Hexagon PV Elite

Hexagon unveils new release of PV Elite to improve safety

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Hexagon has announced the new release of PV Elite, its software solution for vessel and heat exchanger design, analysis and evaluation.

Since its launch three decades ago, PV Elite aims to equip users with the right design tools for the most extreme uses, and this new version aims to provide them with expanded capabilities for improved safety.

Announced by its Asset Lifecycle Intelligence division, the latest release should incorporate all the tools necessary to perform a broad range of vessel analysis and boundary-defining data inputs, enabling engineers to efficiently design and quickly comprehend results that ensure safety.

It includes EN 13445 code enhancements, such as a simplified fatigue analysis, creep design and blast loads for horizontal vessels, rectangular vessel analysis for all supported codes, updates to the North American wind and seismic code, and enhancements to the material database user experience.

This version of Hexagon PV Elite should also include user experience enhancements, making it easy to learn, start-up and use for new and experienced engineers alike.

Hexagon says the update streamlines data entry by breaking input into sensible subsets, while analysis may be done in one pass over the entire pressure vessel model or on individual components, such as shells, nozzles and flanges.

“Pressure vessel engineers are tasked with projects that vary greatly by size, type and material,” said Kristin Coyle, product owner at Hexagon’s Asset Lifecycle Intelligence division.


“This new version of PV Elite provides them with everything they need to improve their productivity, save time and optimise engineering design using enhanced data capabilities. In addition, it’s easier than ever to learn and use, which makes it perfect for users requiring fast start-up and confidence in their safety code calculations,” he concluded.