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PASS/START-PROF provides comprehensive pipe stress, flexibility, stability, and fatigue strength analysis with related sizing calculations according to international and national codes and standards.

First introduced in 1965, PASS/START-PROF combines

  • a highly efficient solver, powerful analysis features,
  • a user-friendly GUI, an intuitive 3D graphical pre/post-processor,
  • a detailed help system with embedded intelligence from generations of piping design experts.

A modern interface


Due to modern object-oriented and intuitive user interface in PASS/START-PROF engineers can start working immediately, no need to spend a time for “how to push the buttons” training. Basically companies can put PASS/START-PROF into application immediately after purchase. It significantly reduces costs in time saved without compromising on the quality of end results. Engineers can deliver a good quality pipe stress analysis using PASS/START-PROF with minimal training and guidance.

PASS/START-PROF is so smart that you just need to draw the piping like in 3D modeling software and push the button “run analysis”. The user should think about piping design, not about node numbering, model creation, etc. PASS/START-PROF will tell you if your model has any problems and show where exactly. All checks are made automatically: stresses, support loads, expansion joint deformations, flange leakage, buckling, loads on springs in all operating modes, stresses in insulation, and stresses in flaws. Table cells with a problem are marked with a red color. All results can be presented in any coordinate system: global, local. PASS/START-PROF offers detailed pipe stress report with all equations that was used; you can check all equations manually.

Used worldwide

PASS/START-PROF has a smart, easy and friendly user interface and user’s manual in English, Chinese, and Russian languages. Even the beginner can perform pipe stress analysis without any special training. PASS/START-PROF also enables faster piping modeling than other software.

Process and piping engineers of more than 3,000 companies in many countries already use the software every day for stress analysis and design of different types of pipelines.

PASS/START-PROF offers many functions that make piping model creation very quick including: group editing, quick loop addition, node point renumbering, and spring data application. PASS/START-PROF can import piping models ready for analysis from AVEVA PDMS and E3D, Caesar II, and PCF formats. You may exchange data within the PASS suite and with a large spectrum of general and special purpose CAD and CAE software tools.

Interfaced with many tools


PASS/START-PROF is an ideal component for integration into any piping design workflow with interfaces to multiple design and analysis software tools.

You may analyse pipelines for: process and power, gas and oil transportation, district heating piping, hot water supply, and more.

Stress, flexibility, stability, and fatigue strength analysis are performed for buried, above ground, vacuum, high pressure, high temperature, and cryogenic piping. Pipelines with various types of restraints, fittings, and expansion joints can be easily evaluated. PASS/START-PROF also offers automatic selection of constant and variable spring supports.

PASS/START-PROF can analyze a wide range of materials used in pipelines. Basically this namely includes steel, nonferrous materials, plastic pipes and fittings, orthotropic materials such as fiberglass, reinforced plastic, glass reinforced plastics, and glass reinforced epoxy.

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