are now calculated during analysis of restraint and equipment loads.
  • RD 10-249-98: Added ability to consider three mill tolerances in branches in accordance with standards
  • Distance between supports is now calculated separately by strength and allowable sagging, in START-Elements
  • RD 10-249-98: Added analysis of wall thickness in accordance with section 5.2
4.61 R3
  • Fixed minor bugs (error and warning display, etc.)
4.61 R2
  • Fixed maximum temperature display in temperature history
  • Fixed input of "welded joint pressure strength factor" of less than 1
  • Fixed pressure analysis for extruded tees (taking into account the length of the adjoining pipe element)
  • Changed analysis methods for resistance to external overpressure (vacuum pipe elements)
  • Error message "Adjoining elements must have identical properties (distributed weight of insulation)" for branches changed to warning
  • Removed error message "Adjoining elements must have identical properties (pipe material)" for stub-ins. Stub-in analysis is now performed taking into account different run and branch materials
  • Set stricter restrictions on input data (pad width for stub-ins and welded tees, length of buried pipe elements)
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Implemented analysis using SA 03-003-07 "Stress and vibration analysis for steel industrial pipelines", replacing STP 09.04.02. The following changes were made: external pressure analysis for tees, improved tee stress analysis methods, changed tee model and took into account branch flexibility, and more
  • Replaced PB 03-108-96 with SA 03-005-07 for rejection thickness analysis "Process piping for oil refining, petrochemical and chemical industries. Equipment and use requirements"
  • Implemented analysis using GOST 30732-2006 "Pipes and fittings with sheathed polyurethane heat insulation", replacing GOST 30732-2001. Adjusted the insulation database and added ability to choose PUR type 1 and type 2 when inputting casing diameter and thickness for buried elements
  • Added automatic consideration of bourdon effect in branches. Bourdon effect affects support and equipment loads, as well as node displacement when branch ovalization factor is more than 0%
  • Added automatic consideration of pendulum effect in spring hangers (rod displacement from vertical). START 4.60 and lower files set rod length as 0 by default (pendulum effect is not considered)
  • Added automatic consideration of friction in spring supports. START 4.60 and lower files set the friction factor as 0 by default (friction is not considered)
  • Added new element - cap. Using caps allows more accurate modeling of internal pressure thrust loads on supports and equipment connections. START 4.60 and lower files automatically place caps in all free end nodes (without supports or fittings). See pressure thrust force and bourdon effect
  • All branches are now analyzed for bending and internal pressure. Branch types are changed from "bend", "flange", "welded" to "elbow", "bend", "miter", "extruded". New properties are added for branches (number of miter joints, weld quality factor, presence or absence of flanges, weld position relative to branch plane). START 4.60 and lower files use bends for branches with a radius of less than 2D and branches with flanges, while branches with a radius of more than 2D are changed to bends. Welded branches are replaced by miter branches, where the number of miter joints is automatically determined in order that the skew angle is 22.5 or 15 degrees. We recommend reviewing, and if necessary editing, outdated file versions.
  • Total allowance is change to two parameters for all pipes and fittings - "corrosion allowance" and "mill tolerance". START 4.60 and lower files automatically set mill tolerance as 10% of wall thickness, while the rest of total allowance is taken as corrosion allowance. Mill tolerance and corrosion tolerance combined always equal total allowance. We recommend reviewing, and if necessary editing, outdated file versions.
  • Added pressure analysis for miter and extruded branches using RD 10-249-98 in START-Elements and START-Base
  • Changed restrictions for axial expansion joint skew. Equivalent axial displacement from rotational deformation cannot be more than 5% of allowable axial expansion movement
  • Hoop stress analysis using SNIP 2.05.06-85 no longer takes into account bending stress from cross-section ovalization under soil pressure
  • Loosened restriction for pipeline turning point angles with large radius bends (0.07 degrees)
  • Improved one-time expansion joint analysis in START-Elements
  • Longitudinal weld quality factor for welded tee and stub-in analysis is now always set as 1
  • Added wall thickness pressure analysis in START-Elements: Expansion joint and pipe analysis
  • Tested for Windows Vista
  • Added insert U-shaped expansion joint
  • Added ability to sort element list by any parameter by clicking on it in the heading
  • Selecting a row in the element list highlights the corresponding element in 3D view
  • The element list table width is reduced
  • Improved stress output menu for fittings. Added forces for all adjoining elements and made the organization more user-friendly
  • 3D view zoom can now be controlled with the mouse wheel
  • Added element properties tree. Elements can be selected by property (pressure, temperature, wall thickness, etc.)
