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Platinum Pipe Award - Engineering Award

Applied Flow Technology Platinum Pipe Award Now Accepting Entries


Colorado Springs, Colo., USA – September 1, 2020 – Applied Flow Technology (AFT) is now accepting entries for the 2021 Platinum Pipe Award. Since 2004, the annual contest has recognized excellence in piping and ducting system modeling using AFT software. On average, five to ten projects are recognized each year in the categories of:

  1. Most Interesting Model: Show us how features in AFT software allowed you to model something that you were not able to do before. Could encompass a model that is particularly interesting, using features in a creative way, interesting use of a module, or even the model with the most interesting backstory.
  2. Correlation to Test/Field Data: Did your hydraulic model and field data match well? Did you compare a real system to one modeled in AFT software?
  3. Operational Benefits and Sustainability: Did your hydraulic model significantly change the way operations are performed and save time, energy, material or money? Was the reliability of your system increased? Were there environmental benefits from the study?

Entries are due to AFT by October 31, 2020.

Winners receive a $500 gift card (or a donation to their charity of choice), their company receives $2,000 in software, and of course, each winner receives unlimited bragging rights.

For more information visit: https://www.aft.com/about-aft/platinum-pipe-award


2020 Winners

We had many excellent entries but five stood out in their categories. Each project was featured in an AFT Case Study

Ross Haimes, Hatch  |  Winner - Most Interesting Model

Water Injection system off the coast of Brazil is transferred through 12” subsea flowlines to wellhead platforms which are located approximately 4 and 5 km from the FPSO respectively. A dynamic study on the water injection system performed in 2010 identified issues related to water hammer in the main process and subsea flowlines which have not been resolved. Waterhammer / liquid surge effects can cause high transient pressures in specific local areas due to the interaction of surge waves propagated through and reflected from the various pipelines, valves and fittings in the system. On a complex water injection system, overall assessment of the entire system considering all scenarios with the potential to generate water hammer effects is essential and can produce counter-intuitive results. The waterhammer analysis study has been performed to assess the entire produced water and water injection system for surge pressures resulting from the most onerous credible valve closure scenarios.

Bernard Muller, MegChem  |  Winner - Most Interesting Model

This model focuses on crude and slop transfer pipelines in South Africa. Overfill protection will be installed on various tanks in the Tank Farm of the client. This will involve the addition a motor-operated valves (MOVs) on the inlet to each of the tanks. If these MOVs are closed whilst Crude is being transferred to the tanks via the 120 km transfer pipeline, it will cause a surge pressure which can potentially exceed the design pressure of the pipeline. Similarly, if slop is transferred from the plant to the storage tanks (2 km pipeline), a surge pressure will also be created in the slop transfer line. A surge analysis was performed in AFT Impulse on the crude and slop transfer systems to determine what the closing times of the MOVs should be to prevent the pipeline design pressure from being exceeded.

Rupesh Soni, Stone Oil & Gas  |  Winner - Test/Data Correlation

A mining processing plant return water (run‐off of tailings deposition and rainwater) is discharged from the Tailings Management Facility (TMF) to balance the overall water level of the TMF. This return water is pumped via a pipeline from the TMF to the ocean outfall diffuser from a barge-mounted pumping system. The purpose of the steady-state simulation is to, generate a process datasheet for return water Booster Pumps, return water Booster Pumps pressure control valve, and other booster station instrumentation (e.g. flow meter, pressure transmitters/gauges) based on the steady-state hydraulic model.  The pipeline steady-state simulation model was benchmarked against reported client plant data. Steady-state simulation model for return water pipeline was built in AFT Impulse simulation software.

Maren Deal, Brown and Caldwell  |  Winner - Operational Benefits & Sustainability

Brown and Caldwell was hired to design the reliability and process improvements project at a 64 million gallons per day (MGD) wastewater treatment plant. This project is following the progressive design-build procurement method and includes improving the secondary treatment processes at the plant by replacing aging equipment and improving plant efficiency and operations. This includes upgrades to multiple process units at the plant including the aeration tanks and blowers. The aeration tanks are part of a secondary biological nutrient removal process that uses the microorganisms that naturally occur in wastewater to biodegrade the organic matter in the wastewater. AFT Arrow was used extensively for the operations optimization, design, and planning for the upgrades to this aeration system at the plant.

Cristian Lira & Diego Sanchez, Procure  |  Honorable Mention - Operational Benefits & Sustainability

This study was due to the high frequency of non-programmed shutdown at a desalination plant in Brazil. Shutdowns lowered the capacity of the plant to about 94% of it’s nominal capacity. The system modeled include 9 ERS racks (modeled as positive displacement pumps), 9 valves to simulate the shutdown of an ERS rack in different configurations, and 2 brine tanks. With the performance of hydraulic chimneys, the non-programmed shutdowns were reduced to an average of 1 shutdown per day. With these results, the desalination plant increased its throughput by, 6,000 [m3] per day, which lead to savings of USD 175,000 per year.






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