Technical Brief

Optimization of Piping Supports and Supporting Structure

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Kleio Avrithi

Assistant Professor University of Houston-Downtown Department of Computer Science and Engineering Technology 1 Main Street, N707, Houston, TX 77002

Harrison Hyung Min Kim

Professor and Donald Biggar Willett Scholar Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (ISE) & Beckman Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 405 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036144 History: Received September 23, 2016; Revised February 11, 2017


Optimization of piping supports is a well-known problem. The paper considers the optimization of piping supports with respect to cost and the loads transmitted to the supporting structural elements, when the orientation of the supporting structure is to be determined. This is the case, when new structural elements need to be added to the existing building structure to support components and piping systems that come as a new addition to a nuclear plant. The Analytical Target Cascading (ATC) method is used for the optimization, combining the support loads from different piping analyses in a hierarchical framework. It is shown that the ATC method can be used for an optimized location of structural elements simultaneously supporting complex piping systems and implemented in a structural analysis software.

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