  • Added ability to input service life in hours in general data for RD 10-249-98
  • Branch dimensions are determined automatically by adjoining elements for extruded tees
  • Improved measurement of distance between nodes
  • Added ability to edit type for a category of fittings. For example, all extruded tees of a certain type can be changed to stub-ins
  • Added ability to copy and insert node fittings from context menu
  • Improved rotation
  • Improved insert node function
  • Improved move node function
  • Friction factor in all restraints can now be from 0.05 to 0.4
  • Standard guiding supports can now be placed on elements with a 0.02 incline
  • Set stricter restrictions on input data
  • Added collision restriction for inserting new elements. Creating closed contours is now more user-friendly. In case of overlap, the option to insert a new node is presented
  • Added ability to copy tees and branches from START-Elements to nodes in START
  • Fixed bug with load strength analysis for equipment in local coordinates. All loads in all states are first transferred to local coordinates, then strength is determined (as opposed to selecting strength first and transferring it to local coordinates, as in prior versions.)
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Fixed bugs with branches and fatigue failure analysis using RD10-249-98 section 5.2
  • Added demo videos in help
  • Improved help
  • Fixed bug with spring support and hanger analysis
  • Fixed bug with non-standard tees
  • Fixed bug with copying diameter and wall thickness into other elements
  • Fixed R1 factor in SNIP for buried pipelines. Implemented amendment 1 section 8.35 for strength requirement warnings
  • Fixed bug with saving in local coordinates for support loads table
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Selection mode is turned on by double clicking on an empty space in 3D view
  • Fixed bug causing error: "fitting is bigger than adjoining elements"
  • Improved help
  • Fixed bugs with displaying displacements in arbitrary points along the branches length in output 3D view, and with updating displacements if local coordinates are selected
  • Fixed bugs with analysis of pipelines containing guiding supports
  • For austenitic steel pipeline with a temperature above 370 degrees, the warning that relaxation and averaging factors must be set is no longer displayed
  • Fixed bug with copying elements with dimensions set in angles or projections
  • Fixed bug causing error: "expansion joint skew is not allowable"
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Improved help
  • Added ability to copy and paste fittings and supports
  • Last node is automatically selected after inserting an element
  • Node numbering step can now be set when splitting an element
  • Added "length" to element properties
  • Fixed bug with working with Windows 98
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Added ability to display deformed view of the pipeline from input loads and forces. Changes when going from test to work to cold state can be viewed as an animation
  • Added detailed context help. Answers to frequently asked questions and theories behind methods used in START can be found here. Search function is also available
  • Removed node number restriction. Up to 32000 nodes are now allowed
  • Removed all restrictions on the number of materials, end nodes, cross-sections, branches types, soils, etc.
  • Removed restriction requiring the presence of at least one anchor
  • Improved analyses to allow START to run faster
  • Added buried bend stability analysis using SNIP 2.05.06-85 in START-Elements
  • Implemented adjusted methods of analysis for distance between one-time expansion joints in START-Elements. Distances are now bigger
  • Changed tee stress analysis methods: forces and stress are now calculated at the connection point of branch and run, not for run and branch axes intersection point
  • Added consideration of soil subsidence for buried pipelines
  • Added ability to set support displacement independently of adjoining equipment in test and operation state and other forces (for example, support or equipment subsidence)
  • Added allowable deformation and skew restriction for axial, rotational and lateral expansion joints
  • Added ability to display specs for all elements and fittings
  • Added to the insulation database. 4 new insulation types for heating networks are added: mineral wool with asbestos-cement plaster and fibreglass
  • Improved input restrictions
  • Added restriction on proximity of one-way restraints and other restraints
  • Added restriction on branch weight, allowable support displacement , etc.
  • Added warnings and error messages
  • Improved interface to be more user-friendly
  • Improved menu display, pictograms, etc.
  • Added "errors and warnings" window for input data analysis and for output. The element or node with the error can be selected by clicking on the message, while double-clicking brings up the properties or results table
  • Added ability to copy and paste from one START window to another
  • Added ability to insert fittings and supports into a selected group of nodes
  • Added tabbed view
  • Added option: "always calculate displacement in nodes" in properties
  • "Apply" button added to element properties menus
  • Added ability to set save preferences
  • Added ability to calculate distance between nodes
  • Branch weight is now automatically calculated and can be viewed in branch properties
  • Improved setting of center for rotation
  • Added ability to rotate around a selected point
  • Tables of displacements, expansion joint deformations and support loads can now be printed in global or local and global coordinates
  • Added ability to paste flexibility from NTP Truboprovod Nozzle-FEM
  • Other interface improvements, fixed other minor bugs
  • Fixed bugs with 3D view when using "edit element"
  • Implemented work with two monitors
  • Fixed bug with transferring data from PCF ("STARTPCF")
  • Added pad thickness and width restrictions for tees
  • Restored ability to insert tee pads when working with RTM 38.001-94. It must be noted that RTM 38.001-94 does not apply to tees with padding. In START, pad wall thickness is added to run wall thickness.
  • Restored ability to insert valves in buried pipelines
  • Implemented stress analysis using 09-04-02
  • Improved stress analysis methods for tees and branches higher stress process piping elements;
  • Various mechanical properties are considered for stress analysis of seamless and welded pipes and fittings;
  • Added recommendations for stress and local stability analyses of pipelines under external overpressure (vacuum pipelines).
