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2013 Material Update
RCSWinUpdate.01.01.14 will update your RCS system from version 01.01.13.  Mt (material) files will not be updated.

Note: Before proceeding, if you have added materials to the RCS database that cannot be found within the ASME Electronic Stress Tables, copy \rcswin\mt\mtall.11a to \rcswin\mt\mtall.13 and these materials will be retained.

To update MTALL.13 using MTALL.11a:

Select Tools->Setup->Material Update
Select the options as desired and run.  Updating should normally run fine using the default settings.  If you need help with this, contact RCS for further instructions.

Note: To get a printout of all instructions, program and file updates, enhancements, and corrections from within RCS, go to Tools->Administrative and double click on Edit / Print updates.  Note that this displays the last several updates.

  • Bill of Material Program
    A special run file called "Special_Bill_Cplg" has been added to the working directory.  This file is a setting for how you want to call out couplings on the Bill of Material.  The file as sent out sets couplings as "WELD IN COUPLINGS W/ PLUGS".

  • UHX Tubesheet Program
    (a)  Variables for minimum pressures Tube Side and Shell Side have been added.  These variables are Ptd,min and Pts,min.  These variables can only be input through the Menus [Load Current Job Data] button in the UHX program.

    (b)  UHX-10(b): "The outside diameter, A, used for tubesheet calculations shall not exceed the diameter at which the thickness of the tubesheet extension is less than the minimum of 0.75h or h - 0.375 in."  h = Tubesheet thickness.

    Note that there can be 3 diameters that can be run and comply with UHX-10(b) and yield the thinnest tubesheet. 
    Diameter #1:  Minimum of turn diameter at cylinder inside diameters.
    Diameter #2:  Minimum of turn diameter at effective gasket outside diameters.
    Diameter #3:  Tubesheet outside diameter.

    Note that when A diameter of tubesheet goes up, stresses go down.
    Note that when A diameter of tubesheet goes up, depending on tubesheet turns, thickness at A diameter, to comply with UHX-10(b) becomes thinner.

    Note: UHX batch run will always set A to the minimum of the cylinder inside diameter turns.  This setting will always comply to UHX-10(b) because the thickness of the tubesheet at this A diameter is the same as the center of the tubesheet.  This does not always yield the thinnest tubesheet, so you may want to check tubesheet thickness at the other two diameters of A.  To do this, click on the button [Input] at the A diameter input.

    Note:  If you load an existing job and don't want to comply with version 2013 of UHX-10(b), then:

        A.)  If you go to [Run] -> Menus -> UHX Tubesheets, data will come in as the previous run.  The A diameter will be the tubesheet outside diameter.  The 3 diameters to comply with UHX-10(b) will come in as zeros.  Since these variables are zero, the program will not consider UHX-10(b).

        B.)  From the UHX menu program, if you click on the button [Load Current Job Data], job data will set A to minimum cylinder inside diameter turns.  At this point, click on [Input] at A input and then click on button [Calc with A at this Point] at the tubesheet outside diameter.  This will set run to tubesheet outside diameter for A.  When you run tubesheet calculations, ignore references and flags to UHX-10(b) to comply to previous versions before 2013. 

        C.)  If you rerun the job, the UHX batch program will load current job data and set data per 2013.  After job is run, go to UHX program under Menus and follow B.) above.

    (c)  Diameter DE has been added for hr shear calculations.  If DE is zero, shear at tubesheet is not calculated.  This calculation is required only if Lever calculations are not being calculated, i.e., unflanged configurations, standard diameter tubesheets, etc.  See UHX-10. 
    Note that the UHX program will always calculate shear if diameter DE is input.  This should not affect previous runs.

    (d)  Changes have been made to the average shear stress calculations.  This should not affect previous runs.

    (e)  On C-Type units, units where the channel cylinder is welded to the tubesheet, the following change was made.  Program was allowing for a pass plate groove on channel side.  Since no groove is used on channel side for this type of unit, program no longer allows for a groove in the calculations. 

  • Data files added or changed:
    \Rcswin\mt:  Coef.data and Mod.data, both related to 2013 material updates.

    \Rcswin\ext:  EX218, EX529, and EX530.  These correspond to external pressure chart changes in the 2013 edition of ASME Section II part D. 

    \Rcswin\def:  UCS66.1, UCS66_ITEC, ASME, and several heat treat files (ht_*).  These are due to various minor changes in ASME code related to heat treating and other things.

  • HTRI Xist interface with RCSWin:

    RCSWin now has a bi-directional interface with HTRI's Xist software.  Note that this interface requires both RCSWin and HTRI XChangerSuite to be installed on the same computer.  This interface makes use of HTRI's Automation Server and it's capabilities, and allows you to import data directly from an HTRI file rather than having to first export it to a .DBO file.  In addition, RCSWin job file data can now be exported back to an HTRI file.  Note that this interface is compliant with Xist XChangerSuite version 7. 

    To import data from an HTRI file, click File -> HTRI Interface -> Open HTRI Xist File. 

    To export data from an RCSWin job file to HTRI, click File -> HTRI Interface -> Save Job as HTRI File. 

    For more information, including a complete explanation of how the interface works, click File -> HTRI Interface -> About Interface.