  • Improved stress analysis for gas and oil transmission pipelines in accordance with SNIP 2.05.06-85
  • Adjusted overpressure stress analysis of pipeline elements
  • For pipelines with PUR-insulation added insulation stress analysis in accordance with GOST 3073-2001
  • Improved stress output table
  • Change allowable stress for buried pipelines
  • Added ability to analyze stability of buried bends
  • Made changes to the materials database
  • Improved interface
  • Improved toolbars, menus, etc.
  • More user-friendly input and output analysis due to the ability to switch between global and local coordinates
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Disabled use of pads when working with RTM 38.001-94, since it does not include corresponding methodology. This was allowed previously by increasing run wall thickness. Analysis of padded tees is covered in 09-04-02
  • Changed the functioning of guiding supports. When one-way vertical restraints are turned off, lateral restraints switch off automatically
  • START designers: V. Magalif, E. Shapiro, A. Bushuyev, E. Youdovina, A. Matveev, A. Zherikov
  • Fixed minor bugs
  • Weight load stress analysis in operation state is done in accordance with RD 10-249-98, RD 10-400-01, RTM 38.001-94
  • Allowable test state pressure analysis is done using SNIP 2.05.06-85 section 13.16
  • Fixed bug in materials database menu for GOST 14249-89, used in START Nozzle's Elements function
  • Implemented "Stress and vibration analysis for steel process piping 09-04-02
  • Adjusted stress analysis methods for tees and branches in district heating networks. Safety margins for static stress and fatigue failure analyses were reduced, which allows the use of thinner branches and tees
  • Added START-Pro (in addition to START-Lite), where restrictions on the number of elements are removed. This is especially applicable for large buried heating networks
  • Implemented analysis of buried transmission pipelines and heating networks with large radius branches and bends
  • Added ability to wedge or not wedge spring supports in test state (previously, they were wedged automatically)
  • Nodes with deformation and additional loads are now marked in 3D view. Made changes to the materials database, which allow adjusting the analysis using appropriate standards
  • Unified START-Elements and START-Express interfaces
  • Reformatted and corrected materials database
  • Implemented new weight analysis in operation state
  • Adjusted PUR-insulation stress analysis
  • Added insulation to databases. Database includes weights for common insulation types for pipelines with a diameter of 50 to 1000mm. To set insulation weight for pipe length, simply press "..." and select insulation type. Previously, insulation weight was input manually. The database is open and can be edited
  • Adjusted interaction with soil for buried pipelines
  • Trench width is no longer input
  • Stress from soil weight was reduced due to reduction of safety margins
  • Added insulation stress analysis for buried pipelines with PUR-insulation, where stress is soil pressure. Insulation stress analysis uses RD 10-400-01
  • A network version of START can now be installed
  • Added START-PDMS, for importing data from PDMS to START
  • Added casing thickness and removed trench width in START-Open format
  • Improved interface
  • Comments in accordance with various standards are added to output table
  • Added "Comments" field to Stress output table
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Adjusted branch flexibility analysis in accordance with RD 10-249-98 section 5.1
  • In START-Elements, made significant adjustments to Expansion joint and pipe analysis for buried, trenched and above-ground pipelines
  • In START-Elements, made adjustments to stub-in analysis for buried, trenched and above-ground pipelines
  • Adjusted analyses in START-Base and START-Elements
  • To bending stress analysis for tees and branches
  • To analysis of interaction with soil for pipes with industrial polyurethane insulation
  • Added non-parallel shoulders for analyses of buried U and Z-shaped elements
  • Added START-Nozzle to START-Elements, which allows flexibility analysis of pipeline stub-ins into various vessels and equipment. Analyzed using WRC-297 and BS-5500
  • Improved 3D view, added dynamic rotation, move and zoom
  • Added START-Word, which allows export from START to Microsoft Word
  • Change analysis methods for buried pipelines with one-time expansion joints
  • Changed database structure (input and editing can now be done in ACCESS)
  • Fixed other minor bugs
  • Took into account the increasing flexibility of non-uniform strength tees
  • Implemented START-PCF, allowing the import of ISOGEN 3D pipeline models into START (including PLANT4D and PlantSpace Design Series)
  • Included new installation packet
  • Automatic stress analysis for buried heat networks with one-time expansion joints. Added changes to interface
  • Made changes due to cancellation of OST 108.031.08-85 - OST 108.031.10-85 for steam and hot water pipelines and RTM 24-038-08-72 for power pipelines, as well as the implementation of RD 10-249-98
  • Released the first version of START 4.00 for Windows 95,98 (NTP "Truboprovod")
  • Designers: V. Magalif, E. Shapiro, A. Bushuyev, E. Youdovina
  • Released START, START-P (buried pipeline analysis)
  • Released START for MS DOS
  • Released ST-01 for ES-1040 PC
  • Released ST-01 for MINSK 32 PC
  • Released ST-1 and ST-1M for MINSK 2 PC (Giprokauchuk company)
  • Designers: V. Magalif, E. Shapiro
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